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  • Introduction
  • Making the Dolls
  • Making the Clothes
  • The Georgian Wooden Doll(c1750)
  • Early Victorian Rag Doll(c1830)
  • Victorian China Doll(c1840)
  • Wooden Dutch Dolls(c1850)
  • Conversation Piece(c1860)
  • Fashion Doll(c1870)
  • French Bébés(c1880-90)
  • Character Doll(C1910)
  • The 'Bye-lo' Baby(c1925)
  • The 'Chad Valley Bambina'(c1940)
  • Felt Children(c1950)
  • Doll Kits and Accessories
  • Dollmaking Courses and Doll Fairs
  • Bibliography
  • Stockists

Title: Making Old-Fashioned Dolls
Author: Venus A. Dodge
Publication Date: TPB:1985
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., NY
Page Count: 168
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 10 3/4" x 7 1/2"
ISBN: 0-8069-7974-7

PATTERN RATING:Star Rating Patterns are gridded to help enlarging the patterns, and they have some markings, but not a lot. You get a great collection of period reproduction dolls - for those people interested in making a doll related to specific time period.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating Instructions aren't broken down, though you get a little illustration to go with them. I could easily see each of the type of doll getting its own book in much more detail.

SUMMARY- This is a very eclectic mix of disciplines all in one book, with some history context to go with the patterns and instructions that is engaging. She covers lathing your own wooden doll, to rag dolls, to sculpting your own china head-style dolls, or making a felt dolls. She covers a great deal of ground in one book, and necessarily has to stay briefer than I think the subject matter deserves. I was more interested in the history lessons than the doll patterns themselves, but your mileage may vary. Anyone with more information about this publication can contact me through My Contact Page.