I have a few dolls. Both old and new. But I am much more interested in their clothes.
I like collecting the smaller costumes. Especially in white. And the older, the better.
I recently came across a box of tiny vintage spools of thread, which charms me to no end too.
I keep most everything tucked away out of sight in a tiny vintage trunk. I share with the littler girls on occasion, but they know the little suitcase is only for me.
Small vintage doll clothes are not that easy to collect, but are loads of fun to find. They often look like nothing but a scrap at the bottom of a dirty box, or crammed with other unappealing things in plastic bags. I have been known to buy some pretty ratty dolls just for what they were wearing. And I always have my eyes peeled for something overlooked in the bottom of a wicker basket at a flea market.
Clothes are expensive to buy from doll vendors. Mine all come from other sources. Often for pennies. Here are a few bits from my still small collection.
Both manufactured and hand made, the joy is in the details. I love old fabrics and tiny buttons.
This old vest is darling in front, but I especially like the back side which is detailed further below. . . .
Hand sewn feather stitching and crocheted details at the neck of this dolly slip.
Too fragile to treat as merely a plaything for a child any longer.
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