Here's Dorothy with a new look!  I love 50's music, and wish I could have had my own poodle skirt!  With just a few simple alterations, you too can transform Dorothy into a "Happy Days Girl".  Basic instructions, and a link to the poodle skirt pattern follow below.  Have fun!

 

Instructions

Use Sculpey to model saddle shoes over Dorothy's pumps.  If desired, glue small strips of knit fabric over molded socks, and fold down for cuffs.  Make laces from embroidery thread.
Skirt can be either lined, or narrow hemmed.  Hemline is edged with bunka. 

Poodle's leash is made from bunka.

To Skirt Pattern

Cut poodle from contrasting fabric. Use glue or wonder under to attach to skirt. Fill shaded areas on pattern with raveled bunka.  If desired, glue flat back rhinestones across neck to make collar,
Cut a second skirt piece from white batiste.  Trim off 1" from the outer edge.  Gather three rows of 1" wide organze ribbon to fabric.  Place first row around outer edge, and move each subsequent row up 1/4"
Gather crinoline to doll, slightly below the waist.  

 

Gather Poodle skirt around doll's waist.  If necessary, make a small cut down center back to get skirt over doll's head, then stitch opening closed with tiny hand stitches.

I made Dorothy's sweater from a piece of an old angora sweater.  Any small soft knit will do.  Keep the sweater a simple one piece garment, pulling over head, and hand whipping side seams.

Embroidery thread was stiffened and formed to shape the monogram, then glued to sweater.  

Scarf is made from a small strip of chiffon.

Belt is a piece of wide middy braid, threaded thru a small doll buckle.

Hair was styled in a pony tail with bangs.  Pony tail was then dampened and curled around a thin knitting needle and allowed to dry.  Pink ribbon was added.

Skirt was dampened with hairspray, and gently gathered and held with a rubberband until dry so that skirt would hang properly.

Skirt was dampened with hairspray, and gently gathered and held with a rubberband until dry so that skirt would hang properly.

 

 

 

 

 

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