In the 1920s, the American company Brucilla offered kits that allowed ladies to decorate their homes with hand embroidered pillows, doilies, and even dollies. This fantastic flapper was made from such a kit, which included everything from the doll's fabric face to her fashionable high-heeled shoes, as well as the fabric and embroidery yarn to create her elaborate airy outfit. These kit-made cuties are not common, especially in such complete condition. This long, lithe lady is clad in a gorgeous gown of pastel pink and light green, the full skirt made of alternating panels, some adorned with large hand embroidered flowers, delicately tinted pink and blue. Underneath she has a tulle slip, pantaloons, stockings, and her wonderful shoes. I bought her from a local estate for my personal collection, only to discover to my dismay this 29.5 inch long lass did not fit into any of my display cases! She has been packed away since, and the time has come to let her go to a home where she will be displayed as she deserves. Overall, this cloth coquette is in wonderful shape. Her hat and gown are unfaded and clean, her shoes are near mint, and her black mohair wig is in its original set, including hairpins. Her sultry painted bedroom eyes are shaded by long upper lashes and the paint on her face is still bright and intact. There is some darkening on her forehead, perhaps from her hat, and I have not tried to clean it off, and the wig has pulled away a little from the sides of her face, exposing the glue underneath. The black mohair wig is shedding a little bit, but it is still nice and full. The composition hands have a little crazing. While I was taking these photos, I discovered a hole in the green leaf of the pink embroidered flower on the right side of her skirt; it is visible only upon close inspection.
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