Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Furniture Dilemma

So, I have hit my first dilemma with the 70s House: it's a weird scale (I think it's 3/4) so none of my existing furniture fits it and I don't know how best to create 70s furnishings that will be just right for this house.

I have three patterns on hand that I think might work.

Plastic Canvas Dollhouse Furniture, by Babara Ann Fisher

I have to tell you. I have never seen a better candidate for plastic canvas furniture than this little house. And would that not be VERY 70s furniture in a nice burnt orange or avocado green? 

Contemporary Living, by Helen Ruthberg.

It's just one room, but what a room it is! My parents had a sectional not dissimilar to this, and with the right fabric... hmm...

McCall's 6889 - sewn, stuffed, dollhouse furniture (and house, actually).

I have been curious about this pattern since a customer brought in her half finished couch made with it. The furniture seems to come out comfy (important to me for some reason). And again, with the right fabric, it could be pretty 70s I think.

And thus, my dilemma. I don't know where to start! Or which pattern to start with!

I have no existing furniture that fits the house, except this beautiful handmade trunk which I got from I have no idea where.

And I think this armoire/wardrobe works too.

And that's it. Out of boxes of furniture, I have two pieces. Well, so far. Maybe this weekend I just need to go through it all and see if anything else fits. But I KNOW I a) have nothing "retro" enough for this house and b) don't have anything at all that's 3/4 scale.

At least the bathroom is all fitted out, though I might need to find a way to bury that pipe under the sink, so it's not leaning out like that. Otherwise, the room just needs some little things like a bath mat, and maybe a rubber ducky.

And I should probably crochet a toilet seat cover. :)

OH! Speaking of crochet. No matter WHAT furniture I end up putting in it, it is DEFINITELY going to need a granny square afghan.

What a project. What a dilemma. Though, if your biggest dilemma is "How do I furnish my super groovy 70s dollhouse?" that's pretty awesome.

I hope your week is awesome too. More updates soon! I missed this. :)

- Wendy


  1. Thanks Wendy, I almost choked on my cup of tea when I laughed out loud about the crocheted toilet seat cover!
    Oh my, the 70's! I lived through them during my childhood and I remember our brown and yellow, giant flower, toilet seat cover. Hmmmm, what was my Mum thinking?
    Yes, those were the days - burnt orange, yellow and avocado green!

  2. Hee hee, this house is going to be a trip down memory lane! I think you should just start with the stitched pattern pieces and see where they take you!
    It is really interesting to see a house from before the "scale" became standardized in the seventies! I remember having some "Petite Princess" furniture that was clearly too small for my full size dollhouse. No matter how pretty and elegant the pieces were, they looked ridiculous in the bigger rooms! Maybe you will find more older and "off scale" pieces to round out your collection!

  3. Can't wait to see what you come up with for this house! you'll have so much fun picking out the fabrics!

  4. I'm absolutely tickled that you are still my dollhouse guru, Wendy! (For the selfish reason that I haven't even opened the dollhouse box I got from you, what, a year ago? I know, I'm bad.) Fearing things will never calm down to allow me to start. And thanks for inviting me to the new FB page.