Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Mehitable Is Getting Ready For The Afternoon Tea - Victorian Lady Doll

"Mehitable", "Sweet, Sweet Julianna", "Ester Loves The Morning" and "Prudence On A Walk" have been friends since they were all in diapers. In fact they've always been the BEST of friends. They love each other, protect each other, and are fiercely devoted to each other. So much so that it sometimes gets in the way of their relationships with their boyfriends.

Without fail, every day they get together for their afternoon tea and crumpets. Everything and anything is fair game in their discussions. They might be talking about the latest Godey fashions plate pages, they're newest outfit, the Queen's annual ball, their families, their boyfriends, their engagements, etc. Nothing is off limits. That is, nothing within the reasonable limits of proper Victorian discussion etiquette. Their afternoon teas are held on a rotating basis with each friend hosting the afternoon tea every fourth day. Today, they will all be having tea in Mehitable's parlor.

"Mehitable" is a 13" Victorian square bottomed cloth bodied doll with a gathered waistline, porcelain head, and porcelain arms. She is wearing an 1858 Walking Dress. Mehitable has two layers of lace trim along the bottom of her body. Her slip is lace trimmed and gathered at the waist.

Her 1858 Walking Dress has oversleeves and an overskirt. The sleeves are lace trimmed and gathered at the shoulders and wrists. The oversleeves have two layers of lace trim along the edge and are also gathered at the shoulders. Her Victorian dress is gathered at the waist and has a 2 layer lace trimmed overskirt which is also gathered at the waist. Scalloped finished lace trim surrounds her neck edge. A single layer of gathered lace trim runs along the bottom hem edge and scalloped lace trim. Mehitable's outfit includes a lined and lace trimmed shawl that is wrapped around her shoulders and secured in the front with a silk floral. There is a row of finished bridal lace trim decorating the bun in her hair and a ribbon bow in the back of her bun. She is carrying a bouquet of miniature ceramic Lilly's with ribbon streamers.

Mehitable just received the latest fashion plate page from Godey's and is anxious to show her best friends the latest in Paris fashion at this afternoons tea. She has her eye on a particular ensemble and wants to get her friends opinion on it before she orders it. But, right now she is busy preparing for her afternoon tea and needs to get ready. So much to do - so little time.

Note: The porcelain head and hands that are pictured are from Midwest Design Imports.

Designer - Linda Walsh of Linda Walsh Originals

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