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  • Introduction
  • French Fashion Doll Body
  • Wigs and Hair-Dos
    • Chemise
    • Open Drawers
    • Corset
    • Flannel Petticoat
    • Stockings
    • Bustle
    • Petticoat
    • Wrapper
    • Nightgown
    • Combing Jacket
  • SHOES:
    • Boots
    • Shoes
    • Pleater
    • The Skirt
    • Morning Robe
    • Home Dress
    • Afternoon Dress
    • Walking Dress
    • Visiting Dress
    • Dinner Dress
    • Evening Dress
    • Masquerade Costume
    • Ball Dress
    • Wedding Dress
  • WRAPS:
    • Dolman
    • Paletot
    • Hood
    • Apron
    • Jabot
    • Handkerchief
    • Collar and Cuffs
    • Towels and Washcloths
    • Toothbrush
    • Mirror
    • Hairbrush
    • Mask
    • Jewelry Box
    • Fan
    • Valise
    • Lap Robe
    • Gloves
    • Trunk
  • The Patterns

Title: The Wish Booklet: Fashions 1871-1875, Vol. III
Author: Susan Bonsall Sirkis
Publication Date: Booklet:1975
Publisher: The Wish Booklets, Williamsburg, VA
Page Count: 45
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11" x 8 1/2"
ISBN: 0-913786-03-9

PATTERN RATING:Star Rating You get a huge variety of patterns all appropriate for the time period. All the pattern pieces are full-sized, marked with seam allowances and have other markings to aid the seamstress(about half have grainline marking).

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating These aren't basic books for beginners - she expects you to know the terms she's using and to have experience putting garments together, so instructions are fairly brief. She provides lovely illustrations of finished garments but not a lot of illustration for getting there.

SUMMARY- Patterns fit Dolls 11-13 Inches Tall. You get instructions and pattern for a French fashion doll of the correct proportions. If you haven't run across Susan Sirkis' work before, you've really missed out. They're called "Wish Books" because everyone who reads them wishes they were longer! She does meticulous research. You should be able to see from the Table of Contents that she covers a lot of fashion for a 5-year period!

You can still get Susan's books directly at at $7.95 postage paid - far cheaper than what e-bay sellers are asking for them(usually about double - and you pay for postage on top of that!). They are well worth the investment if you like dressing your dollies in vintage styles!