With embellishing in mind I set out to make Ella. So with her tiny underpants, tights, underskirt, skirt, over skirt and her velvet jacket she has five layers of clothing on:) Each piece I finish completely even if you don't end up seeing it. I just can't stand the thought of unfinished panties under all her clothing. Ella is free standing and measures approx 12" tall.
In making her I had to dig deep into my stash of vintage laces and linens which was a really great thing, I found stuff in there I had forgotten I had. It's good to rotate your supplies from time to time.
I've been diggning through Victorian parlor photography for clothing inspiration and I think Ella's little get up would fit perfectly into the era.