I had to do an errand,
Had to pick a peck of Snide
In a dark and gloomy Snide-field
That was almost nine miles wide.
I said, "I do not fear those pants
With nobody inside them.
"I said, and said, and said those words.
I said them. But I lied them.
~ Dr. Seuss (from The Sneetches and Other Stories, 1961)
It's a grief to me to make dolls sit around in a state of undress, so yesterday, after finishing the last two dolls, I painted three pairs of trousers for the men, at least (the women are so much more covered, it seems). This gave me the opportunity to paint something black, but not black (which is an art form all its own!). I used a very dark grey here for Morse's trousers, with some black on the edges and shadows. The result is decent. They look faded, though, so before I paint any evening wear, I'm going to have to perfect it.
All of these trousers here are all-purpose "bases" and not particularly specific to any period (though the boots on Lewis' pair would indicate it's post-1862).
Lovely commenter RLC asked about the who's who among these characters. When I started writing this blog, I was the only one reading it (ha!) so I never thought to try to "set up" any explanations. I promise I will remedy that shortly.