This week I dressed and wigged the dolls for the shop. To keep with the "no fixed era" feel of the shop, all the dolls have different styles, some that point to a particular era in history and some that are simply "kinda witchy".
Vivienne is definately a witch inspired by Georgian era fashions. Vivienne herself is made from polymer clay using the female mould that finally arrived a couple of weeks ago. Her underdress is red silk dupion overlaid with a soft black netting. Her over gown is brocade in red and black with black lace trim around the neck and cuffs. Her hat is red straw braid and her hair is pale blonde viscose.
Gilda is more of a typical witch in a dark velvet coat and tall pointed hat. She is the owner of the shop on lives in the grand house behind the green door in the garden. She's a Heidi Ott soft bodied doll.
Isis is another polymer clay and mould made doll. She's the most exotic of the witches wearing a chiffon underdress and brocade overgown with ribbon and leather sandals and long black hair parted in the middle.
Theya and Althea are a pair of junior witches sent out on an errand to collect some supplies from the shop. Althea's dress was taken off a cheap porcelain doll who was redressed some time ago. It was shortened and a yellow ribbon belt added. A black shawl and junior sized witch hat finish off her outfit. Theya is too young for the dark colours usually associated with witches, so her dark navy dress is covered with a colourful floral pattern and trimmed with pink ribbon.
Tisha was made using the 24th scale doll mould. When her wings are ready, she'll become a Faerie witch. The doll used to show her scale is Ursa. Ursa was actually dressed for another scene some time ago, but will likely settle in the witch shop for a while.
And finally, here's Hetty in her shop assistant outfit. Firstly, let me say that the big blue bow is going to be replaced, perhaps with a nice broach or some such. Hetty wears a blue and black lace trimmed apron to tie in the the decoration scheme of the shop.
Finally, here are a few pictures of how the new witches are settling in to the shop: