I have loved dolls, history, and the Victorian Era since I was little and can credit my grandmother for that. As a young girl she gave me a Godey’s Fashion print for August 1870 from my great, great Aunt Flossie. I was captivated by the dresses and became hooked. I just love to research everything and anything about the Victorian Era. I also love to design Victorian dolls. I hope you enjoy my Victorian Dolls, Victorian Traditions,The Victorian Era, and Me blog.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Swing Sweetly Annabelle Patterns and Handmade Colonial Doll

"Blue Bell Sara" and her sorority sister "Swing Sweetly Annabelle" are two of the newest dolls from my new "The Long Sleek Sitting Doll Series!"

Both are elegantly attired and ready for their afternoon walk.

"Blue Bell Sara" is wearing the finest in Victorian afternoon attire and is an elegant faceless Victorian doll who went prematurely gray. "Swing Sweetly Sara", on the other hand, is wearing her best Colonial attire for an afternoon stroll and has a beautifully embroidered and water colored face as well as a full head of burgundy colored hair.

Both dolls belong to the "Only Elegance Alpha Phi E" sorority as did both their mothers and several of their grandmothers before them. So, they really had no choice in the matter as it was wholly expected of them that they would join.

So, join they did and both are reporting that they are so happy to be part of such a wonderful and elegant sorority. Neither, in accordance with their sorority rules, will tell you what they've been up to though. It's a secret and only discussed amongst sorority members! The only thing they will say is that they have an upcoming event, which everyone will surely enjoy, but which they can't and won't talk about.

"Swing Sweetly Annabelle" is a 26" Colonial cloth doll with an embroidered face. Her face is outline embroidered and her brown eyes are completely embroidered. Her eyelids are embroidered with a light taupe floss. Her eyebrows and eyelashes are embroidered and her cheeks are blushed and rosy. Her lips are outlined with black and embroidered with coral floss. She has a long sleek body, long sleek arms, and long sleek legs with black cross tied boots.

Her bloomers with gathered lace trim along the bottom hem edge are gathered at the waist and ankles. Her slip has gathered eyelet lace trim along the bottom hem edge and is gathered at the waist.

"Swing Sweetly Annabelle" is wearing a coordinated ensemble. Her sleeves are two-sectional and consist of faced cuffs and a large puffy sleeve gathered at the shoulder. They are gathered at the wrists as well. Her pleated in the front dress has gathered eyelet lace trim and straight lace trim along the bottom hem edge. It is gathered at the neck edge and adorned with lace trim.

A lined waistband is wrapped tightly around her tiny waist and adorned with a fabric scrunch of coordinating fabric. Her coordinated and lined vest is lace trimmed around the edges and tied in the front with two DMC embroidery bows.

"Swing Sweetly Annabelle" has a full head of brown colored curly hair that is barely controlled under her lined and coordinated bonnet with a very large brim. Ribbon and lace trim adorns the bonnet band and multi-colored and coordinating yo-yo's adorned the very top of her bonnet. Her bonnet ties are wrapped around her neck and tight in a large bow to the right of her head.

An old handkerchief is wrapped around her shoulders and around her arms for a shawl.

Unlike "Blue Bell Sara", "Swing Sweetly Anabelle" doesn't want to be president of the "Only Elegance Alpha Phi E" sorority. She leaves that up to "Blue Bell Sara" as she knows that "Blue Bell Sara" would be good at that.

However, she prefers to sit and enjoy her afternoon tea and a good book. Drinking a wonderful cup of tea while reading a good book and swinging on the sorority house porch swing on a beautiful sunny day. Well, it just doesn't get much better than that for "Swing Sweetly Annabelle." Care to swing with me?

Designer - Linda Walsh of Linda Walsh Originals

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