My Grodnertal Doll posted on August 07 2015 in 19th century fashion, dolls

Hello!  Here are a few pics of a doll I modeled after grodnertals, peg wooden dolls that were made in Germany and the Netherlands around the early 19th century.  She is here posed in front of my dollhouse.   I made her dress from a pattern from Janet Arnold's Patterns of Fashion called Snowshill Manor c. 1795-1800.  The description noted that "This half robe has been altered from a gown of c. 1780 and is interesting as an example of a transitional style."  I can definitely see the 18th century in the pleats in the skirt, and the coming 19th century in the empire waist! Bon Weekend!

 The description also noted: "Small loops from the inside of the bodice fasten over buttons on the rightside of the garment to give the neckline shape."

 

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Maison Tulle (My Fashion Boutique Room Box) posted on March 17 2015 in Dollhouse Miniatures, dolls

I've been taking a fun room box class with the uber-talented Liz Lebosse (www.dollhousesbyliz.com), who also did a fabulous job building my dollhouse.  I just finished the final details of the box, so I thought I would share the photos with you.  Liz is also offering classes from her studio in Poughkeepsie.  I would highly recommend it!

A few details about Maison Tulle...I imagined it as the boutique of a couturier by the name of Tulle in mid century Paris (but probably most of the period details here are not accurate).  In addition to the room box, I made the painting on the wall, the dress on the mannequin and the black leather handbag on the mantle.  The rest of the furnishings I collected throughout the years.  Hope you like the photos!

 

Side View

Front View

A Cream Satin Gown trimmed with ink-dipped feathers and a black leather handbag with gold clasp

Chandelier.  I tried wrapping the chain with beige ribbons.  I thought it turned out pretty reasonable.

Close up of the dress.  

Shop Letters

 

 

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A Holiday Gift Guide posted on December 16 2014 in dolls, french fashion doll

 

If there happens to be a French fashion doll about 17-18 inches tall on your holiday list...

 I have a feeling that she would approve of any of the following items:

Sac de Voyage (Available at Mary Ann Spinelli)

White Rabbit Opera Cape with Green Silk Ribbon Ties (Available at Carmel Doll Shop)

A Two-Tone Crocheted Hammock with Tassels (Available at Carmel Doll Shop)

A Box of Toilette Items Including Comb, Powderpuff, Perfume Bottle (Available at Carmel Doll Shop)

These dainty Red Leather Slippers with Scallops and Black Ribbon (Available at Mlle. Bereux)

A Papier-mache Chinoiserie Tray (Available at Carmel Doll Shop)

And Finally, a silk lavender Pagoda shaped parasol complete with an ivory handle (Available at Mlle. Bereux)

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