Pictured here is an infant's long dress from the mid 19th century made of the ubiquitous "double pink" which was and is so pretty on a child or a doll. To use on my doll it needed to be shortened by many inches. I turned up a neat hem and never mind that it is 8 inches wide. I did not iron the hem in, but just softly ran it though my fingers to press it the least bit so it hangs nicely. I have taken pictures inside to show the simple construction, just two rectangles with the top corners cut away, then sleeves applied that are each a simple ruffle the same width for its whole length.
Now here is the temptation, look at the doll and see that like so many the upper arms are not pretty and should be covered. Ah, part of the 8 inch hem would do nicely to fabricate longer undersleeves to give a great look! But I cannot cut it so undersleeves will have to wait and be made later of soft white goods. I am watching now for an apron to tie around her middle.
This doll, an early glass eyed papier mache head made by Andreas Voit about 1845 or 50 went through my house fire in 2005. She is entirely repainted by me as she was blackened, almost charred, by the smoke and fire. I have kept some of these large glass eyed Voit children anyway, as they will not come my way to buy again.
This doll head style with her center parted short hair and wispy curls at the sides was doubtless an inspiration for some of the dolls made in this country by Ludwig Greiner. I show one of his earliest dolls marked only with a black stamp "Patent Head" (ex collection Winnie Langley) and another slightly later doll with a standard 1858 Greiner label. Thank you sweet friend Martha for the little cape you crocheted for her. Her dress is original to her I believe, a nice sheer wool plaid. I have very few dolls in original clothing and I treasure the ones that are.
This Motschmann baby has her complete original outfit in the cradle with her, including dress Jacket and cap.
The dolls know a photographer from EAL is coming next week and they are all aflutter hoping to slip into the pictures. e