Antique Izannah Walker Dolls

An Izannah Filled Week

This is one of my favorite weeks of the year!  I’m reveling in an abundance of Izannah filled delights 🙂  Not only am I in the midst of playing with all my dolls, as we prepare to celebrate Izannah Walker’s 197th birthday on Thursday, but this past Saturday was the September meeting of  my doll club.  I love my doll club and all of the interesting and amazing women who are part of it.  On Saturday I had the chance to return two antique Izannahs I have been restoring to their owner and also got a chance to see the newest Izannah that she has added to her collection!  What a treat!!!  I snapped a few photos to share with all of you other Izannahphiles.  This little Izannah (she’s 16 inches) was so much cuter in person than she was in her official auction photographs, and of course much sweeter than she appears in my quick spur of the moment pix too!  I also learned that one of the other members in my club is related to Izannah Walker.  What a week so far!

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Izzybelle Visits Fredricksberg – The Final Chapter of Izzy B.’s Travel Log

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The final leg of Izzybelle’s Texas adventure was our visit to Fredricksberg.  After we left the UFDC convention we headed for the hills! (the Texas Hill Country)  Izzybelle and Ismay were very excited because they knew that they were going to get to visit all of the dolls that belong to Edith O’Neil during this part of our journey.

Our first stop after leaving the convention was Wildseed Farms to look at the gardens and buy wild flower seeds.  I've been buy from them for almost 30 years, so it was fun to see where all the seeds have been coming from.
Our first stop after leaving the convention was Wildseed Farms to look at the gardens and buy wild flower seeds. I’ve been buying from them for almost 30 years, so it was fun to see where all the seeds have been coming from.

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Butterflies!
Butterflies!

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Chicken fried steak :)
Chicken fried steak 🙂

 

This is the tiny little Sunday house we stayed in.  It's known as the Metzger House.  From the late 19th century through the 1920's local farm families had small houses in town so that they could come into town on Saturday to sell their produce, do their marketing, and attend church on Sunday morning.  After dinner on Sunday they would head back to their farms.
This is the tiny little Sunday house we stayed in. It’s known as the Metzger House. From the late 19th century through the 1920’s local farm families had small houses in town so that they could come into town on Saturday to sell their produce, do their marketing, and attend church on Sunday morning. After dinner on Sunday they would head back to their farms.

 

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Metzer House kitchen.
Metzer house kitchen.

 

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Metzger Sunday house living room.
Metzger Sunday house living room.

 

Me enjoying the porch swing at the Metzger house.
Me, enjoying the porch swing at the Metzger house.

 

After checking in to our own personal B&B we went to visit my friend Edyth O'Neil and deliver the doll she bought from me on Saturday at the convention.
After checking in to our own personal B&B we went to visit my friend Edyth O’Neil and deliver the doll she bought from me on Saturday at the convention.

 

Ismay got to visit with Edyth's dolls, which are amazing!
Ismay got to visit with Edyth’s dolls, which are amazing!  You can see her sitting in the little chair on the bottom shelf.

 

It was really nice to be able to see two of the dolls I've made again (the one in the green and red dress sitting on the bench and the one in the apron standing behind the bench).  On the left hand side of the picture is a boy doll made by Jan Conwell and the tallest doll in the back is one of Edyth's antique papier-mache dolls.
It was really nice to be able to see two of the dolls I’ve made, that Edyth owns, again (the one in the green and red dress sitting on the bench and the one in the apron standing behind the bench). On the left hand side of the picture is a boy doll made by Jan Conwell and the tallest doll in the back is one of Edyth’s antique papier-mache dolls.  The tiny doll that is laying on the bench was also made by Jan Conwell and painted by Edyth.

 

Edyth has created a magnificent large scale doll's house out of one of her hall closets! I'd do the same thing in a flash if only I had closets :)
Edyth has created a magnificent large scale doll’s house out of one of her hall closets! I’d do the same thing in a flash if only I had closets 🙂

 

The lower level of Edyth's doll house.
The lower level of Edyth’s doll house.

 

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Edyth showed us the amazing hooked rug that she is currently working on.
Edyth showed us the amazing hooked rug that she is currently working on.

 

This outstanding rug hangs over the mantle in Edyth's living room.
This outstanding rug hangs over the mantle in Edyth’s living room.

 

Brian relaxes and chats with us while Edyth and I played with all the dolls!
Brian relaxed and chatted  with us, while Edyth and I played with all the dolls!

 

Two papier-mache dolls and a Martha Chase doll that Edyth has repainted.
Two papier-mache dolls and a Martha Chase doll, that Edyth repainted.

