1950’s Fashion Dolls Coming Attractions (3-3-2017)

I have been busy trying to create what I hope to be interesting doll clothes and learning more about restoring old dolls.  So, this blog post is more about “Coming Attractions” than what is going on today.  I’ve really tried to create quality clothes patterns that people would be interested in reproducing. I’ve cleaned up old dolls and made dozens of patterns that I hope to download to people for free.
My latest challenge  has been that when I turn the pattern into a PDF, the process distorts the pattern just enough that I don’t have confidence in the pattern any more.  However, I will eventually figure out how to get the PDF patterns to work, so just hang in there. I’m hoping to start a You Tube channel too.
At any rate, here is a preview of upcoming patterns and tutorials.


This is a 1950’s Uneeda doll. (Her head is marked.) She is one version of the Suzette doll. (One site calls her Suzette “no neck” because she has almost no neck.)  Her dress is made from a vintage handkerchief. She was one of the two dolls I originally saw at the antique store and were the inspiration for the beginning of Doll and Craft Adventures. I designed this dress and hat and the pattern will be one of the outfits I will be offering the pattern for and making with you. Since then, I found her twin.

The pre-Barbie fashion dolls and teenage dolls were all 10 to 10 1/2 inches tall.


(Above) This Doll is an American Character Toni doll. They were made from 1958 to 1960.  The dress and hat she is wearing was made from a vintage handkerchief.


(Above) This is a Jill doll manufactured by the Vogue Company. She is the teenaged sister of the Ginny doll. (See the picture below to see a Ginny doll.) Jill dolls were made from 1957 to 1960, then 1962 to 1963, and finally in 1965. The early ones are made with hard plastic and are bent knee walkers.

Bent knee–meaning their knees bend so you can have them sit in a chair like a person.
Walker–meaning when you move their legs back and forth, the head moves from side to side.


(Above) Sorry for the aside on Ginny dolls, but they explain who Jill is. They came in bent knee walkers and straight leg walkers. (Very early Ginny dolls did not have walker mechanisms.)


(Above) This doll is marked Horsman and I believe she is a Cindy doll. She is about 10 inches tall. I found her absolutely filthy in a back corner both of an antique show. She cleaned up pretty well I think.


(Above) This is another Uneeda Suzette doll, but she has a more normal neck even though the dress doesn’t show that off well. They were first made in 1957. Of course, I’ll be offering this pattern too.


This doll is my favorite doll because they were the fashion dolls I played with as a child. My mom wouldn’t buy me a Barbie when they came out because she said, “Why would I spend my money on an ugly doll?”  If you look back at the early Barbies, there weren’t really very pretty. And, in case you didn’t know—the early Barbie was a direct rip off of the German Lily doll.  Doubt me? Google German Lily doll and look at the images.

Anyway, I still think the Revlon doll was the prettiest of all the 50’s fashion dolls. But, maybe I’m just partial.

Do you have a favorite?

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