This week I followed in the steps of many dressmakers before me. I used the scraps leftover from a two piece reproduction c.1860’s woman’s dress to fashion a child’s gown from the same period for one of my dolls. Frugal seamstresses have been making dolls and their clothing from bits and pieces of fabric culled from other sewing projects for centuries. I thought you might enjoy seeing photos of both the dresses together.
The fabric is a plaid silk taffeta. Both gowns are lined in brown polished cotton and trimmed with black velvet. I cut the skirt of the doll’s dress on the bias and cartridge pleated it to the waistband.
The doll pictured here is sold. She’s on lay-away. The doll size plaid taffeta dress is available.
My name is Paula Walton. I’m a working craftsperson. I’ve been self-employed since 1986, when I started selling the items that I make under the name A Sweet Remembrance. Among other things, I am a doll maker, a dressmaker that specializes in reproduction women’s and children’s clothing, maker of spun cotton ornaments and holiday figures, and a freelance designer. Upon occasion I write magazine articles and am a Craftsperson in Residence. I teach and do demonstrations quite frequently, plus I was previously the director and curator of a small museum in Connecticut.
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2 thoughts on “The Frugal Dressmaker”
Oh my Paula, what a superb job with your blog!!!! I’m having so much fun reading and learning. I love the latest dress you’ve made posted here. I’ll stay in touch. I’m adding you to my reading list. You’re work is awesome! Thank you for being an inspiration to my part-time (very PT) affair with making dolls.
Thank you! I’m glad you enjoy dropping by and that you like this dress. I love this fabric, there is something really special about sewing with silk.