When I was making the outfits for my first Hitty, Faith, replicating the clothes in the illustration of the original book, I first thought I would make the bridal gown for Hitty Faith. I came to realize, though, that the bridal gown was so elaborate and would be so intricate to make that I would never want to take it off the doll. Consequently, I decided to buy a doll specifically to wear the bridal gown. The doll I choose was one made by Susan Sirkis, and is shown here in all her unadorned glory. She is almost an inch taller than the traditional Hitty, which I thought would be an advantage in making the bridal gown. I named her Prudence, as I hoped she would be prudent in marrying.
I knew that the very full skirt of the bridal dress would require some support underneath, so I first made Prudence a hoop skirt. I used thin hat wire for the hoops. The vertical bands and waistband were made from 1/4" twill tape.
Next, Prudence would need a petticoat, to smooth out the ridges the hoop skirt wires would make. I made the petticoat of white cotton batiste, adding a self-fabric ruffle around the bottom.
Below is the illustration of Hitty dressed as a bride from the original book and a photo of the bridal gown that I made:
So this is the end of my Hitty project. Originally, it was going to be one doll and a room or two. It ended up being six dolls, two rooms, and a ton of clothes. I keep thinking up new projects, the number of which feels overwhelming. I've been working lately on bringing some of my doll projects to completion, which feels wonderful! There is, however, one last thing for Hitty not yet done. I still need to find some twigs to put in the basket by the fireplace in the sitting room. But I think I might leave that to do in 2016.