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  • Introduction
  • 13" Rag Doll Pattern
  • Body for China Dolls
    • Chemise
    • Drawers
    • Corset
    • Long Petticoat
    • Short Petticoat
    • Corset Cover
    • Nightgown
    • Wrapper
    • Stockings
    • Shoes
    • Ladies Toilette
    • Black Silk Toilette
    • Ladies Toilette, Jacket Basque, Organ Pipe Skirt
    • Bicycle Costume
    • Ladies Tea Gown
    • Ladies Toilette, A Sans Gen Costume
    • Ladies Concert Toilette
    • Ladies Demi-Toilette
    • Ladies Opera Toilette
    • Wedding Gown
    • Bicycle Hat
    • Purple and Black Hat
    • Straw Hat
    • Grey Felt Hat
    • Brown Hat
    • Wedding Veil
    • Marie Antoinette Fur Set
    • Black Lace Cape
    • Ladies English Tailor Gown
    • Ladies Evening Toilette
    • Belt A-B
    • Parasol
    • Leggins
    • Shirtwaist
    • Muff
    • Wedding Bouquet
    • Bag
    • Belt C
  • The Patterns

Title: The Wish Booklet: Fashions 1895-1896, Vol. XIX
Author: Susan Bonsall Sirkis
Publication Date: Booklet:1977
Publisher: The Wish Booklets, Williamsburg, VA
Page Count: 42
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11" x 8 1/2"
ISBN: 0-913786-19-5

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 13" rag doll(doll pattern included). The introduction is an interesting discussion of paper dolls. 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!