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  • Chapter One:
    To fit dolls 16", 20" and 22" high
    • Lullabies and Lace
    • Cherished Christening Gown
    • Confetti Clown
    • Jests and Jingles
    • Woodland Cherub
    • Barefoot in the Park
    • Twinkling Stars
  • Chapter Two: Every Day's a Celebration!
    To fit dolls 9" and 11" high
    • Basic Fashion Doll Dress
    • Angel Dust and Sparkles
    • Oriental Blossom
    • Garden Tea Party
    • Petals and Pearls Bride
    • Sultry Sorceress
    • Sixteen Candles
    • Winter's Precious Wonder
    • Autumn Forest Fairy
    • Peek-a-Boo Briefs
  • Chapter Three: Teacher's Pets and Sweetie Pies
    To fit dolls 9", 13" and 16" high
    • Basic Little Girl Dress
    • Slips and Bloomers
    • Reading to Miss Kitty
    • Oh, Romeo, Romeo
    • Wedding Bells and Bouquets
    • Croquet, Anyone?
    • Harvest Princess
    • Masquerade Mystic
    • The Princess and the Pea
    • Aint's She Sweet!
    • Puss 'n' Boots
  • General Instructions
  • Vocabulary
  • Alterations
  • Suppliers
  • Metric Equivalency Chart
  • Index

Title: The Perfect Book of Doll Clothes
Author: The Vanessa-Ann Collection
Publication Date: HC:1991
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., NY
Page Count: 144
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 10 1/4" x 8 3/4"
ISBN: 0806984740

PATTERN RATING:Star Rating There is a nice variety of patterns here, including a few that I would place into the "fantasy" category, which surprised me. The few patterns that are not full-size are gridded to help the crafter. They have few markings, but at least the designer put a note on each pattern page, if not on the pattern itself, that the seam allowances are included in the pattern. Things like grainline aren't marked, and the specific pattern name isn't on them either. I also didn't care for the "mood lighting" of many of the photographs. It obscured sewing details.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating Instructions are broken down into generic steps and there is no illustration to go with them. If you don't already know what you're doing, the instructions aren't likely to help you.

SUMMARY- The book had to do a lot to live up to its title, and I ended up thinking that at the very least, it wasn't perfect for me. The clothes seemed to swallow and overwhelm the dolls, in my humble opinion. And I certainly wouldn't hand this book to someone who wasn't already well familiar with making doll clothes. The adjective that most came to mind was "busy." Some people love this style, but it just wasn't for me.