Ralph

ralph

You might be wondering about the name. I was inspired by Ralph Lauren for this look so the name seemed to make sense. I wanted to continue working with my Tonner dolls, and in particular my new Déjà Vu Julia. I love her pretty face and open mouth, she is smaller through the ribcage than Antoinette, but they do wear about the same size. Antoinette or ever Tyler’s patterns could be altered to fit her without too much effort.  Even so, I made two patterns one of Déjà Vu and the other for Antoinette. These 1920’s style town/hunt outfits include patterns for the jodhpurs, jacket, vest, shirt, tie and hat.

It was especially fun designing and sewing these. I took a lot of sewing pictures of the blouse. So you can see some of the steps which are really the same as I use for making my own shirts and blouses. It makes the process so much easier and the end product will look much more professional.

I used lightweight fabrics for all the pieces with the ties being made of a Georgette.  The jacket and jodhpurs were made in wool or a wool blend. I love sewing with wool, it is so easy to set sleeves. The vests were made in knit. On Deja Vu I used a fashion sweater knit which was extremely lightweight and lined it with an equally lightweight jersey. The open down the back which makes it easy to get the doll.