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  • Introduction
  • The Dolls
    • Drawers
    • Long Chemise
    • Short Chemise
    • Corset
    • Under Petticoat
    • Petticoat
    • Shoes
    • Stockings
    • Bust Pads
    • Martha Washington
    • Abigail Adams
    • Martha Randolph
    • Dorothea Payne Todd Madison
    • Elizabeth Kortright Monroe
    • Maria Hester Monroe Gouverneur
    • Louisa Catherine Adams
    • Emily Donelson
    • Sarah Yorke Jackson
    • Sarah Angelica Singleton Van Buren
    • Jane Irwin Findlay
    • Julia Gardiner Tyler
    • Sarah Childress Polk
    • Betty Taylor Bliss Dandridge
    • Abigail Powers Fillmore
    • Jane Appleton Pierce
    • Harriet Lane Johnston
    • Mary Todd Lincoln

Title: The Wish Booklet: First Lady Fashions 1789-1865, Vol. IV
Author: Susan Bonsall Sirkis
Publication Date: Booklet:1968
Publisher: The Wish Booklets, Williamsburg, VA
Page Count: 46
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11" x 8 1/2"
ISBN: 0-913786-04-7

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 12 Inches Tall. All the dress patterns are based on the original garments that were on display in the First Ladies Hall of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. at the time Susan was researching for her book. 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 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!