Doll Clothing · Restoration and Conservation

A Fortunate Find

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.

The first thing I did once I got the dress home was to wash it using Orvis and sodium perborate.  If you would like to read more about how to do this, check out my previous post on the subject.

This is what the dress looked like when I bought it.
A good washing made a huge difference to it's appearance and will help prolong the life of the fabric.
A close-up look at the dress fabric.