Thursday, October 6, 2022

Anna Maria and her Round Gown: a popular dress in the 18th century fashion history.......SOLD



There were many types of dresses in the 18th century. The Robe a la Francaise, the Robe à la Polonaise and the Robe à l'Anglaise are just some examples of the most popular and historical dresses of that era. Because of their sumptuousness these fashionable dresses were worn in more formal occasions.

Anna Maria is wearing a Round Gown, a dress style that become very popular in the late 18th century (1770's -1790's) Although it was considered a day dress, it was also worn for some formal occasions. I have posted several photos for you to see step-by-step how I have dressed her and all the details of this doll.  

If you are interested in purchasing her, please contact me at:  soniakrausedolls@gmail.com


SOLD



12" wooden pandora doll. Her entire body is made of wood, except for her cloth upper arms.  She has beautiful antique glass eyes; her wig is made of antique mohair in a lovely dark brown color.



Anna Maria's haute-couture fashions and accessories


In the 18th century the shift served two purposes: it was worn as an underwear and a nightgown. Anna Maria is wearing a cotton shift, knee-length, it will protect her clothing from the body moisture and also from the roughness of some elaborate textiles, especially the ones made with metallic threads.

Dainty antique French silk ribbons are tied around her legs, just above the knees, to hold up her cotton stockings. This beautiful diminutive silk ribbon was made for AU BON MARCHE Department Store in Paris, France around 1890.


In the 18th century stays were commonly laced at the back or laced at the front and back. My doll's stays are made of a beautiful Victorian blue striped silk, and these are front and back lacing.



The bum roll makes a great understructure to achieve the fashionable 18th century silhouette









Cloth pocket: 19th century French silk embroidery


The dress has a front closure bodice, the back of the bodice is sewn to the back portion of the skirt.  A feature that distinguished it from its predecessors is that the skirt front is a drop panel sewn to two tapes which ties around the waist (like an apron). 





Her gown is made of a 19th century French block printed textile, lovely floral pattern in small scale. 




Apron:  19th century Ottoman embroidery with metallic and silk threads.









Her muff and shoes are a matching set, and they are decorated with silk ribbon work that features the tiniest chenille rosettes you have ever seen, French, dating from around 1880.




Friday, September 9, 2022

Saturday, September 3, 2022

"This lovely Georgian is waiting for her historical clothing" .....SOLD

 



I just finished this pandora doll. It's a wonderful opportunity if you are wishing to sew their historical clothing. This finely carved - 17.5 inches pandora doll will come to you wearing her first undergarment, a cotton shift. If you are interested in purchasing her, please email your inquiry to:

soniakrausedolls@gmail.com

SOLD


Friday, August 19, 2022

" Maggie " 11 in. Wooden Pandora Doll....SOLD

 


Maggie is my representation of a very young girl, maybe in her teens, born in Britain in the late 18th century. She is finely carved from basswood; she has antique glass eyes and a beautiful ebony-black complexion. I carefully gave to the painting a wonderful age-related patina. All her clothing and accessories are made with early materials and textiles, they are removable. 

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

soniakrausedolls@gmail.com

SOLD


Here is a photo of her entire wardrobe, handmade and historically accurate. 


Her shift is super cute!  Made from a Victorian cotton lawn and trimmed at the hem with a teeny-tiny lace.


From her beautiful curly hair to her tiny feet, Maggie is dainty and charming! Here she is showing off her quilted petticoat, dating from the Civil War era.



She is delighted with her double cloth pockets; the quilted cotton textile is block printed and dates from around the 1880's.


This American floral printed calico, made in the early 20th century has character, it's faded, worn and has a really soft texture, perfectly natural distressed look for my doll's dress!
Two-piece dress, the bodice closes in front with hooks & eyes, and it's fully lined.


Winter months are approaching, and Maggie is ready to welcome it!  Her muff will keep her hands toasty and cozy, it's her favorite winter accessory.





And her silk embroidered slippers finish the look!

Sunday, July 31, 2022

" Mariella " 17 in. Wooden Pandora Doll ......SOLD

 Dear friends,

Tonight, I am posting photos of my latest wooden hand-carved doll. She's the first one that I am offering for sale to the public, the past months I've been working on a special commission, carving, restoring and making historical clothing. It's been a wonderful experience, a pleasure and such an inspiration. 

To all of you: THANK YOU!!! for your emails and your patience!

Sincerely,

Sonia


Serene and enchanting!
Finely carved 17" wooden pandora doll. Her entire body is made of wood, except for her cloth upper arms.  She has beautiful antique glass eyes; her wig is made of antique mohair in a lovely dark brown color. I carefully gave to Mariella a wonderful age-related patina. She represents a British young lady from the mid 18th century. 

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

soniakrausedolls@gmail.com


SOLD





Here is a photo of her entire wardrobe. All her clothing and accessories are beautifully detailed, made with early materials and textiles, they are removable. She comes with an extensive wardrobe, hand-made and historically accurate. 
I am always pleased to share photos with you (I never get tired to photograph my dolls) so I can show you step-by step how 
I have dressed her and all the details of this doll. Enjoy! 


The shift is considered the most basic garment of the 18th century woman's wardrobe. It 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 elaborate textiles, some of them were composed entirely of metal threads.


Her silk/cotton stockings have the loveliest pale blue color. These were repurposed from a pair made in France, around 1920's. Dainty antique French silk/satin ribbons are tied tightly around her legs, just below the knees to hold up the stockings.


Dickey petticoat: It is Summer! but she is still wearing a second layer of skirt for modesty.



Stays:  I was fortunate to find this beautiful silk textile to make her stays. It was the backing of a 18th century garment.
I made a teeny-tiny needle to lace her stays.



Her shift, dickey petticoat and these false rumps are made of antique cotton fabrics. They were usually stuffed with cork, feathers, cotton wool, horsehair. Most of them have attached a cotton or linen panel to protect her from the roughness of these materials, so clever!


I love historical accessories that were used for women for her sewing chores, most of them are made of beautiful early textiles. All hand sewn!
Mariella is delighted with her double cloth pockets, made of a lovely 1880's quilted cotton textile.


Fichu: French lace from the Victorian Era.


Quilted petticoat: My doll 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! Beautiful 19th c. French early example of hand block printed textile.




She is wearing an historical dress: The Robe a la Francaise or also known as a Sack-Back Gown. It was the fashion dress of the entire 18th century, but became more popular during the years of 1760' to 1770's. It features a beautiful, pleated back panel.  Her dress is made of a beautiful 19th c. Spitalfields silk satin brocade textile.







I made her chatelaine with the essential tools for her sewing chores: it has a pinball, a roll up sewing housewife and a pair of antique miniature scissors. Super cute!
Entirely hand made with early textiles and accessories.



And her shoes finish the look! This beautiful Ottoman embroidery depicts tiny pineapples, pomegranates and delicate floral sprays.