**NOTE: I always dress from the inside out, and
bottom to top when possible (I'm a Virgo <G>).
Step 1 - Gown. Cut out rectangle from burgundy
doeskin suede. The hem doesn't need to be sewn as material does not fray. Glue
side edges together, to form tube. Gather top of tube, and slide up doll body, to
waist. Tie shut.
Step 2 - Dickey. Cut out small 'V' shaped piece
of solid burgundy material. Glue on front of neck/chest, wrapping edges around neck
to back and glue down. This piece could be covered up by hair/beard.
Step 3 - Vest. Cut out vest pattern piece from
striped burgundy material. Glue to front of doll, placing over waist band of gown,
and over the top of dickey. Glue edges to back of doll. Glue on trim as desired
for decoration. You can also add buttons with beads or fabric paint.
Step 4 - Coat. Cut out coat pattern piece.
Keep right sides together, sew side edges from hem to wrist. Turn coat to
right side out, place on doll, and add a spot of glue on inside front edges (gently push
down to adhere to doll's chest). This keeps material nicely in place. Decorate
as desired with trims, fur (we cut thin strips of fur-like material), and glued to front
Step 5 - Hat. Cut narrow strip of fur material
(about 1"). Fold in half horizontally, and glue. Roll this trip into a
small hat, glue inside to hold shape.
Step 6 - Hair. Pleat small section of white
viscose with pleater. Glue this strip down on head, from ear to ear (don't worry
about a part, as hat covers top of head). Gently pick hair into place with corsage
pin. Add a bit of hair spray if too many frizzies. Glue hat on top.