Monday, February 11, 2013

Dolls! New Project : A Pretty Party Dress for my 1950's Virga Doll

I bought this darling doll from ebay several months ago, and she has only had her birthday suit to wear in all that time. So I thought I would make her an outfit and have chosen style B from Simplicity 2775 which is a reproduction of an old 1950's doll pattern. I will have to make sure it fits her as they do not list the dolls the pattern was made for.

According to the ebay seller and the photos in my Diane Zillner book 'Dolls & accessories of the 1950's' she is a Virga doll, although I can't see any markings on her. Virga dolls were make by Beehler Arts Ltd of New York City. The ebay seller said she has a mohair wig, and I really think it is as it definitely is not synthetic. I believe these dolls were made to get some of the market of the popular Vogue Ginny dolls, although Virga dolls were mostly not as well made. As I do not have a Ginny doll, I can't make a comparison for myself.

This is the pattern I am using, and I am making the yellow dress, style B. I am going to attempt to make the little bag as well.

I bought some soft shell pink taffeta from Tessuti's half price bin to make the dress and I already had the pink tulle. I will delve into my stash of vintage flowers to put on the dress.

This week I would like to thank Northstar62 and Serenata for becoming followers. Read about Peggy Sue, Owen and others on Serenata's blog which is linked to mine; How Many Dolls.

Happy Sewing Everyone!


Serenata said...

Will watch with interest as you make a party dress for this sweet little girl.

Lizzie said...

Thankyou Serenata. I am hoping the tafetta is easy to handle on such a small scale; the doll is only 8 inches tall.

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