During the holidays I had a chance to go rummage around some vintage clothing stores with my youngest son and his girlfriend. We unearthed several treasures, including this antique doll dress made of a ombre printed pink cotton. The dress is not quite right for any of my Izannahs, but it will be perfect on one of my antique German bisque dolls.
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 “A Fortunate Find”
I just loved the distresed look of that dress. But preparing it this way is a good reason for washing it. It’s amazing what it does to the fabric. Orvis is something I don’t know. But there will be a good alternative here in the Netherlands.
I’m curious what you will do with the dress…
I am going to put the dress on one of my antique German bisque dolls. Orvis is a washing paste that is used for textile conservation, it is also used to shampoo horse’s coats, manes and tails. Cleaning washable antique textiles properly will help slow decay and preserve them. If you can not find Orvis or a similar museum quality washing paste in the Netherlands, I’m sure that you could order some online and have it shipped to you. It is not very expensive, especially if you buy it from a farm supply store rather than from some where that sells textile conservation supplies. 🙂