Monday, May 22, 2017

The Dolls Product Lines Series - Victorian Annie and Victorian Andy

If you love making all sorts of raggedy cloth dolls then you're going to love our  "Victorian Annie and Victorian Andy" Victorian dolls.

Victorian Annie

"Victorian Annie" is so adorable. She could be called "Victorian" adorable. Everything about her is "Victorian." And, she is thrilled with that for she just loves the "Victorian" period. Something about the dresses calls to her and she is especially happy that her Victorian outfit is blue and white, her favorite colors. They showcase her red raggedy hair and complexion so well. Don't you think?

She has a fancy lace and ruffled double-tiered trim dress with front overlay and long double-tiered lace trimmed and gathered sleeves, lined bonnet, lace trimmed and gathered slip, lace trimmed and gathered bloomers, laced tied boots, and curly raggedy red hair. She has a cloth body & head, black beads for eyes and her face is embroidered. Her dress is adorned with covered buttons and a floral ribbon adorns her dress.

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals

"Victorian Annie", 19” Victorian Raggedy Ann Art Doll E-Pattern - Raggedy Ann Doll - Victorian Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Intermediate

Handmade Doll 

Victorian Andy

"Victorian Andy" is dressed in his "Sunday Best." Make that his "Victorian Sunday Best" for he too, like his sister Victorian Annie, loves his Victorian outfit. It's the perfect Victorian sailor outfit. Why, he can fit just about everything but the kitchen sink in his big pockets. Hey, wait a minute - the kitchen sink is in there!   Victorian Andy has a fancy lace collared lined jacket with long sleeves, bow tie, pantaloons with two-front pockets, satin cumber-bun, lined sailor’s cap, and curly raggedy red hair. His head and body are cloth, his face is embroidered and he has black beads for eyes. His jacket is fastened with small white buttons and his boots are laced.

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals

"Victorian Andy", 19” Doll - Victorian Raggedy Andy Art Doll E-Pattern - Victorian Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Intermediate 

Handmade Doll

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Dolls Product Line Series - The Story Behind My "Celia's" Victorian Doll Pattern


A lot of my dolls have stories behind them. Here's the story of my "Celia" doll:

Celia is married to Elmer (see my post The Story Behind Elmers Little Boy ). They have been happily married for over 50 years and were recently moving into their new home. Since they were downsizing they had to either get rid of a lot of items or throw a lot away. So, they decided what to throw away and what to sell at their yard sale. When you've been married over fifty years there are a LOT of items.

In any event, one of the items Celia had decided to throw away was this old, grungy, doll who was just plain "a mess". She had lost most of her hair on the top of her head and had one long bunch of strands down one side of her head. Her fingers were all broken and her face was dirty. She had on an old, dirty, prairie dress and bonnet. I wish I had taken a picture of her so you could have seen how she was. Needless to say she was in desperate need of a make over. I think she was considering going to a day spa, but she wasn't aware of any dollie day spas. There definitely weren't any in the yellow pages.

So, of course, I took her home and we pondered her fate together. We decided she should be elegant. She'd had enough of this simple, primitive, country look and wanted to be a real "Lady". So we decided on a bit of a "French" aristocratic look for her. We needed something that would cover up her bald spots while still making it seem like she had a full head of hair. Definitely a twist was in store. The problem, however, was what to do with the rest of her head. I though maybe a combination of a large hat and "Gloria Swanson" type of turban would work. Celia was skeptical. It was a drastic step.