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  • Introduction
  • 1. Materials
  • 2. How to Make and Display Dolls
    • The Anatomy of Dolls - The Face and Hair - The Anatomy of Ballet Figures - Accessories - Stands
  • 3. Queen Elizabeth I
  • 4. King Henry VIII
  • 5. Queen Victoria
    • Crinoline Period, 1860 - Bustle Period, 1880
  • Elizabeth Woodville - Wife of King Edward IV
  • King Charles I
  • Nell Gwyn
  • The Infanta Margarita Teresa
  • The Tower Warder
  • Ballet Dancers
    • The Swan - Giselle - Swanilda
  • An African Girl
  • Chinese Coolie
  • An Indian Woman

Title: Costume Dolls and How To Make Them
Author: Winifred M. Craven
Publication Date: HC:1962
Publisher: Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, Ltd., London
Page Count: 109
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 10" x 7 1/2"
ISBN: None

PATTERN RATING:Star Rating There are a dozen black-and-white plates of some of the dolls given, and they are quite attractive. Costume patterns are minimal - most are just draping techniques, and markings on the few given are nonexistant. I had to really think about whether to leave the second star, but decided the variety and strength of detail on each of the illustrated figures was worth it.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating Instructions are not broken down very well, and forget about illustrations in general - despite the fact that you have no patterns to go on with the clothing, just written instructions on draping to get the effect wanted!

SUMMARY- If you already know what you're doing, this book could be useful for the detail she puts into the historical and ethnic figures she presents. Some of them are quite stunning.