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  • Introduction
  • The Doll
    • Underwear
    • Chemise
    • Drawers
    • Petticoat
    • Combinations- Petticoat adn Underbodice
    • Combinations- Underbodice and Drawers
    • Nightgown
    • Stockings
    • Apron
    • Lingerie Dress
    • Silk and Velvet Dress
    • Dress with Paniers
    • Silk and Lace Dress
    • Brocade and Velvet Dress
    • Wool and Silk Dress
    • Eyelet Embroidery Dress
    • Velvet and Lace Dress
    • Faille and Velveteen Dress
    • Sailor Dress
    • Checked Gingham Dress
    • Yoked Dress
    • Silk and Lace Dress
    • Cloak
  • SHOES:
    • Shoe A-E
    • Straw
    • Fabric
    • Silk Bonnet
    • Hood
    • Capote
    • Straw Bonnet
    • Steeple Crown Bonnet
    • Sailor Hat

Title: The Wish Booklet: La Petite Bébé 1883-1887, Vol. XI
Author: Susan Bonsall Sirkis
Publication Date: Booklet:1973
Publisher: The Wish Booklets, Williamsburg, VA
Page Count: 46
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11" x 8 1/2"
ISBN: 0-913786-11-X

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(no grainline markings).

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 are sized for a 9" Bru Reproduction Doll. And of course you get Susan's gorgeous illustrations of period dress! 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!