 

Edyth owns an amazing collection of papier-mache and china dolls, all of whom are beautifully dressed and artfully displayed.
Edyth owns an amazing collection of papier-mache and china dolls, all of whom are beautifully dressed and artfully displayed.

 

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Edyth's husband bought her this wonderful portrait because it looks like a Martha Chase doll.
Edyth’s husband bought her this wonderful portrait because it looks like a Martha Chase doll.

 

Izzybelle and Ismay are fast friends with Edyth's antique Izannah Walker doll.
Izzybelle and Ismay are fast friends with Hannah, Edyth’s antique Izannah Walker doll.

 

Ismay loved trying out this early doll carriage.  She said it was very comfortable and just her size!
Ismay loved trying out this early doll carriage. She said it was very comfortable and just her size!

 

After a nice long visit between us...
After a nice long visit between us…

 

... and the dolls it was time to go.
… and the dolls, it was time to go.

 

Edyth recommended a fabulous Mexican restaurant.
Edyth recommended a fabulous Mexican restaurant.

 

Another tiny Sunday house, this one made of limestone.
Another tiny Sunday house, this one made of limestone.

 

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I loved this horse that lives outside of a great restaurant on Fredricksberg's main street.
I love this horse that lives outside of a great restaurant on Fredricksberg’s main street.
German food for our last night, to celebrate Fredricksberg's heritage.
German food for our last night, to celebrate Fredricksberg’s heritage.

 

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We said good-bye to the Metzger house and Fredricksberg as we left for the airport on Tuesday morning at 3 a.m.
We said good-bye to the Metzger house and Fredricksberg as we left for the airport on Tuesday morning at 3 a.m.

If you loved getting a glimpse of Edyth’s doll collection, you can read about her dolls in much more detail on her blog.   Edyth’s fantastic book on rug hooking, Rugs for My Red Cape  is out of print, but you can still get a pdf copy from her for what I consider to be a very modest amount for such a great book.  If you are not a rug hooker, you’ll want this book anyway – just for the gorgeous photographs of the papier-mache dolls and the 18th century Connecticut cape that Edyth and her husband, Jack, moved and rebuilt in Texas!  Also be sure to look for the in depth article that Early American Life will be publishing about Edyth’s home sometime during the next year.  I’m sure it will be wonderful and I know the photography will be outstanding!

I hope you enjoyed joining Izzybelle and me for our travels through Texas!!!  We wish you could have come too ❤

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Izzybelle Finds a Long Lost Sister

Miss Izzybelle has found a new big sister!
Miss Izzybelle has found a new big sister!

This is just fast post before we leave the convention.  A long lost sister is coming to live with the rest of the girls and Izzybelle is so  excited that she can barely contain herself!

Check out this video of the Artist’s Showcase at the UFDC convention yesterday – and yes, my table is on there 🙂

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May Meeting of the Jenny Lind Doll Club

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On Saturday I hosted the May meeting of my doll club, the Jenny Lind chapter of the United Federation of Doll Clubs.  The topic of our meeting was Izannah Walker dolls.  Given the topic, you probably aren’t too surprised that the meeting was at my house this month. 🙂

It was a wonderful afternoon and I really enjoyed having the Jenny Lind members here.  They’ve all been incredibly nice to me and I was happy to be able to repay the hospitality that they have shown me.  Best of all two antique Izannah Walker dolls came along to the meeting!  My girls were thrilled at the chance to see their sisters and have a family reunion.

My dolls plus their guests at Saturday's meeting of the Jenny Lind Doll Club.
My dolls plus their guests at Saturday’s meeting of the Jenny Lind Doll Club.

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Who needs a bulletin board or an over head projector when you have a refrigerator and a handful of magnets???
Who needs a bulletin board or an over head projector when you have a refrigerator and a handful of magnets???
Part decoration, part visual aid!
Part decoration, part visual aid!
What a thrill to get to see these two Izannahs in person at the meeting!
What a thrill to get to see these two Izannahs in person at the meeting!
Sisterly reunion of Izannah Walker dolls!
Sisterly reunion of Izannah Walker dolls!

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Isn't this large 22-1/2 inch tall Izannah magnificent?
Isn’t this large 22-1/2 inch tall Izannah magnificent?
Very early and very wonderful Izannah Walker doll.
Very early and very wonderful Izannah Walker doll.
Amazing face!  Still beautiful after more than a century and a half.
Amazing face! Still beautiful after more than a century and a half.
My dolls, plus their new found relatives!
My dolls, plus their new found relatives!
A charming 18 inch Izannah Walker doll.
A charming 18 inch Izannah Walker doll.

