Seldom do we find an antique doll's outfit in such wonderful condition and sewn with such skill and care. Even the three tiny buttons are gilt and cut steel. This is a two pieced outfit made for a doll about 28-30" tall on a kid or cloth lady's type of body. I think of a wonderful china head or a papier mache--waxover papier mache. But I see a fine, early china in this outfit. The floral design is wonderful and vibrant, as is the brown cotton fabric it's printed on.
The fabric is sturdy--no rips, smells, holes--and as clean as the day it came off the bolt. Especially interesting--and this outfit is so interesting and so finely finished--is the piecing done on the skirt. You have to look closely to even see it, but the seamstress used every scrap of fabric she had and pieced it all together to make a continuous design run to complete the skirt. Women did this to their own clothing, and it took patience and skill to pull it off without undue notice on the garment. It was home made frugality at its best. They are not repairs. They are pieced fabric to complete the skirt.
The jacket is lined in a teal polished cotton, the seams pinked for sturdiness. The handsewing is marvelous. I also love the backing in the waistband; another piece of fine, early cotton. There is a ruffled skirt and it's banded in black velvet. Frugality in the fabric was important, but good choices were made in the buttons and the velvet banding trim. There is no collar on the jacket, and I suspect one was in mind when the suit collar was sewn. But the lace or velvet or whatever was intended never made it on the garment. Hook and eye closures on the jacket and on the skirt. An exquisite, early doll jacket and skirt. I'm sure a white cotton waist would have been worn underneath.
Measurements: They're generous. Jacket: Shoulder to hem on the jacket is 9.5". Shoulder to top of sleeve is 2.5". Sleeves are 7" long with a 3" opening. Nice for those beautiful china hands. Bustline of jacket is 13". Waist on jacket is 11". Skirt: Skirt is 19" long. Waist is 10.5". Skirt flares out to about 11" wide, so it is a narrower style of skirt.
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