The baby shower was for my friend, Naomi. Naomi and her husband, Dave, are the recipients of several of my ornaments, including the nurse and ninja that they proudly displayed at their wedding.
They know they're having a girl -- Penny Jean -- and I wanted to give her first ornament as a baby shower gift. Naomi is a Disney movie fanatic, so it wasn't a difficult decision about what kind of collection to start for the baby. What WAS difficult, however, was designing the ornament. Since I can't draw, I'm handicapped and have to rely on adapting other patterns and using photos for inspiration. I knew I wanted to do Snow White since she's the earliest Disney girl.
I have a computer file of ornament inspiration where I save pictures. I had several different Snow Whites to look at and I borrowed bits from all of them. I also checked images of Snow White online to make sure I used the correct colors. I didn't realize until this ornament that Carolyn DeAngelis typically drew all her characters with long sleeves. I had to go through several rounds of arms before I finally wound up with something that worked. They're probably not great, proportionally speaking, but they work. Here she is:
The arms are completely separate and glued on. So is the white collar on the back. I just couldn't figure out a simple way to deal with the sewing construction on those pieces. The real Snow White has yellow shoes about the same color as the skirt. That wouldn't have looked good for ornament purposes, so I made them red, The apple is a little disproportionately large, but I wanted it that way because I kind of wanted it to be a focal point.
If you're on my email list, I'm sending you this pattern today with the blog update. If you're new to this blog and would like this pattern, email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll tell you here that the pattern includes the pieces for the apple, but the completed drawing doesn't show her holding that. That was outside my drawing capabilities!
This ornament is a little out of order in terms of the the chronology of ones I've completed this year. That upsets my inherent OCD nature, but it seemed fitting to share this one today since she was given away yesterday. I will give you a teaser now and tell you that Anna from Frozen is designed and completed and she is fantastic!!! But you'll have to wait a few weeks to see her. She's worth the wait!