Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Samantha's White Drop Waist Dress

The original Etsy listing by DollClothesbyEvie described it as a white drop waist dress with a stand up collar. The bodice and sleeves are from an antique dress. The skirt is an antique eyelet.

Here's also a history of children's clothing.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Needle in a Haystack Samantha Dress

I'll take photos later, but here's my latest Ebay purchase from Needle in a Haystack.

Original auction description & photos:
Soft Green Party Dress ~ a Needle special design: The dress is made from lovely soft green cotton with a delicate floral pattern in a dropped waist style with large full sleeves. A delicate cream colored vintage lace inherited from my late grandmother decorates the edge of the large collar all the way around with a small satin cream ribbon bow at center front. The same lace also decorates the neckband, sleeve bands, and hemline. Back ties and button closure. The wide cream colored hair ribbon will also be included with the dress.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Samantha Beach Combing

Whew, Boston has been suffering a heat wave lately.

I took these photos in November as I was about to sell them and trade them. I live about a 10 minute walk from the Atlantic Ocean (well, the Boston Harbor technically) and I wished I had snapped some photos at the local beach during summer. But poor Samantha had just retired and her outfits were fetching great prices at auction. I ended up trading the bathing outfit for a slightly damaged copy of Josefina's writing table. I thought I got the better deal. I sold the the middy outfit and bicycle outfit. Oh, well. Though the middy and the bathing outfit were made of thicker fabric unlike the rest of the flimsy stuff in Samantha's collection, I was never a fan of the nautical look. So I don't miss the outfits...except perhaps for the missed photo op.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Colonial Gown by Crafty1sews

This colonial gown made by crafty1sews on Ebay has very nice detail. Even the kerchief has a little lace trim. It also came with a little hand purse.

I try to imagine characters wearing these dresses. Have any of you read Johnny Tremain? I think the dress is too fancy for working class Priscilla Lapham, but someone like Lavinia Lyte, the Boston socialite might wear it. But she probably would wear silks. Perhaps I should dig out an Ann Rinaldi book?

And you know what I'm psyched about? The Americas wing finally opening up at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Entire corridors devoted to colonial art. Mmmmm. John Singleton Copley and Paul Revere. And John Sargent for ye lovers of costumes in paint.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Dollies Dressmaker's Bertha Collar Dress

Chrissa is wearing a flower outfit with a bertha made by Dollies' Dressmaker. Samantha's ice cream outfit was made by Heritage4.

History of the Bertha Collar

How to spot different collars

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Etsy Watch May 31 - June 9, 2010

Molly's Route 66 Outfit Replica

from the illustration:

This Terristouch outfit below reminds me of the butterfly collar dress that Madison Davenport as Ruthie Smithens wore in the Kit movie. Can anyone find a production still? Here's another attempt to replicate the dress as shown in the Doll Wardrobe blog.


Renaissance fair!

Or check out the Renaissance and Medieval garb at: http://www.etsy.com/shop/CraftMeisters

Not a fan of the print, but the delicate hand smocking on the collar is beautiful.

Mob caps and sunbonnets here:

Or get a Terristouch version: