I’ve just finished working on this reproduction of Isabeau for Susan. She is an 18-1/2 inch tall reproduction Izannah Walker doll. For Susan’s doll I reproduced the cracked and peeling paint surfaces on the original Isabeau that I made her mold from. The paint and layers of paste on her nose have been worn away, down to the underlying stockinette, just like on the original.
This doll has an antique pink linen second skin, like many of Izannah Walker’s earliest dolls did. Her dress is made from a wonderful thin white cotton, which has aged to a pale ecru. It has a skirt with four narrow tucks and a gathered ruffle of broderie anglaise, gathered sleeves banded with additional eyelet trim, an antique cotton tape drawstring at the neck of the dress, which is embellished with eyelet and tatting, and a wide waistband with eyelet and embroidered cotton ribbon. Her chemise is made from antique lace trimmed cotton and her pantalettes were originally part of a pair of women’s 19th century panteletts. She has two petticoats made from antique cotton and broderie anglaise. Her stockings were made from bits of antique cotton stockings and her shoes are handmade red leather.
This little Isabeau is so looking forward to beginning her travels, as she is longing to make the acquaintance of her new family ❤