Saturday, October 9, 2021

"THEY BROUGHT ENTHUSIASM, EXCITEMENT, ALTHOUGH IT WAS NOT ALL ABOUT THE LATEST FASHION!"

 

           


The Pandora dolls were quite lovely, they played such an important role not only because they kept everyone with the latest trends in fashion, but also these dolls helped customers to make less or no mistakes when chosen their garments. The opportunity to having this doll live, in person was an extraordinary event for the customers, they could see all the details of the gowns, skirts, accessories, they could see the real color of the fabrics and choose their favorite textiles for their garments.
 I just imagine the excitement of the ladies with their daughters, granddaughters, aunts, nieces, etc.  contemplating and enjoying these little dolls, dreaming that they can make dreams come true  and wear  that fashionable gown! 

I am a true believer that these little dolls were wonderful helpers, they didn't talk just about fashion, they carried with them enthusiasm, hope, and the most important thing is that they were capable to make families come together. Mom, daughters, grandma, aunts, nieces, all together, exchanging ideas, family stories, even little secrets, family bonding that is so important, things that in many cases are now missing from the family's day to day life.

I want to be a helper too!. I have made this lovely Pandora doll for you to enjoy and my hope is that this humble reproduction brings the same enthusiasm that she has brought to me. 

She is 17.5" tall. Her clothing and accessories are made with early materials and textiles, some of them dating back to the beginning of the 19th century. Enjoy the photos!

If you are interested in purchasing her, please contact me at:

soniakrausedolls@gmail.com

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Hand carved from basswood and painted in beautiful detail. 




I just love this photo of  her entire wardrobe!


Her first underclothing are the knee length shift 
and dickey petticoat.


I have chosen this beautiful antique French silk ribbon for her garters, the orange ombre colors of this diminutive silk ribbon inspire me so much in this Fall Season. What a sweet combination of colors that match lovely with her wool stockings! :)


Stays: 19th century silk brocade in a lovely light blue color






Ohhh secret pockets!

Unlike men's clothing, in the 18th century women didn't have pockets sewn into their garments, so they got inventive and made hanging pockets and wrapped them with a string around their waists  and hid them under layers of skirts. Some had a pieced patchwork design and others had an elaborate embroidery.
Double cloth pockets: Early 19th century French ribbonwork, the intricate embroidery is made with metallic threads as well.


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




Quilted petticoat: This lovely young lady welcomes another layer of skirt knowing that the winter months are approaching. It has pocket-slits as well, so she can reach to her secret cloth pockets!
Remarkable early example of  hand block printed textile, probably woven and printed in India during the first years of the 19th century.




Fichu: French lace from the Victorian Era.
Stomacher: 19th century Ottoman embroidery with gold
 metallic threads.


Inspired on a gown from the Georgian Era, I can praise the elegance and modest charm of this one. 
I have seen many striped silk British gowns from the 1800's and when I found this textile, I envisioned to make one like this for my doll, just in miniature.
Striped silk textile: green, light and dark brown stripes, dating about 1880's








Chatelaines were popular during the 1800's
I made her chatelaine with the essential tools for her sewing chores: it has a pinball, a  housewife roll sewing case and a pair of miniature scissors. The pincushion (better known as pinball) is made with the same green silk of the gown.
The housewife is made from early embroidery and cottons textiles, it holds inside a tiny thread waxer, super cute!




Her high heel shoes in the 18th century 
style finishes the look! 
 Painstakingly made by hand, I enjoyed very much their design and I love the idea that they match the stomacher. This amazing Ottoman embroidery depicts tiny pineapples, pomegranates and delicate floral sprays.





Head dress: She is wearing a day cap (same lace as the apron) and a lovely antique Bergére hat. 
Day caps ( also called pinner caps) were worn for  women of all classes, they were worn most of the time for informal occasions. 
The Bergére hat mas usually made of straw, it has a very low
 crown and wide brim. Some fashion historians believe this so-stylish hat was named after Madame Bergeret, who is holding a shepherdess-style hat in a portrait painted by Francois Bouçher (this beautiful oil on canvas is part of the collection in the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.)


Enjoy!

Friday, August 20, 2021

17th century Wooden Pandora Doll Reproduction .....SOLD

 

                           

I am pleased to introduce you this lovely wooden doll inspired by an English fashionable doll from the late 17th century.  She is dressed head-to-toe in historical clothing!  There are just a few survivors of these types of dolls, particularly this one, which would have been carved by an exceptional craftsman of that era.  And here pops two big questions: Where these Pandora dolls were made and what was their function, why were they dressed in such luxurious garments, and showing the latest trends in fashion ?

Just if you missed the Salon, these were two of the interesting subjects we talked about in the Salon Series: "Queens of Fashion", hosted by the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, Canada.