Once everyone arrived, we began the day with a business meeting.  After sorting through all the current club issues, we took a break for an outdoor lunch on the patio.  Here is a copy of the menu…

A 19th Century New England Picnic

Pounded Cheese with Crackers
Salad of Field Peas and Early Greens
Baked Ham and Pumpkin Biscuits with Cherry Relish and Mustard
Baked Beans

Vanilla and Violet Pound Cake
Rhubarb Pie with Whipped Cream
Dried Apple Bread Pudding
Fresh Blackberries

Violet Iced Tea
Iced Tea with Fresh Mint
Lemonade
Coffee
Water

Eli Whitney’s Grandmother’s Ginger Cookies
&
Shrewsbury Cakes
to nibble on your journey home…

Freshly baked rhubarb pie, with the first of this year's rhubarb from my garden, & vanilla violet pound cake.
Freshly baked rhubarb pie, with the first of this year’s rhubarb from my garden, & vanilla violet pound cake.

After lunch, we moved back inside for my program on Izannah Walker’s dolls.  I gave a brief over view of Izannah’s life and how she made her dolls.  Then I told a bit about the Izannahs in my collection and learned about the two visiting dolls as well.  We talked about other collectors we know who have Izannah Walker dolls, then finished the day with a trip out to my studio for those who wanted to see my reproduction dolls in progress and find out what they look like “underneath it all”.

This article was the basic core of my lecture on Saturday, with many added bits and pieces along the way.  If you look down at my sources, you will see that one of them was an article written in 1968 by Maurine Popp of the Jenny Lind Doll Club!!!  Several of the members recall going to the auction when Maurine’s collection was sold.

A Doll Maker’s Reflections on Izannah Walker and her Dolls; With Insights on Pressed Cloth Heads
By Paula Walton

Many articles have been written about Izannah Walker and her hauntingly beautiful, iconic cloth dolls. I have found all of them extremely interesting and well worth reading. However, it occurred to me that none of the articles that I have seen were written by someone who has actually made full size reproductions of Izannah’s pressed cloth heads and has experienced firsthand the joys and frustrations of this unique type of doll making. So I’ve decided to join the ranks of doll lovers and historians who have gone before me in writing about this fascinating woman and her exceptional dolls.

It feels like I have loved Izannah Walker dolls for my entire life, although I know that can’t be true. When I look back, I think that I first became aware of her dolls right around the time that we moved to New England, 24 years ago. I do know that since my very early childhood I have loved and wanted to own antique dolls. As soon as I knew that such things as really old dolls existed I longed for one (or more!).

Izannah Walker and her dolls hold a very special place in doll history. On November 4, 1873, she was the first woman to receive a United States patent for making dolls.
Izannah Walker was born in Bristol, Rhode Island on the 25th day of September in 1817. I have read there is documentation that she started making dolls in 1828. She would have been 11 years old in 1828, the same age that I was when I first learned to sew. Norma H. Robertson, Izannah Walker’s grand-niece, stated that her great aunt began making stockinette dolls in 1845 for friends, and as her business developed, she put her three sisters to work painting faces. Other research and information that I have seen states that Izannah had two sisters, plus several older half-siblings, and that Izannah, her older sister Jane and her aunt Jane Hintz were all three doll makers.

One of my favorite Izannah stories is a reminiscence by Mrs. Helen Pierce of when the Walker sisters were living on Main Street in Somerset Village, MA. Mrs. Pierce tells a tale of the Walkers hanging their dolls out on the clothesline to dry when it was too damp in the house and how the air in the neighborhood was then permeated with the smell of oil paint. I can certainly relate to that, having hung my share of dolls out on the clothesline!

The Mystery of Molds and Lessons Learned About Pressed Cloth Heads

One of the things that I find most endearing about the Walker dolls is their differences. This may be because three individual women had a hand in their construction, either working together or apart. It is also, in my opinion, a very basic fact of life when a doll maker is creating dolls with pressed cloth heads. While all of the original dolls are recognizable as Walker dolls, they do come in many sizes, from 13 to 27 inches* in height, and often have very striking differences from one another. The majority of the dolls are girls, although there are a few boy dolls and even fewer black dolls, with lovely short, nubby, black wool hair.
There has been a great deal of speculation in the doll world about the number and origin of the molds Izannah Walker used to make her dolls. I can’t offer any clues about how the molds were made. Did she sculpt her own prototype heads and then have them made into metal molds? Did she hire others to create both the original sculpt and molds? Or did she commission molds from commercially available European dolls? Her patent information shows the use of a metal mold and dye, but did she always use metal molds? Is it possible that her earlier dolls were created using plaster molds, which were long established in the doll making industry at that time, and would wear out and need replacing more frequently?

