Thursday, January 12

Vintage doll dress

I recently met the owner of an antique shop in nearby Ellicott City and we got into talking about handcrafting and sewing. She repairs vintage dolls and asked me whether I could make custom clothes  for her clients. I thought It would be a fun change in my regular sewing routine and here is the first commission completed: A blessing dress for a 1923 Grace Putnam Bye-Lo baby doll. 

 With lots of precautions and a very clear warning to Bug that she was not to touch this baby because it was highly breakable and precious, I brought the cutie to my studio, researched period clothing and meshed the results with the doll's owner's request: A girl baby, white or cream blessing dress, long enough to cover the feet but not too long. I went for long balloon sleeves on a regular bodice and a flared skirt, trimmed with lace along with ruffled pantaloons and a matching hat.
The store owner was quite happy with the result and will probably give me more commissions in the future.

Look how peaceful she looks ... how precious :)


  1. What a fun project for you to did a great job.

  2. A friend asked me to make doll clothes for her daughter's new doll. She has the pattern she wants me to use and I am anxious for her to give it to me so I can get started!

  3. That looks gorgeous, and what a good opportunity for you to do something different.

  4. What a lovely dress!
    Just stopped by to let you know that I featured your ribbon and button purse on my round tuit post this week!
    Round Tuit 84
    Thanks again for linking up! Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  5. Just beautiful, you did a wonderful job! I have a doll that looks similar but I got mine in the 1950s (gosh my doll is vintage and so am I :) she was left in the attic for years and then I rediscovered her, the dress had dry-rotted so I had to make a new one. I bought a pattern because I could never have done it without one. Thanks for sharing your beautiful doll dress with us! Hugs ~ Mary

  6. Congratulations! And thanks SO much for sharing the clothes and your success at the Kiss & Tell party over at I Gotta Create!
    <3 Christina

  7. Both the dress and your vintage doll are beautiful!

  8. The dress turned out pretty! Thanks for sharing... Have a lovely weekend!



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