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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • MAKING THE DOLLS
  • SETTINGS
  • ESKIMO AND IGLOO
  • MEXICAN PEDRO GOES TO MARKET
  • INDIAN MOTHER AND BABY
  • PANCHO OF PERU
  • HENDRIK OF HOLLAND AND THE WINDMILL
  • SCOTCH HIGHLANDER
  • FRENCH PEASANT
  • SWEDISH GRETA
  • ANGELO OF ITALY
  • SWISS CHILDREN AND THEIR CHALET
  • ARAB SHEIK
  • WONG SU OF CHINA
  • HINDU LADY
  • JAPANESE GIRL
  • AFRICAN JUNGLE BOY

Title: HOMEMADE DOLLS in Foreign Dress
Author: Nina R. Jordan
Publication Date: HC:1939
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., New York
Page Count: 246
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 9" x 6 1/2"
ISBN: None

PATTERN RATING:Star Rating. There isn't a single picture of any of the dolls - only nicely done illustrations. The patterns are for the clothes the doll wears, to make it the nationality wanted. These patterns are minimally rendered, with few to no markings to help the sewer. The doll pattern is a very basic rag wrap over wire armature - with the rags being strips of stocking in the appropriate color for the nationality of the doll.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating. Instructions are straight text and not broken down into easy to follow steps. There is some illustration for creating the basic doll and for some interesting dioramas that the doll may be posed in.

SUMMARY- This book was designed with children in mind, and so everything was kept pretty simple. It was charming to read and browse through. It took a lot of skills for granted, however, in interpreting patterns and instructions, and the lack of photos of the finished results was the deal breaker for giving the pattern rating a third star just for the wide variety. The book is about 70 years old, and didn't reference "golliwogs" or use the "N" word as I've seen in books published long after this one! We would still find a lot of the descriptions of the ethnic characters offensive today - oh, man, the names she chose! - but she was remarkably even-handed about it, leaving me to believe her heart was in the right place. She had five other craft books to her credit by the time this one was published, one of which was another doll book: American costume Dolls: How to Make and Dress Them.