In-between the seasons

The post has to be called something, doesn’t it 🙂

This winter has really been vague, though. There hasn’t been enough snowfall for my liking. The shriveled leaves give the world an autumn look. The odd ray of sunshine seems like a promise of a coming spring. For me, it is also an invitation to go out take some more photos.

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I’m loving the tunic free pattern from Mekkotehdas. It has made for the most satisfying sewing project so far. I’m very grateful that someone out there decided to share such a great work free of charge.

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I also like the colour and the print on the fabric very much – it comes from a thrifted shirt. It was also great for sewing – until recently I’ve been mostly trying to sew with jersey (that is whatever old t-shirts I had lying around 🙂 ) and I couldn’t handle the stretchiness very well. Stiffer cottons are soo much better – if only I knew that from the start!

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I’ll admit that all the photos so far come from the same forest/park nearby. This is mostly because whenever favorable weather conditions strike, I head for the closest green area so as not to miss the moment. I do have a growing appetite for more exploration. I think I’d especially like a more urban session, but I’d have to develop some more courage first 🙂

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Well, I guess it’s time to go home 🙂

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Disney (Doll) on Ice

Unfortunately, I don’t have any tiny ice skates lying around, so no skating was involved.

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As a French girl, Belle more than deserves a beret. I’d say it suits her, too.

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The sweater was made from one of my favorite gloves, after I lost the other one. The bottom of the glove became the turtleneck. It actually did not have an opening in the back, so I had to pull it up through her hips. It was so hard to squeeze the arms in that I was afraid they might pop out, so at the end of the day I decided to simply cut her out of it. Rest in peace, favorite gloves/Norwegian doll sweater.

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Depending on the outfit, sometimes I forget it’s a toddler doll, but in the photo above she definitely looks small and helpless.

DSCF7072bApparently there are beavers in the area.

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The wool cap is the only item of clothing I did not make. It was made some 20 years ago by my aunt Marlena for my favorite teddy bear. I think she’d be pleased to know it is still used 🙂

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Belle Animators WinterUnfortunately, I did not notice that Belle’s collar is messed up in a lot of pictures, which is a shame especially that it also shows its imperfections – it’s the first collar I’ve ever sewn, plus it was improvised without a pattern.

I think that the reason I missed some details in the pictures is that I was quite distracted trying to avoid people. I greatly enjoy photographing dolls out in the real world, but it makes me feel very self-aware 🙂