Serene and enchanting! Gloria is one of my latest creations. Finely carved 18" wooden pandora doll. Her entire body is made of wood, except for her cloth upper arms.
Hand carved from basswood; she has antique glass eyes. I carefully gave to the painting a wonderful age-related patina. Her wig is made of antique mohair in a lovely dark brown color. All her clothing and accessories are made with early materials and textiles, they are removable.
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.
My doll's dress is made of a cotton chintz fabric, it is open in the front to reveal her beautiful quilted glazed chintz petticoat. These textiles date from around late 19th c.
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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Gloria has an extensive wardrobe and accessories, all hand-made and historically accurate.
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.
Her shift, dickey petticoat and false rumps are made of antique cotton fabrics dating from the Victorian Era. The lace used for the bonnet, fichu and apron are from the same time period as well.
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.
In the 18th century stays were commonly laced at the back or laced at the front and back. Gloria's stays are made of a beautiful early 19th century brocade textile, and these have back lacing. I made a teeny-tiny needle to lace her stays.
Historically inspired, these stays create the unique 18th century silhouette with conical torso and small waist.
French Silk Embroidered double cloth pockets, 1880's ca.
Beautiful quilted glazed chintz petticoat, dating from
late 19th century.
Gloria loves her dress!
She is welcoming her favorite season wearing a lovely floral cotton chintz dress, it is open in the front to reveal her quilted petticoat. These textiles date from late 19th century.
Huswife: it is made entirely with fragments of early textiles and silk ribbon-work that features the tiniest chenille rosettes you have ever seen, French, dating from around 1880's. It comes with an antique miniature stork scissors as well, so cute!
Her shoes are made of the same blue velvet fabric as the huswife and they are adorned with a pair of tiny paste shoe buckles.
Shoe buckles were made from different materials and were very fashionable accessories worn not only by women but men from the 17th c. to the 19th c.