Cover Image Property of Mangelsen's
This image property of Harold Mangelsen & Sons

  • Introduction
  • Mrs. Farmer
  • Farmer
  • Clown
  • Color Photographs
  • Santa Claus and Mr. Pilgrim
  • Photographs
  • Mrs. Santa-Mrs. Pilgrim-Dixie Belle-School Girl
  • Suggestions

Title: Living Dolls
Author: Gloria Barnhart
Publication Date: Booklet:1972
Publisher: Harold Mengelsen & Sons, Inc., Omaha, Nebraska
Page Count: 23
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11" x 8 1/2"
ISBN: None

PATTERN RATING:Star Rating. Patterns are full size and have the old ABC method of markings. Seam allowances and grainline aren't shown on the pattern pieces, but otherwise marked well enough. Like the Zim's books, you need to buy the heads and hands from this company in order to make the dolls they present to you, but the costuming patterns are interesting enough in themselves to be worth picking this up.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating. Instructions aren't broken down well and have no illustration to go with them.

SUMMARY- The costume patterns are excellently executed. It was worth the price of admission. The dolls remind me of a lovely half doll that my great grandma Whitmore made for me out of a bleach jug and a store bought head. She cut a hole in the bleach bottle so I could hide treasures inside the doll. The dress was this beautiful red figured velvet that you just don't see anymore. Sorry for the trip down memory lane, but this little booklet does have some solid design work in it. I would recommend it for the clothing patterns.