I do this for fun, I (obviously) take my own photos, and have lots of feline help, so it takes forever to photograph one item! My cats wait for me to carefully arrange a scarf as a backdrop, then pounce on it. When I try to retrieve the scarf, it becomes one big game! Enough said, although it did take me 1 hour to photograph this item! Take special note of the lumpy photo with two you know who under the scarf! Yes, that is a cat tail in another photo.......=^..^=
This was one of my first "Home Ec" sewing projects in my freshman year of high school. So, there I was, 13 years old, and had to make a dress as a project. I decided to make the redingote for my Mom's antique doll, a 16" SFBJ with Jumeau face. Since the doll was antique, I bought a cranberry red taffeta 1950's era prom dress in Goodwill, along with a black velvet blouse from the 1940s. Unbeknownst to my mother, I removed the black jet buttons from one of her grandmother's dresses. Mom was NOT happy! Here is the cranberry taffeta redingote with matching bonnet, still in perfect condition after 50+ years. Unfortunately, the taffeta fabric is acetate, the velvet is rayon, the lace trim is cotton, and the jet beads date from the late 19th century. (Well, at least the fabric isn't polyester!) Surely a mish-mosh of inappropriately aged fabrics were married to make this outfit for an antique doll of the late 19th century, and it is still darling. The dress closes in front with snaps. The bonnet ties under the chin with black velvet ribbon. Despite the fabric not being appropriate for an antique doll, this is a nice presentation (I did get an A+ from Sr. Mary Catherine), and the outfit is quite appropriate for a reproduction or even an antique doll if you're not fussy about fabric being era appropriate.
The shoulders measure 4" across, the chest is 11" around and the hip measures 22" because of the deep flare. Princess seams make this a classy little outfit, and the addition of a bustle would be perfect beneath this dress. The front of the dress is 9-1/2" long from shoulder seam to hem, and 13" long in back from shoulder seam to hem. The hat would probably fit a 10" HC measuring over the wig.
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