Awwww, isn’t she cute…..and just a little creepy! Another piece with Bombshell Revival Designs’ signature style stamped all over it – feminine with just a bit of creepy weirdness thrown in.
I purchased this little dolly girl Halloween ornament at the end of the season this past fall and she has been hanging in my studio ever since just waiting for the right moment and idea to strike. I got tired of seeing her almost every day and wondering what to do with her sooooo…this past weekend I took her down off her hook and got serious about giving her purpose!
The overall size of the ornament was right for a focal point on a hat but the three dimensional size of the head posed a problem for mounting it to the side of a hat base. As well, the smaller size of the body and feet did not allow for attaching it upright on a hat form or base. I decided to try laying it down and using it to make a fascinator instead of an actual hat and it worked. I chose a violet flower to compliment the black, cream and acid green palette of the ornament and it all started to come together.
I decided to make this piece super girly by using bows and a center flower as the base for the fascinator. I chose one of my favourite ribbons – a wired black and cream stripe and then added a smaller ribbon bow in acid green satin for an extra element and further cohesion to the theme and colour scheme of the design. I did not add any veiling, tulle or feathers to keep the design clean, graphic and to ensure that focus remained on the ornament. My dead dolly had no mouth or eyelashes when purchased and although she looked fine without them, I decided to give her a bit more character with the added features. She also sports a saucy ribbon and jute bow in the center of her noggin to let her admirers know she’s always dressed to kill. The fascinator has been finished with black felt on the underside and a medium sized, strong clip for ease of placement and security for the wearer.
Dead Dolly is a fun and dramatic piece which is sure to elicit second looks, comments and hopefully some admiring glances.