Tiny and Wispy

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I love tiny dolls. I love dolls with wispy, painted hair. This one has it all.  She stands 3 1/4″ (8.5 cm) tall. I don’t know where or when she was made. The dealer said that she was definitely antique…

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She is beautiful. She has blue, painted eyes with red lines highlighting her eyelid crease and single stroke brows. Her pale pink lips are accented with a red center line. Since her head, from chin to crown, is only 9/16″ (1.5 cm) high; I find the detail of her painting amazing.

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Her head and shoulder plate are one piece bisque, not China. But her black hair and her molded arms and legs appear glazed. Her tan, glazed-cotton body is in good shape, but her arms and legs are worn and fragile.

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Proportionally, her torso is long and her legs are short.  Her only mark is a 8 or curly E on the back of her shoulder plate.

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I made her outfit, starting with pantaloons and a slip.

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The inspiration for her dress was from this 20″, 1870’s China.  The China doll was the first antique doll I bought.

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I chose these oversized, 1/4″ mother-of-pearl buttons because most antique dresses on tiny dolls had big buttons. I’ve never seen truly tiny buttons on an antique doll. She just had to have a BLUE ribbon.

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The waists of her cotton slip and dress were gathered with minuscule, cartridge pleats. I finished the sleeves before sewing them into the arm holes.

This is day 2 of summer vacation and I’ve written this post with only minor interruptions and hug breaks from Supergirl. Whew! Better quit while I’m ahead.


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