I was quite a long way from home earlier in the week getting some footwear for work. After I had done that I walked around the drab little shopping strip that happened to be full of op-shops. There were four all up and I went around to each to see what was on offer. The only find was this little pattern book for dolls using Patons knitting wools. It was sitting on the top of some magazines in full view so I didn't even have to try hard to find it!
I don't recognise any of these dolls, and I would say they are from the 70's as there is a Peasant Outfit for a 24 inch Wendy Walker doll. I did a quick google search for Wendy Walker dolls, but just found a few of them on ebay and couldn't identify them for sure. In my mind, the hat that goes with the Peasant Outfit places this book in the early to mid 70's.
|Peasant Outfit for a 24 inch Wendy Walker is on the right|
|The Patons wools used for these doll fashions|
Don't you love the fashions for these Sindy dolls. Notice how some of the Sindy dolls have eye lashes and some don't.
The book is really useful for identifying the dolls as most of the instructions name the doll the outfits were designed for. These two in the pic below are 16 inch Wendy Walkers, and I wouldn't mind one of these for my dolly collection. I have been ebaying off some quite gorgeous knitting wool that I can't use because of my dodgy back, but I reckon I could just about manage making the little outfit on the left which is knitted in Bluebell wool. Not sure about the crochet part, but I might give it a try. Isn't the bag gorgeous!
There is also this kinda creepy baby toddler doll called Sally-Ann. A lot of people say to me when they know that I collect dolls that the eyes creep them out. Well I rarely have that problem, but this Sally-Ann doll's eyes do creep me out. Pattern 19 in the bottom left pic below is called a sleeping bag.
These two dolls don't have names clearly stated in the pattern design, but when you get a little further down to the doll measurements section, they are described as "Nacho". I had a quick look on google for these dolls, but couldn't find them, so maybe Patons gave the doll that name. I do like the cable and striped jumper and of course the overalls. The dolls have strange squashed faces though.
Finally, for Audra, here is a pic of two Teddies. They state in the instructions that they were purchased from David Wang, whover he was. I think the blue outfit is a Sherlock Holmes outfit, but they just call it Coat, Cap, Boots and Scarf. Patons could have got a bit more imaginative I think and called it a Sherlock Outfit.
My sewing and blogging out-put has been low due to a bit of a bad back episode which has calmed down and general blah about sewing anyway. I am still studying and that takes a bit of time out of my week, but I am determined to sit down and do some work on my owl and fox fleecy dressing gown which has been giving me a bit of grief. I hope to blog about that in the next couple of days.