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  • Introduction
  • The (12" rag)Doll
  • Body for China Dolls
    • Chemise
    • Drawers
    • Petticoat Bodice
    • Combinations
    • Petticoat A-B
    • Corset
    • Nightgown
    • Breakfast Jacket
    • Cushion Bustle
    • Bust Extender
    • Stockings
    • Shoes A-B
    • Morning Dress
    • At Home Dress
    • Summer Dress
    • Walking Dress
    • Visiting Dress
    • Riding Dress
    • 5 O'Clock Tea Gown
    • Dinner Dress
    • Ball Gown
    • Wedding Dress
    • Straw Hats
    • Cloth Hats
    • Riding Hat
    • Wedding Veil
    • Lace Scarf for Evening
    • Fur Toque
    • Velvet Toque
    • Brocade Bonnet
    • Pink and Gray Bonnet
    • Green Bonnet
    • Lace Ca
    • Natural Straw Hat
    • Bue Silk Hat
    • Embroidered Handbag
    • Dolman
    • Earrings
    • Necklace
    • Bracelet
    • Brooch
    • Standing Collar
    • Velvet and Fur Muff
    • Fur Animals for Neck
    • Lace Cape
    • Blouse
    • Fan
    • Apron
  • The Patterns

Title: The Wish Booklet: Fashions 1880-1885, Vol. XIII
Author: Susan Bonsall Sirkis
Publication Date: Booklet:1974
Publisher: The Wish Booklets, Williamsburg, VA
Page Count: 44
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11" x 8 1/2"
ISBN: 0-913786-13-6

PATTERN RATING:Star Rating You get a wide variety of patterns for a specific 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 drafted to fit a 12" rag doll(doll pattern included). 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!