One Big Dorky Bow Coming Your Way…

230148162_271b4bd2f2_o.jpgThere’s something utterly beguiling about Chicago artist Hillary Lang‘s work that’s utterly beguiling in a silent-film sort of way. She makes these dolls that wear those big bows and Peter Pan collars just like real children did back in the 1920s. No t-shirts or pull-on jeans for these tykes.

But we are especially thrilled to hear about Lang’s latest endeavor: a children’s book that half adventures, half patterns for her dolls Olive and Archie (what wonderful old-fashioned names). So when Olive and Archie go traipsing in a jungle on the backside of an elephant in the rain, you’ll have patterns to make them both rain coats. Or (and we’re making this up) when the two partake in the Iditarod, you can bundle the duo up in warm, little parkas you’ve made with matching flap hats.

We can only imagine how this might whet a child’s appetite for sewing. We can hear it now: “Mom, we got to make those space-suits for Olive and Archie so we can read the next installment. We got to do it by tonight.” When mom grumbles about how much she work she has to do already, the kid starts to make the costumes himself, firing up the sewing machine unbeknownst to his parents…