The Modern Kids

There are a lot of orphans who have made The Island their home. These are the modern kids. They live together, play together, and sometimes fight together (though they always make up later). They all have a wide variety if interests and came to The Island in different ways.

Adalyn Grace Hopkins – She is the oldest of the orphans so far, though she really isn’t the mothering type, Evangeline is much better at that. Instead, Adalyn spends her time playing her guitar and singing and dreaming of one day being in a band and playing onstage. She is always trying to get the other kids to join her, but they aren’t very interested, though, they do like hearing her play and enjoy singing along to their favorite songs.

Evangeline Joy Hopkins – Evangeline loves sewing dresses. She loves creating the most beautiful dresses to wear, and someday she hopes to create her own couture label. For now she help Mrs. Walker at her dress shop. There she ends up helping sew the simple everyday dresses that the women of town need. Which may be slightly boring, but it still does need a lot of skill and hard work.

Ashley Taylor Hopkins – Ashley doesn’t really like people.  The only exceptions are her twin brother, Jack, and her best friend Suze. Other than them she doesn’t really talk to other people, ever. She is really smart, and someday would probably become a scientist, she does love to study nature. Most of the time she can be found listening to metal music really loud and reading manga, sometimes she draws.

Jack Tyler Hopkins – Jack is not like his twin sister, Ashley, because he actually like other people. He has a friendly dog named Lucy, and they tend to walk around town together, talking to anyone around. He loves geeky stuff, Sci-Fi, and computers. He doesn’t really know what he wants to do, sometimes he wants to be a writer, sometimes an engineer, sometimes a computer designer, most of the time he doesn’t want to be anybody in particular, just himself walking around town with his dog.

Katarina Hopkins – Katarina loves horses. She thinks about them all the time. She draws them, reads about them, plays with them, and someday she dreams about owning one and riding it everyday. However, she is an orphan and has no way to make money, so she cannot buy a horse. One day, she and Lavina went to hunt for a unicorn so that she could get a horse, and she befriended Brianne. Ever since then, she regularly goes to the Larsons’ farm to help with the horses there.

Lavina Hopkins – Lavina isn’t actually an orphan. She was born in a little village in India, shortly after she was born her mother died. Lavina was raised by her father who worked very hard to give Lavina the best in life. After she decided she wanted to be a docter, her father found an opportunity for her to study in the U.S. While traveling to America, her ship was shipwrecked and she washed up onto The Island. The people there have welcomed her with open arms and provided her with the education she wanted. While she loves The Island and all the people on it, someday Lavina plans to return to India to find her father and live with him.

Cornelia gets dressed

Cornelia Parkington is a proper Edwardian lady, so she dresses in clothing that was fashionable in the early 1900’s. Dressing like this requires quite a bit of undergarments, and today Cornelia will show how to wear them all.

She starts off with a simple chemise. The Edwardians loved lace and frills and they decorated every inch of their clothing with them. So, this chemise has a lot of lace added to it.

Next, she add her drawers, which again are very frilly. These extra ruffles will also help hold out her petticoat.

Because Cornelia is not “well endowed”, she adds a bust improver to achieve the proper silhouette. It is pinned in place to her chemise.

Her corset is next, and it has already been laced to her size, so all she has to do is fasten the hooks down the front.

The silhouette at the time was big bust and big hips with a small waist.

Again, many frills have been added to her corset just for fun.

Because the corset is so decorated, Cornelia adds a corset cover so that the corset cannot be seen under the dress. It buttons up the front and the ribbon at the neck is tied so that it lays flat.

A cord at the waist is also tied to make it easier to put the petticoat on.

The petticoat is also decorated with lots of lace and ruffles. The style at the time was to have a straight front and a small bustle in the back.

The gathers of the petticoat are enough to make a bustle in the back.

The final silhouette – the ‘S’ shape 

All that’s left is to add the dress and Cornelia is a properly dressed Edwardian lady.

 

The Gehotti Sisters

These sisters live in a little house on the edge of town and work hard trying to homestead. More often than not, they don’t really succeed, but everyone in town loves them and is more than willing to help them out. Their specialty is raising chickens and making quilts.

Bridgette is the oldest and the peacemaker to them all. All she wants is a simple life with her sisters and so she does not care about the latest fashions or being popular. Her life revolves around her sisters and their farm.

Lilliane is the next, and is the most practical and the hardest worker. The only reason she and her sisters have been able to make a living is because of her. Nothing scares her and she will learn how to do anything no matter how hard, like chopping wood and churning butter, as long as they can survive.

Gabrielle does not like hard work or getting dirty, instead she would much rather live in town and wear fashionable clothing. Because of this her sisters have allowed her to take over most of the inside chores like sweeping and dusting the cabin and sewing the quilts and all their clothing.

Angelique is incredibly thoughtful and sweet. She loves everybody and will make anyone feel right at home. She also happens to be the best in the kitchen and makes the most delicious food. People from town love to visit the sisters just for a chance to eat her amazing food.

Isabel is the youngest, and the one who started the chicken business. She loves playing around and having fun, but she also loves animals, especially chickens. So she raises them and sells their eggs. At some point, she plans to convince her sisters to raise a goat or two for the milk and then they can sell goat’s milk as well. She is also the most business minded of her sisters and continues to have brilliant ideas to make their living.

 

New Dresses for Sale on Etsy

There are some new Historical dresses for sale in my Etsy shop. Each dress is made with much love and attention, fully finished on the inside and all close in the back with buttons.

This Regency dress is modeled after Caroline’s Traveling dress with a few modifications added by me.

This green frilly dress is made from cotton voile and is totally my own design. It is perfect for a summer garden party.

This simple dress is designed from an antique doll’s dress and is perfect for everyday wear during the civil war.

Here is another Edwardian dress, though this one is more suited for everyday wear. It is designed from an illustration in the book Samantha Saves the Day.

Addy and Esther Walker

This picture was taken back in 2012, when my doll family was very small

Addy Walker was the second 18″ doll I ever bought, Shortly after I acquired Jack and later little Lavina.  Addy loved Lavina and cared for her, because she reminded her of her younger sister, Esther.

Now, Esther is finally here and Addy couldn’t be more excited.

 

She quickly introduced Esther to everyone and then showed her her bed, and the kittens and her elephant and her doll.

They played together all day, and when they were tired they cuddled on the bed happy to be together at last.

 

The Bed

I have always wanted to learn woodworking, primarily so that I could make doll furniture. I finally finished my first project, a doll bed. The plans are from Ana White found here. The bed was pretty easy, though I ended up gluing it together instead of using screws and I liked the color of the cherry wood I used so much that I decided to use shellac to finish it instead of paint. The finished bed is very sturdy and very big, two dolls could sleep in it easily.

I sewed the bedding, with no pattern, I just measured the bed to figure the size correctly.

Evangeline modeled it for me, to show everyone how big and cozy it is.

She likes it so much I don’t think she was keen on sharing it with anyone. But then Lucy, Jack’s dog, jumped up to join her.

And then they jumped around on the bed together.

“That’s not safe Evangeline!” Shouted Jack, as he came to find out what all the ruckus was about.

So, Evangeline and Lucy stopped jumping around and they all sat down on the comfy bed to chat.