What I can say with some confidence is that it is very likely that she used fewer molds than many people think. Obviously, she had to have a variety of molds for the different sized dolls that she made and it is equally obvious that her early dolls used very different molds than her later, patented dolls. What I have found when making pressed cloth heads is that heads made using the same mold will turn out quite differently from one another. When making pressed cloth heads, you do not get the same consistency as you do when casting materials such as bisque, papier-mâché and wax that can be poured into a mold and hardened. Izannah’s pressed cloth heads were made in sections that had to be joined together, a process that sometimes causes individual heads to come out a bit larger or smaller than each other. After the front and back sections of the head were sewn and or glued together, the head was stuffed with cotton, horsehair, sea grass or other materials. The pressed cloth heads are not rigid like the heads of a china or porcelain doll. They are somewhat flexible and their shape can be altered by how tightly the stuffing is packed into the head. All of these factors can and will change the appearance of the finished pressed cloth head.

Another point that I would like to mention here is that when studying photographs of Izannah Walker dolls, it is important to remember that the photographs do not always look the same as the doll does in person. I am by no means a professional photographer, but I am a person who takes an inordinate number of doll photos, using several different cameras and lenses. The type of lens used to take a photograph will have a big impact on how the doll looks, as will the lighting and angle from which the photo is taken. People who have only seen Izannah Walker dolls in photographs are often very surprised when they first see one of the dolls in person. The dolls are smaller and much more delicately proportioned than they often look in photos. Their eyes are not as large and their foreheads aren’t quite as curved and pronounced as people expect. I am fortunate enough to have been able to visit several museums and view dolls in person that I had previously only seen in photos and I can attest that there is a real difference. I see this same difference when I photograph both my antique Izannah Walker dolls and the reproductions of them that I make. So some Walker dolls may look more similar in person than they do when compared in photographs. Especially when they are photographs taken by different people, using different cameras, lighting, etc.

The painting style is another variable from doll to doll. Again, this may be due to more than one person wielding her brush, or it may be because when a doll maker paints a doll, each one is slightly different from the next. Even if you have never made a doll in your life, I’m sure that you can relate. Think about your signature. It is something you do over and over again. Is it exactly the same every time? When you make your favorite recipe, the one you know by heart and don’t have to look up, does it turn out just the same every time? Izannah Walker’s dolls were made over a long period of time. Even if a single person painted them all, it is natural that they would change. When I paint my dolls, the colors will vary a bit since I don’t use a “recipe” to mix my paints. Some days, I paint finer lines than others, paint better curls, make more blushing cheeks and crisper bootlaces. Such is the nature of hand-made artistry and it is why Izannah Walker dolls are so well loved and enduring. The hand of the doll maker shows in each and every one of them. They are similar and yet individual works of art.

I like to think that the women all worked together, even when they were separated by distance (which they were during different periods in their lives). My sister and I make reproduction samplers together, even though she lives in Nebraska and I live in Connecticut. Both of us work on every sampler that we make, each doing our own part to create the final product. It would have been possible for the Walker sisters and their aunt to do the same, and I hope that they did. My sister and I enjoy working together and I’d like for the Walkers to have had the bond that shared goals and joint work brings about.

Construction Features of the Walker Dolls

Like any other reproduction-sewing project, making an Izannah Walker doll is an eye opening experience to the difference between 19th century and 21st century sewing construction. People in the 1800’s obviously viewed pattern making and sewing construction differently than we do today. The shapes of many of the pattern pieces used to make these dolls and their clothing are unfamiliar to modern seamstresses.

Izannah’s earliest dolls had heads that were made of molded and pressed cloth joined to the bodies at the neck. This is different than the later patented dolls that had molded and pressed cloth heads and shoulder plates that were glued onto the bodies. I think the early dolls are prettier than their later sisters, and they are the type of Izannah Walker dolls that I prefer to reproduce. The front of the pre-patent doll’s head is joined to the back just in front of the ears. The back of the head has a partial center seam.

