You know that sunny day I keep waiting for? Apparently it’s not going to happen any time soon!
Yes, that’s snow.
But on to happier things…
I have wanted a Paola Reina Liu ever since I first learned of their existence a few years ago. I kept asking Santa every year, telling him if only he could get me one I wouldn’t ask for anything else, and he kept telling me that no one would ship one to the US, or at least not for a reasonable price. When you want something for a really long time, you do run the risk of being disappointed if the actual product does not live up to the high expectations you’ve built up for it. Thankfully, that was not the case with my Liu! Even though the one I eventually got came in a hideous soccer uniform, and had stains from her black shorts, I am thrilled with her and immediately set about making the outfit that I wished she had come in.
This is the original catalog/advertising photo
And this photo is of the actual doll (not a production sample) I found on Pinterest, with the front looking a bit different and kind of wonky. It appears to close with a flap or something at the front, but it ends up looking thick and out of scale with those large buttons. The pants are also in a different print.
So, I was happy I didn’t pay a lot more for “Purple-Outfit-Liu” and the blouse pattern I came up after learning how weird the front could look when closed with a flap, closes in back and looks similar but, in my opinion, more wonderful! The front panel can be made in a contrast fabric, have decorative topstitching in a contrast color, or you can do something creative with the seams like rickrack or piping. It has nice simple lines, sews up quickly and still manages to look sophisticated. Pair it with the pants pattern here, or maybe a cute ruffled skirt. My pants are a little longer and less full to look more like something a modern girl is wearing right now. You could make them in a knit print and pair with a hoodie – just alter last week’s raincoat to be shorter! And yes, based on the results of last week’s poll, you like this size so more patterns will be appearing!
And just for silliness…
When I was taking Kit’s chicken pix, I spent at least an hour getting the chickens to come near her and stop moving enough for a picture. When I set Liu down by this log, they were very curious and just wouldn’t leave her alone, hence “Liu and the Giant Chicken”
And now I’m pining after this special edition of Dasha (by La Lalla) that’s not available in the US…