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  • A Letter to Whoever Opens this Book
  • The Baby Doll
  • A Little Girl Doll
  • A Little Boy Doll
  • The Large Doll
  • Dressing an Old-Fashioned Doll
  • A Clown
  • A Gypsy
  • Doll-House Dolls
  • Character and Costume Dolls

Title: Dolls to Make For Fun and Profit
Author: Edith Flack Ackley
Publication Date: HC:1938
Publisher: Frederick A. Stokes, NY
Page Count: 126
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 10 1/4" x 7 1/2"
ISBN: None

PATTERN RATING:Star Rating Patterns are all full-size, but not marked. You get seven sizes of doll and a nice assortment of clothes patterns to go with them. There are no photos of the dolls made up.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating Instructions are not broken down in any way other than by starting a new paragraph, and there aren't many illustrations to go with them(but the few you do have are quite useful).

SUMMARY- Edith Flack Ackley has a very strong following on-line(there are fan sites dedicated to her dolls!), People clearly find her dolls engaging, and I saw no evidence to the contrary in this book. I wish she'd included photos, but in 1938 that was rare. Her writing style was clear and engaging, and I had no problems following her instructions. The dolls are simple enough design(two part, no gussets) to have not needed elaborate instructions. She says in her letter to the reader that she didn't like sewing on a machine, so the thousand plus dolls she made over her lifetime were probably almost all handstitched. If you're lucky enough to own one, you are lucky indeed. I strongly recommend this book for basic patterns. It holds up well for a 70 year-old book!