Often you will see that the dolls have repaired ankles. This is because they have a seam at the ankles that connects the foot to the leg. Modern cloth dolls are seldom made this way. The dolls have narrow waists, with wide shoulders and hips. The unpainted portions of their bodies are covered with a “second skin,” which gives them a neat, finished appearance, and points to the care with which they were made.  I find all of these details intriguing. They are part of what draws me to study Izannah Walker’s dolls and have kept my interest in them so strong for many years.

Izannah Walker dolls were made using molds. That does not mean that they took less work or are less desirable than a doll that has a one-of-a-kind sculpted face. For me, understanding how the Walkers made their dolls and using those same techniques to make dolls of my own gives me an even deeper love and appreciation for the originals. Through years of experience, I know exactly why some of the dolls have that characteristic crease at the hollow of their throat, why the paint on the earliest dolls cracked and peeled, why the hands have such a wonderful shape and how to make that slight curve at the wrist. I treasure the experience, the knowledge and the insight, and I would urge you to try your hand at making a doll using Izannah’s methods. It will give you a wonderful glimpse into her world and her art.

Izannah Walker managed to capture an evocative moment of American history and very firmly convey a sense of her time and place in a child’s toy. These toys continue to be treasured, loved and marveled at today.

* There are rumors of a “life-size” doll that was owned by members of the Walker family.

Sources for some of the information used in this article and additional reading:

American Folk Dolls by Wendy Lavitt (Knopf 1982)
American Rag Dolls Straight From The Heart by Estelle Patino (Collector Books 1988)
“An American Master of Cloth” by Helen Nolan, Dolls, February 1995 (this article is about Martha Chase and only has a brief mention of Izannah Walker)
“The Art of Dolls 1700-1940” by Madeline Osborne Merrill, Doll Reader, April 1985
Cover Photo by Dorothy McGonagle, Doll News, 1989
“Dolls by Izannah Walker” by Donna C. Kaonis, Antique Doll World, September/October 1993
The Doll Collection of Helen Gage, Auction Catalogue by Marvin Cohen Auctions, December 1984
“Dolls of Rhode Island” by Carolyn Guise, Two Hundred Years of American Dolls, The New London Doll Club United Federation of Doll Clubs Region Fourteen Meeting, May 1977
Early American Dolls in Full Color, by Helen Nolan (Dover Publications 1986)
“Early American Stockinette Dolls: Part 1- Izannah Walker and Martha Chase Dolls” by Judy Beswick, The Cloth Doll, Fall 1998
Encyclopedia American Dolls by Ruth S. Freeman (Century House 1952)
“The “Holy Grail” of Early American Dolls” by Catherine Riedel, Yankee magazine, November/December 2009
“Izannah Walker – Godmother to Cloth Doll Makers” by Susan Hedrick, Soft Dolls & Animals, Summer 1998
“Izannah Walker’s Iconic Dolls” by Edyth O’Neill and Dixie Redmond, Early American Life, Christmas 2011
“An Izannah Walker Reunion” by Carol Corson, Antique Doll Collector, August 2011
“Izannah Walker: The Mystery Deepens” by Helen Nolan, Dolls, August 1994
“The Little Doll With The Little Curl” by Maurine S. Popp, The Jenny Lind Doll Club of Southern Connecticut Region 14 of The United Federation of Doll Clubs, April 1968
Made to Play House: Dolls and the Commercialization of American Girlhood, by Miriam Formanek-Brunell (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998)
“The Mystery of Izannah Walker” by Helen Nolan, Dolls, September 1993
“The Search for Izannah Walker” by Monica Bessette, Doll News, Spring 1994
“Stitches in Time” by Diane Goff, Doll Reader, July 1993
Summer in Marseilles at the Turn of the Century Auction Catalogue by Theriault’s 1993
“They’re Just Down-Home Folk” by Wendy Lavitt, Dolls, May 1993
The Treasury of Beautiful Dolls, by John Noble (Weathervane Books, 1978)
“Walker Dolls: A Family Affair” by Monica Bessette, Doll News, Summer 1998

This article and the accompanying images, like all posts and photographs on http://www.izannahwalker.com, are copyrighted by Paula Walton and may not be published or reproduced in any form without the express written consent of the author.

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Photos to Share of Mary’s Antique Izannah Walker Doll

One of the members of my Izannah Walker Reproduction Dollmaking Class was kind enough to share photographs of her 16 inch antique Izannah with the class.
One of the members of my Izannah Walker Reproduction Dollmaking Class was kind enough to share photographs of her 17 inch antique Izannah with the class.

If you are a member of my Izannah Walker class, be sure to drop into the class member site to see all the photos that Mary has shared of Anna, her tiny Izannah Walker doll.

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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.