Styles for Dolls and a toy elephant (Victorian Toys – 1892)

Styles for Dolls and a toy elephant (Victorian Toys – 1892)

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This entry is part 12 of 19 in the series The Delineator - January 1892

Here are some instructions and advertisements for patterns so that the Victorian mother in 1892 could make fashionable doll clothing and a toy elephant for her little ones. It suggests using leftover scraps from sewing the girl’s and mother’s dresses, to make doll clothes out of. In particular, Surah, China Silk, and cashmere are recommended materials for doll clothes, since they’re pretty and durable.

These include tips for making:

  • a dress with a guimpe (for dolls 12-24 inches tall) – perfect for making social calls with Mother
  • a doll’s toilette with a dress and tam-o-shanter cap
  • a girl’s doll’s night gown (consisting of a skirt, drawers, and underwaist, so she is appropriately attired for bed time)
  • dress and guimpe, perfect for receiving guests in
  • … and ideas to make a toy elephant with a blanket.

It ends with notes on New Years winter fashions.

Series Navigation<< Illustrated Miscellany: 1892 Hat Fashions, Victorian Embroidery, Dressmaking at Home, and other household crafts1890s Children’s Fashions – styles for boys and girls >>

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Jessica Kay Murray

Professional WordPress nerd. Lover of all things older than me. I am fascinated by early 1900s labor and feminist history, and have a sporadic addiction to reading nonfiction about those things on Archive.org. I scan old photographs and ephemera when I get really super bored. On Etsy I sell vintage clothing that I got as part of an interesting trade deal a few years ago.

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