Doll Clothing

Winter Whites

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Fresh fallen like new snow on a winter’s day. Snowy white antique fabric choices for winter frocks…

Crisp white dresses full of marvelous details aren’t just for summer.  They are equally charming in the winter, especially around the holidays!

 

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Jack Frost, up to his nose in snow ❤

This morning we woke to the sight of millions of tiny snow flakes filling the air, falling, falling all through the morning… Bring nature’s perfect Christmas decoration.

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Doll Clothing

My Halloween Treat Came Early This Year!

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A very well executed antique “sunshine & shadows” log cabin block quilt in red and brown tone fabrics. ❤

The Great Pumpkin arranged for my Halloween treat to come on Sunday at the Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market 🙂 Not being a small tyke who can go door to door with glad cries of “trick or treat”, I did have to take myself to the flea market, wander down endless rows in the crisp early morning  autumn air, and actually pay for my treat… but it WAS an excellent treat none the less!  I discovered three early damaged quilts to add to  my fabric collection!  Two of the quilts were clearly made by the same hand, as they are constructed in the same design and have a few fabrics in common.  One is a heavy winter weight quilt and the other is a light summer quilt.  The third quilt though is the one I love ❤ , a stunning log cabin, done in reds and browns… Better than candy any day!

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A Look Through My Fabric Swatch Book

September 17th update:  Fabric #6 is SOLD OUT.

This is the tiny antique fabric swatch book that I put together for the UFDC convention.  I thought everyone might enjoy looking through it.  Especially those of you who have ordered custom dolls and are in the process of picking out your dress fabrics 🙂   I have many more one of a kind fabrics that aren’t in the book, so don’t worry if none of these are the perfect fabric for your doll.

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Doll Clothing · Where to Shop

Shopping for Fabric in Brimfield

If you are a frequent reader of this blog you will know that I am constantly searching for antique fabrics to fashion into doll clothes.  I hunt for antique quilts and garments that are far too worn to be restored, but are still in good enough condition to sew with.  One of my favorite places to shop for antique textiles is at the May antique shows in Brimfield, MA.  My husband and I had planned to spend two days in Brimfield, but heavy rains made Friday a washout, so we packed all of our shopping into one day on Saturday!

I'm feeling a bit like the princess and the pea with this new waist high stack of antique quilts in my studio!
I’m feeling a bit like the princess and the pea with this new waist high stack of antique quilts in my studio!

Our textile scavenger hunt started out slow, with only a single white wool baby blanket in my shopping bag when we took a break for lunch.  Things picked up in the afternoon, after a few disappointing instances where we found great quilts that turned out to be very over priced.  By the end of the day we had accumulated almost more quilts than we could carry, along with half a dozen pieces of antique underpinnings.

Some of the white textiles that we found on our weekend shopping expeditions.
Some of the white textiles that we found on our weekend shopping expeditions.

On Sunday we ventured out to the Elephant’s Trunk, our local flea market, where we purchased another quilt and an additional armful of antique petticoats and nightgowns.  In the afternoon we went to a car show, since turn about is fair play and Brian certainly deserved a reward for all of the miles he walked and pounds of fabric he carried for me during the rest of the weekend. ❤

Chandeliers were a very popular item at Brimfield this year.
Chandeliers were a very popular item at Brimfield this year.
Lot to see...
Lots to see…
A great counter!
A great counter!
We've owned and sold several similar carousel horses.
We’ve owned and sold several similar carousel horses, so it was fun to see this one and compare prices.
Loved the train!
Loved the train!
A terrific paint brush advertising display :)
A terrific paint brush advertising display 🙂
so cool...
so cool…
Yes, there were dolls to see and drool over!
Yes, there were dolls to see and drool over!
a long day...
a long day…
An unplanned purchase, simply too great to pass up!
An unplanned purchase, simply too great to pass up!
An amazing sewing machine.
An amazing sewing machine.
I can imagine sitting down to sew at this machine.
I spent a few minutes trying to figure out how this machine should be threaded…
We saw this little horse on Sunday at the Elephant's Trunk and thought it looked like a lot of fun!
We saw this little horse on Sunday at the Elephant’s Trunk and thought it looked like a lot of fun!
Two of our Sunday finds, a child's rocking chair and a Christmas tree fence.
Two of our Sunday buys, a child’s rocking chair and a Christmas tree fence.
Good thing the dolls are willing to share... these antique nightgowns are destined to be summer dresses for me!
Good thing the dolls are willing to share… these antique nightgowns are destined to be summer dresses for me!

 

 

 

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Fabulous Finds

I have been finding the most wonderful things recently on my shopping forays to the flea market and various other locales.  My latest trip on Sunday to the Elephant’s Trunk and the Jenny Lind Doll Club’s  annual Doll Show were no exception.  Since I just returned last week from a whirlwind shopping trip to Bella Vista, Arkansas with 11 other women, you would think I would be all shopped out 🙂  Apparently not so!

Strands of pink colored bone beads will make charming doll size necklaces. I also have them in natural bone and indigo blue.

I was very excited to find strands of bone  beads at the flea market.   They are going to make wonderful Izannah necklaces and are available in more colors than the coral beads I have been using.  The bone beads are also just as historically accurate as the coral.  So now you will have your choice of both types of beads.

Antique white fabric and lace spilling out of a mid-19th century hide covered trunk. The wooden trunk, lined with period newspaper, is just the right size to hold an Izannah Walker doll and her wardrobe.

I’ve been frantically stocking up on all of the appropriate antique fabrics I can find.  It’s going to be a long winter with many fewer shopping opportunities.  I’m trying to make sure that I have enough fabric on hand to dress the dolls I will be making from now through early spring.  The only drawback is that it’s making me feel a bit like a squirrel putting away nuts for winter 🙂

Early 19th century German wooden doll, with intricately carved ball joints and turn of the 20th century indigo clothing. The doll stands next to a 19th century domed wooden trunk in original blue paint and a 19th century turned walnut spool holder /pincushion. Lying at her feet is an antique crochet sample booklet, made of brown polished cotton with pinked edges.

My shopping list, when I headed out to the doll show, consisted of one item – hand knitted doll socks.  Upon arrival at the show I very virtuously purchased numerous pairs of lacy knit stockings (they are the one and only item of apparel that I do not hand make for my reproduction Izannahs).  But then I got a bit sidetracked!  I happened upon a fantastic German wooden doll, dressed in indigo prints.

A closer look at my newly acquired antique wooden doll.

Her clothing is old, though not as old as the doll herself.  I’m estimating that her current ensemble dates to 1890-1910.  Her pantalettes and chemise are probably original to the doll, which was made in the first part of the 19th century.  Soon the wooden doll was carefully wrapped in tissue and residing in my shopping bag.  To make sure that she didn’t feel lonely, I added a pair of tiny bisque pincushion dolls, a 1920’s Japanese bisque doll, a vintage spun cotton ornament, two tiny wooden Noah’s Ark dogs, and a pair of vintage evergreens to keep her company.

These tiny bisque pincushion dolls, clad in pink silk, are barely 2 inches tall.
Another fun flea market purchase is this doll size polychrome folk art cupboard. There is a drawer in the bottom, big enough to hold an entire child size tea set.
The girls were quite pleased when I brought home this Izannah size mid-19th century doll chair, with a rush seat. They were getting tired of having to share one chair 🙂 The chair is sitting on top of a c.1750 Rhode Island blanket chest in original red paint, covered with a late 19th century hooked rug.