There’s a special project I’ve been working on for a long time but never shared with the world.
Though I began sewing Minerva’s outfits and testing patterns for her body over a year ago, it took me a long time to get everything just right. And once I had, it took me a while to then decide I’d be ok with letting them go! I spent so much time working on Minerva and using her as a model for her miniature dresses, that I now feel more of a bond with her than I have with most of my dolls. I’ve made up a whole string of stories about her pretend life, and when she goes to her new home I’ll miss her knowing smile!
Minerva is the most advanced art doll I’ve ever created, with a sculpted head, hands, and feet, jointed cloth body, and three removable outfits and several accessories handcrafted just for her.
Minerva’s body is made of cotton flannel and stuffed with natural wool roving. It’s made from a pattern designed just for her, and has soft-jointed limbs. Her head, hands, and feet are sculpted from Paperclay and painted with watercolors, and her carefully styled curls are made from alpaca locks. I love Minerva’s strong eyebrows and knowing smile – I think she’s keeping a secret!
Minerva’s three outfits are inspired by Regency, Victorian, and Edwardian fashion.
Her Regency-inspired gown is hand stitched from porcelain blue floral print fabric, and trimmed with delicate lace and blue ribbons. There are three tiny pearl buttons in the back. Her straw hat is decorated with coordinating lace and fabric flowers. Muslin ribbons secure it under her chin.
Minerva’s Victorian brown silk dress has lace cuffs and velvet ribbon at the hem. Tiny pearl buttons adorn the cuffs and bodice.
Her Edwardian linen and lace dress is my favorite of the three. It features delicate stitching, a lace collar, cuffs, waistband, and hem, and little pearl buttons. I spent almost a month putting this dress together, making sure each element was in proportion and properly antiqued.
Minerva also comes with cotton underclothes, two petticoats (one linen, one silk), and two pairs of stockings (one black, one pink with rosettes). Her purchased white boots have pearl buttons which can actually be done and undone.
Minerva’s handcrafted accessories contain clues to her backstory.
Minerva’s pair of “blue willow” teacups were sculpted from Paperclay, painted with watercolors, and rimmed with gold gilt. Her tiny watch features actual gears and hands, and a watercolor portrait. The title of her miniature leather-bound book might be familiar to some! Minerva’s new owner will also receive a decorative card printed with pieces of her backstory and a tiny tale about her life.
Minerva is available for purchase in my Etsy shop.
Her clothing and accessories will be packed carefully in tissue paper and boxes for a safe journey to their new home!