Thursday, December 13, 2012

Here we are in our clothes

It seems like it's been a really long time, but all dolls take awhile to be made. The heads are pressed cloth. The bodies are muslin stuffed with cotton.   Head, lower arms and  lower legs are painted in oil. Black dolls have dyed lambskin wigs. I learned to make the gathered top dresses, these are my first ones. All dolls have pantyloons, chemises, slips, aprons,  and bonnets. The original Izannah's I went by to make these all had barefeet, so these dolls do too. I think shoes can be found to fit them already made,  as they have big feet, or some can be made. I have not gotten into the shoemaking yet. I will have to say it was a little iffy on getting the pictures, as there was to much sun or to much shade, but I think you can see well enough how the dolls look. I forgot to put in a few smaller ones to show size difference, but the big dolls dwarf all the others, even the 23" dolls. All the dresses are cotton, and the underware is a mix of new and old. All are stained to give appearance of age, but the old pieces do have some natural mends. Two of the bonnets are made of Osnaburg, which makes an excellent strong bonnet. The bonnets on the white dolls are heavy old cotton and are a little big for them, but I used a standard pattern, and of course the black dolls have the extra hair. For me there are no favorites, as each doll has features that I love. I wish for everyone a Wonderful Christmas and an exciting new doll making year.


  1. I thought that two extra large dolls were fun to see on MAIDA! FOUR!!!What a great group of ladies!

  2. Oh Martha they are such beautiful dolls. I love the fabric choices. You must be thrilled with them. Have a happy holiday, Hugs~ Judi

  3. You did a splendid job in sewing all the clothing and I love your fabric choices. The bonnets are beautiful. I have wanted to make a pressed cloth izzie head...but don't know the technique. I hope in the upcoming year to purchase Paula's instructions and make some more Izannah Style dolls.

    You should be very proud of your work.
    I hope you and your family enjoy the holidays
    Merry Christmas!


  4. Martha, They are wonderful. I love their bonnets and all their clothing. You have really been busy, you should be proud of these dollys! It would be hard to pick a favorite. I love the photo of the 4 dolls together. Merry Christmas to you too!

  5. Lovely dolls Martha you out did yourself!!!