Wednesday, February 24, 2021

"Cherish" dressed in the remarkably popular 1770's Robe á la Polonaise....AVAILABLE


Cherish is 16.5 inches tall. She is a wooden Queen Anne style doll hand carved and hand painted in beautiful detail.  I made her clothing and accessories with early materials and textiles, some of them dating back to the late 18th century. Her intricate clothing is assembled with layers of skirts. As an avid textile collector, you can imagine what a great pleasure it is for me to have the opportunity not only to design their wardrobe and accessories, but to choose meticulously the fabrics to make the clothing for each of my dolls. I love having my dolls dressed the way I envisioned them since the very first minute!
As her name says, Cherish is a lovely doll that you will "treasure dearly"

I have posted several photos for you to see step-by-step how I have dressed her and all the details of this doll. Enjoy!

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Fine hand-carving of her entire body. She has antique glass eyes with eyelashes and eyebrows finely painted. 

Here is Cherish wearing her long shift and dickey petticoat for warmth and modesty.

Her long silk stockings are held up with garters.

Women's clothing in the 18th century amaze me!  They wore a shift, pockets, many layers of skirts, a fichu petticoats, a gown, etc. and of course, stays (infallible!). I made her stays from a late 19th century brocade silk.

Cloth pockets: Early 19th c. French brocade textile

Cherish is also wearing a cotton petticoat from 
the Edwardian Era.

If you want your 18th century doll to have that wonderful 
puff up skirt, the bum rumps works great!

Skirt: Beautiful example of late 18th century brocade textile.

Fichus were an essential accessory for an 18th century
 woman's wardrobe. Here is Cherish wearing her fichu I made  from an early French lace.

The polonaise is shown over her silk petticoat.
Silk ribbons are attached on the opposite sides of the dress for looping up the skirt, attaching them to two tiny buttons sewn to the outside waistline.
Gown: Delightful French silk brocade textile dating about 1840's

Headdress: Inspired on an English coif.  This embroidered textile is a wonderful example of the skilled artisans of the Ottoman Era. 

The metallic silver trim is beautiful. Origin: France, ca. 1780's
Her necklace is made out of glass seed beads from the Victorian Era.

Her chatelaine dangles four gold plated chains, each of them ends holding an essential tool for Cherish' sewing chores. I made her pinball with the lovely blue silk brocade that I used to make her shoes. The roll up sewing case is inspired on a museum example dating from the 18th century. It's made with early trims and textiles, it also has a tiny diamond shape mirror that was affixed on to a textile dating back to the 18th century probably from India, where artisans excelled at the handcraft and mirror work.

And last but not least are Cherish' shoes.  Lovely blue silk brocade. She loves to show off her shoes!

Monday, December 14, 2020

15" Wooden Queen Anne Style Doll.....SOLD



Briana is a 15 inches tall young lady with lots of presence and serene expression. She is dressed in early textiles, some of them dating back to the late 18th century! I have posted several photos for you to see step-by-step how I have dressed her and all the details of this lovely doll.  Enjoy!


These types of dolls with painted eyes are some of the earliest made in the Queen Anne style.  Only a few of them have survived, some of them dating about 1700's.  I love her beautiful big eyes and shy smile!

As many of the original dolls, she has cloth upper arms and the lower arms are wood with elongated fork-shaped hands.

Here she is wearing her fine cotton muslin chemise. The tight-fitting stockings and garters are from the Edwardian Era.

Coarse linen stays, ca. 1740's with lace up front and back.         
I love to sew these early centuries stays for my dolls!

Early 1800's  brocade cloth pocket

Bum-roll: It helps to emphasize her tiny waist.

Beautiful wool petticoat from the Victorian Era. It will keep her warm during the winter months. 

Skirt: French glazed cotton chintz, ca. 1850's.  Beautiful floral and stripe design. The colors are vibrant and it has retained its glaze through all these years.

Briana is wearing a Robe à l'Anglaise.  Very stylish  late eighteenth century dress, renowned for the fitted back and  close-bodied bodice.  The textile is a beautiful late eighteen century brocade, it is backed with silk from the same era. 



Her fichu wraps around the body and ties in the back. Lovely!



Coif: Wonderful example of eighteenth century French embroidery, with metallic silver trim from the same era.

I made her shoes with the same silk brocade as the dress. It's decorated with silk  bows from the same era and tiny silver metal buckles from the 1930's.