|Meet Jolly Jane and Polly from Polynesia|
Remember Katy Curls? That sweet little red head with all her fancy autumn play clothes? May I introduce to you Jolly Jane. She is another Frances Tipton Hunter paper doll I'm bringing to life. She debuted in 1923 in the Woman's Home Companion. Just like Katy, her outfits (only two this time), could be made by sending 10 cents or 16 cents into the publisher for patterns.
|Polly likes sugar cubes.|
|Frances Tipton Hunter Paper Doll, 1923|
|Jolly Jane's Combination|
My friend Betsy had given me the book The Dolls Dressmaker, by Venus A Dodge, and I recalled that there was a combination pattern within. I knew I'd have to make adjustments in the body length and crotch, but I ended up creating my own pattern after all since her combination was sewn up with a seam in front and one in the back. However, by beginning with the book's pattern, I was able to get a basic design started. As it turned out, the pattern for Jolly Jane's combination is all one piece - rather in the style of a Mary Frances pattern. Same era. I also had to widen the pattern for the blouson effect and the gathers at the neckline. The combination also has a little button belt in the back to cinch the waistline.
|A smart little belted back.|
During this time, I contacted my good friend Patty Kascsak to needle felt me Jolly Jane's macaw, Polly from Polynesia. Patty must have the patience of a saint since she made three before we got the perfect sized Polly for Jolly Jane. This lady is simply an incredible artist, a true sweetheart, and I love her work. Since I wanted to debut Jolly Jane with her parrot, there would be a waiting period while Patty worked with her needles and wool. This was when I decided to make an outfit for Jolly Jane.
|Her Play-time dress.|
I began with a short sleeved blouse with a turned up cuff in the only celery green fabric I had. This was some of that lovely Kaufman's Cotton Silk that I had among my ever growing fabric stash. While I might have preferred a plain cotton batiste, finding one in exactly this color was not going to happen. And, I also seemed set on using this luscious, olive cotton velveteen for the jumper. So we have a very fancy, if not elegant, little play-time dress for Jolly Jane. Both pieces were not too difficult to design, although I did fret a bit that the blouse might be too shiny.
|Cross-stitches, but not cross faces.|
The dress is completely hand sewn from a light yellow cotton. She also wears little yellow socks and black Mary Jane's like her mommy's. Just when I thought the cross-stitching was over, I noticed that Dolly's dress had green cross-stitching on the edges! Trying to determine a proper size stitch that would show up, but not overwhelm took a couple of efforts. I also discovered that using one thread instead of two works better on tiny dresses. I'll probably never have to do this again, but it was valuable experience.
|Jolly Jane's Dolly and Polly|
|Even dolly gets cross-stitches.|
Enjoy this little cutie and I hope you'll look forward to her next little outfit.
Miss E. Mouse
|Close up of Patty's Macaw.|
|Just beautiful work!|
|Jolly Jane is one Little Busybody!|