|Katy Curls and Squeezicks, Her Doll|
Dover Publications was one of the first to publish these vintage paper doll collections. As you can see from the copy of an original, many changes were made to the presentation including deletion of text and rearranging of the clothing and toys. But, what a treasure the originals were! You could read all about the clothing and learn the names of the toys. For your enjoyment, please click on the page of the original Katy Curls to enlarge and read it.
Not surprisingly, each outfit was a pattern that could be made for a child. At the bottom of this page reads, "PATTERN No. 4240: Child's Russian Smock Dress and Play Apron (sizes 4, 6, or 8 years), also set of same garments for 12-inch doll. Price 25 cents. Address Pattern Department, care of Woman's Home Companion."
|The Dover Publication|
|The Original From Woman's Home Companion|
|From the Original|
The first thing Katy needed was patterns and fabrics. I spent many months searching for just the right fabrics, and most of July was spent drafting all of her clothing patterns so that I could just make the outfits up one after another without stopping to draft this one or that. Wouldn't it have been fun to find the original Woman's Home Companion patterns?!
|Katy in the Studio|
|Katy, Squeezicks and Puff|
I also spent some of August with the two aprons, but I'll save this creative process for when they've been finished.
|A lot of Hand Sewing|
Before I conclude this posting, I'd like to share some wonderful "finds". While taking a workshop with Alice Leverette this summer, she shared with the class the kind of scissors she uses, as well as the needles she hand sews with. Needles? John James, crewel embroidery size 10. Sharp and tiny points. The scissors? Kai. OMG! I purchased the small embroidery scissors and found them to be so sharp, and they come to the tiniest points for snipping into seams. So I tried the Kai sheers. Life with fabric will never be the same! You can purchase them on Amazon.com Also, I would like to share one of the sites where I purchase my beautiful heirloom laces. EmmaRob Laces. Donna is fabulous to work with, and the laces are gorgeous. If there's something you don't see, call her up and ask. She has a store full of laces not listed on her website. Just sharing some good sources with you!
Oh, and yes. Squeezicks will get her little wardrobe, too. At this stage, I'm still vacillating on the perfect fabric choices for the red sweater and plaid skirt. I've purchased several options, but you never know what you might come across here or there.
Miss E. Mouse
|Notations For Patty|
|Batting the Dangling Yarn|
|EmmaRob Laces, The bottom one was used on her knickers.|