To answer the first question, for most of these dolls there is not an exact place where they were made, but there are historical researches and published articles about the origin of the first fashion dolls, they were made in France, specifically in Paris, as many fashion historians call it  " the cradle of the fashion industry of the 18th century" 

About the second question, these little dolls that travelled miles and miles across Europe, had one purpose: Advertise the new creations of all the fashion makers,  not only of the dressmakers, but cloth merchants, jewelers, shoemakers, wigmakers, you name it! 

I think it was the most ingenious and lucrative idea of the French makers, not only boost their sales locally, their business had such a demand all across Europe that made them the Emporium of the 18th century fashion, inevitable to elude by the French and British courts and anyone related to the aristocracy! 

This reproduction is my interpretation of a wooden Pandora doll from the late 17th century, one of my favorite dolls to reproduce!

She is 16 inches tall. I made her clothing and accessories with early materials and textiles, some of them dating back to the mid 19Th century.

As always, 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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       Here is a photo of her clothing and accessories that I custom made for her. 


                           

 The shift or chemise plays an essential role because not only does it protect her clothing from the body moisture, but also will protect her from the roughness of some fabrics.

Silk ribbons are tied tightly around her legs, just above the knees, to hold up her cotton stockings.

                           

            The dickey petticoat is the second layer of skirt, worn for warmth and modesty.

Her stays are made of a late 19th century silk brocade in a lovely cranberry red color.


                                 

                      

                             



Cloth pockets: early Ottoman embroidery with silk and metallic threads.
The bum-roll(revival style), which was an indispensable woman's undergarment during the Tudor period, will make the hips look wider.






She is also wearing another layer of petticoat or underskirt made of cotton, it has pocket- slits  as well, so she can reach to her secret pockets!




The caraco jacket is worn over a skirt, made of a beautiful printed cotton fabric from the Victorian Era. Lace frills are tacked to the end of the sleeves and they are detachable.


Her chatelaine is holding essential tools for her sewing chores. A miniature antique scissors and a folding sewing case hang from two gold filled chains on the chatelaine.





Her necklace is made from red glass seed beads dating back to the Victorian Era.












And last but not least are her high-heel shoes, they are inspired  on a original pair of shoes made in Britain probably dating back to the 1750's. Her shoes are made of the same brocade fabric as the stays and they are adorned with a pair of antique miniature paste shoe buckles.
Delightful!


Friday, May 14, 2021

YOU ARE INVITED!

 Dear friends:

 I've been honored by the BATA SHOE MUSEUM to create a doll for an upcoming Fall Exhibition. To be one of the first to see this doll,  I invite you to sign up for the SALON SERIES IX on Wednesday May 19th 2021 @ 7pm EST.  I also will have a live chat with Elizabeth Semmelhack- Creative Director & Senior Curator of the museum. 

RSVP here!

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Georgian Era Queen Anne Style Doll....SOLD

 

                               


She's been waiting for me patiently for the past weeks to have her clothing finished. All done today!  I am very pleased how it came out. This 17" doll is beautiful , her eyes would speak to your heart!  I always love to pick my dollies names, for now on I'll let it up to the new mom.  If you are interested in purchasing her, please contact me at:

soniakrausedolls@gmail.com


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Her entire body is made of wood, except for her cloth upper arms.  She has beautiful antique glass eyes, her wig is an antique mohair in a lovely carrot red color.
Since the very beginning I envisioned her wearing a delicate day cap that will go along with the light textures of the cottons and chintz fabrics I chose to make her dress. So, after looking at some hair styles of that era, I got inspired and made a simple but very stylish French twist.



Here she is wearing her shift ( or chemise as it was later called).


Underpetticoats were also known as "dickey petticoats"


Stockings and Embroidered silk garters in the 18th century style.

I made a teeny-tiny needle to lace her stays.

Stays: Example of 19th century silk damask textile in a lovely green color. It's decorated with a panel of metallic embroidery in gold threads, probably Turkish, ca. late 19th century.



Wooden busk: Engraved with floral and geometric motifs.


I made her cloth pockets of a lovely Victorian quilt fragment.


She is wearing a bum-roll in the 18th century fashion (revival style)


Skirt: glazed cotton chintz, ca. 1920's.  Lovely chocolate background, it still retains its glaze after almost 100 years!


Her skirt has secret pocket-slits, so she can reach to her secret cloth pockets . She is also wearing a cotton batiste fichu, from the Victorian era.





She is wearing an English gown also known  Robe à l’Anglaise.  It closes in the front with hooks and eyes and is open over the skirt.



Apron: Whitework embroidery on cotton batiste.




Day cap: Also known as "pinner cap". It's made of the same fabric as the fichu





Her muff is dainty! It is padded and covered with  a lovely brocade fabric.





And her high-heel shoes in the 18th century style finishes the look.