Lady Claire is 20" tall. Her entire body is made of wood, except for her cloth upper arms. She bears a resemblance to the antique Pandora dolls, distinguished for the fine painting of the facial features, I am captivated by that eerily beautiful face and her deep black eyes!
Her wig is made of antique mohair in a lovely brunette color.
I custom made her clothing and accessories with early materials and textiles, some of them dating back to the Victorian Era. I have posted several photos for you all to see a step-by-step process of how I have dressed her and all the details of this doll. Enjoy!
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Here is a photo of her entire trousseau.
In the 18th century the very first clothing article women should put on was the shift.
This undergarment played an essential role because not only it protected her clothing from the body moisture, but also would protect her from the roughness of some fabrics.
Dainty antique French ombre graduated-silk ribbons are tied tightly around her legs, just below the knees to hold up her cotton stockings. It was made for the AU BON MARCHE Department Store in Paris, France around 1890's.
Her stays are also laced with this beautiful diminutive silk ribbon.
There is not an established date when women started wearing the tie-on pockets, but it's very true that their use was very popular in the 17th century.
I love historical accessories that were used for women in those centuries. Like the cloth pockets, a very popular accessory for carrying their possessions, most of them were made of beautiful early textiles. All hand sewn!
The photo above shows the antique cotton tape nicely tied around her waist.
Lady Claire is delighted with her double cloth pockets, made of a lovely 1860's brocade textile.
Stays with attached hip pads. It's inspired by a striking pair of stays from the mid 18th century. It's made from an antique silk brocade damask fabric. This type of fabric combines the two techniques that are used to create the brocades and damask fabrics, which makes it so special. Isn't the color beautiful?
This photo shows the spiral back lacing of her stays. It is nicely displayed on a dress form that I used for tailoring my doll's clothing.
Two-piece dress: made from a beautiful printed cotton fabric from the early 1900's. The skirt has pocket-slits so she can reach to her secret cloth pockets.
More accessories added to her trousseau: headdress, fichu and apron are made from an antique French lace dating from the Victorian era. Her necklace and bracelet are made of glass seed-beads from the same era.
I made a chatelaine for Lady Claire, and she loves it! It comes with a pair of antique miniature scissors and an enchanting huswife made from beautiful early textiles, all hand sewn!
And her shoes finish the look! They are made of the same printed cotton fabric as her dress, and a lovely antique silk grosgrain fabric.