Her name is French and Latin in origin and means "Beloved". She is one of my latest Pandora Dolls I have made. Aimée is my representation of a young Lady born in Britain in the mid-18th century. She is finely carved from basswood, fully jointed and she has antique glass eyes. I carefully gave to the painting a wonderful age-related patina. All of her clothing and accessories are made with early materials and textiles, they are removable. 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 entire haute-couture fashions and accessories
Serene and enchanting!
Finely carved 18" 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.
The shift, dickey petticoat, stockings and bonnet are made of textiles from the Victorian Era.
Dainty antique French silk ombre ribbons are tied tightly around her legs, just below 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's.
In the 18th century stays were commonly laced at the back or laced at the front and back. Aimée's stays are made of a beautiful 19th century brocade textile, and these have front and back lacing. I made a teeny-tiny needle to lace her stays.
Her cloth pockets and apron are a matching set, I used the same yellow silk fabric to make her double-cloth pockets and I decorated them with silk ribbon-work that features the tiniest chenille rosettes you have ever seen, French, dating from around 1880's.
The bum roll makes a great understructure to achieve the fashionable 18th century silhouette.
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 textile dating from the Civil War era.
Skirt: French silk, 19th c.
The robe à l'anglaise will only reveal the front part of the skirt.
She is wearing a historical dress: The robe à l'anglaise. It was the fashion dress of the late 18th century. The most distinguished aspect of this dress style is the meticulous fit of the bodice back. It has a front closure bodice, the pleats are sewn into the skirt, it is open in the front to reveal a matching or contrasting petticoat. This beautiful textile dates from mid-19th century or earlier.
I LOVE early embroideries! and this for sure is one of my favorites. The elaborate brightly-colored embroidery onto the golden-yellow silk taffeta is accentuated with silver metallic threads. Aimée loves her apron!
I made her chatelaine with the essential tools for her sewing chores: it has a pinball and a pair of antique miniature scissors. Super cute!
Entirely hand made with early textile and accessories.
And her shoes finish the look! Her silk shoes are embellished with silver metallic trim that dates from the late 18th century.