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A New Red Dress!

My Izannahs have a “new” red dress to share.  The 19th century print fabric of the dress is still vibrant and beautiful, and is the main thing that drew me to the dress upon first sight.  This dress has had some ill treatment in it’s life time, before finally ending up on eBay and making it’s way here to me.  I can tell that it was originally made to fit a doll exactly the same size as my antique 18-19 inch tall Izannah Walker dolls.  At some point, someone decided that they wanted to put it on a larger doll – and they were in a hurry to do so – because rather than altering the dress properly they just hacked away at it with a pair of scissors!  The bottom of the sleeves were snipped, with a pair of pinking sheers, up through the ruffle, wrist band and gathering, to  allow a larger hand and arm to fit through the sleeve.  Then the original neckline and upper part of the dress was cut away to the bretelle ruffle, to accommodate a doll with a larger neck circumference.

Recently purchased on eBay, this dress from the last quarter of the 19th century, is a perfect fit for my original antique Izannah Walker doll.

Even though this dress is far from perfect the girls and I love it.  The color is a wonderful Turkey red that I am very partial too and the trim is ingeniously embroidered cotton tape, which is a very thrifty way to add a charming accent to the dress.

I can happily say that when you are a doll collector and doll maker, buying a new dress for one of your dolls is every bit as exciting now as it was during childhood.  I am equally as thrilled with this dress as my 11 year old niece was, with her carefully chosen purchases, during a recent trip to The American Girl’s Place in New York.  The love of dolls runs in our family!

My niece, Keira, at The American Girl’s place on 5th Avenue.

I’m adding this dress to my pile of dresses from which I will (hopefully) be drafting and selling patterns.  The pile is getting rather sizable, so don’t hold your breath 🙂  The good news is that it’s much faster for me to make a pattern that is only for my own use, so if you love this dress I can certainly make you one when you  order a custom made doll or just an extra dress for one of my Izannahs that you already own.

Everyone attending the second session of my Izannah Walker Doll Making Retreat October 1-3, will have a chance to examine this dress, and the others in my collection, in detail.

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A New Birthday Dress

Carmel, California was one of the stops on our west coast vacation.  Naturally I couldn’t go to Carmel without a shopping trip at the Carmel Doll Shop.  I had a wonderful time browsing through the shop.

Michael and David were fantastic, even though they were away at a doll show, they arranged for one of their employees to come let me into the store.  Thank you Samantha, you made my shopping a treat.

My find of the day was a great button front brown print day dress/morning coat that is just the right size for my 18 inch Izannahs.  Every girl deserves a change of clothes :).  Take a peek at my first antique Izannah modeling her “new” birthday dress.

Ironically the show Michael and David were doing was in Bellevue, Washington.  We had been in Bellevue the day before and knew about the Doll Show, but I decided not to try to squeeze it in before we flew out to San Francisco.  If I had known they were there I would have managed a brief stop on the way to the airport 🙂

We rounded out our day in Carmel by having tea at the Tuck Box teashop and buying licorice at the Cottage of Sweets (they have more than 50 varieties).

Since this dress looks so perfect on my Izannah, I’m planning on making a pattern from it, which will hopefully be ready for sale sometime next year.