Cover Image Property of Polly Ford
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  • Introduction
  • Setting the Scene
  • That Crucial First Step
  • Color
  • Fabric
  • Let's Get That Dress Designed
  • Figure Faults and Solutions
  • Cutting Your Basic Pattern
    • Bodice
    • Sleeves
    • Skirt
    • Collars
  • Let's Start Sewing
    • General Hints
    • Start Sewing
    • Sleeves
    • Skirts
    • Hems
    • Final Touches
    • Bonnets, Hats, Etc.
    • Underclothing
  • Odds and Ends
  • Ways to Use Basic Pattern

Title: Polly's Guide to Fitting and Costuming An Antique Doll (for those who would like to be finished by lunch!)
Author: Polly Ford
Publication Date: Booklet:1976
Publisher: Peak Doll Enterprises
Page Count: 32
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11" x 8 1/2"
ISBN: None

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating While there are no patterns in this booklet, she does do a good job of showing how to create your own custom pattern with the draping method, using paper. She gives a lot of drawn illustrations(no pix) that are helpful.

BONUS MECHANICS RATING:Star Rating This isn't a rating I get to give out much, so I'm always pleased when I run across a book that gets into the nuts and bolts of pattern design. This book goes into design only for doll costuming as the title clearly states, and I think accomplishes its mission. Studying her method will get you where you want to go.

SUMMARY- I got this and her second book in a large estate sale lot of magazines, and was really pleased when I started thumbing through them. She's not the best artist in the world, but she gets her ideas across, is an engaging writer, and covers her topic pretty thoroughly. If you have an interest in dressing (or re-dressing antique dolls), these aren't bad little booklets to have.