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  • Introduction
  • PART ONE: Instructions and Patterns for making Dolls' Bodies and Heads
    • Using the patterns, sewing the body, stuffing the body, wired bodies, disc joints, materials
    • Simple pattern for a cloth doll
    • Cloth body suitable for a doll of the mid-19th century
    • Doll of childlike proportions
    • Kid bodied doll with gussets
    • Wire framed model doll
    • Drafting a pattern fron an existing doll
    • Enlarging and reducing patterns
    • Modelling and casting heads in different materials
    • Wig-making and hair-styles, 1600-1960
  • PART TWO: Historical Styles, Materials and Accessories
    • Drawings of fashions from 1600 to the present day
    • Silhouettes, including drawings of corsets, and constructional aids
    • Materials
    • Trimmings
    • Accessories
  • PART THREE: Dressing Antique & Mold Dolls
    • Making the clothes
    • Sleeves
    • Doll dressed in the costume of the early 17th century
    • Model doll dressed in teh style of the early 1820s
    • English wax doll of 1840-50
    • Baby doll
    • Fashion dolls
    • Antique Bebe Jumeau doll of 1875
    • Dress pattern for a 22" bisque doll c. 1890
    • Bisque doll of 1900 with patterns for the dress, hat and underclothes
    • Two bisque dolls with patterns for a sailor dress and a pique coat
    • Patterns for a nightdress and combinations
    • Pedlar dolls
    • Small dolls and dolls' house dolls

Title: Dressing Dolls
Author: Audrey Johnson
Publication Date: HC:1969
Publisher: Charles T. Branford Co., Newton, MA
Page Count: 192
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 10 3/4" x 8"
ISBN: None

PATTERN RATING:Star Rating You get an interesting variety of patterns(including a section of basic sleeve shapes that looks useful). Pattern pieces don't have seam allowances or grainlines marked, but otherwise have useful markings to aid the sewer. All patterns will have to be enlarged. You get a few pages of glossy black-and-white plates tipped in periodically that show off the clothes patterns made up.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating Instructions are pretty well broken down, but don't have a lot of illustration to go with them. You do get lots of illustration of hair styles, types of corsets, sleeves, accessories, etc - the sleeves with corresponding pattern shapes to make them seems extremely useful.

BONUS MECHANICS RATING:Star Rating I think there is a design bonus star in this book's illustrated demonstrations of modifying designs.

SUMMARY- This book has some very useful patterns, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone without sewing experience.

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