|Alice in Wonderland doll and book set|
This dress, however, is tagged, as I found to my great joy, and it's not an easy one to find. This is the taffeta Alice in Wonderland dress used on the 17 inch composition Margaret of 1946 and some of the hard plastic Maggies in 1950 and 51. Still rare but more commonly seen is the 14 inch hard plastic Margaret wearing a blue dress with white piping trim and ruffled sleeves. The dress was originally light blue but has faded to lavender so evenly it's hard to tell that wasn't the original color. Amazingly, the very same night I got online to see if I could find a doll to match the dress and within just a few hours of arriving home I'd ordered and paid for her! This is just one of those dolls who are fated!
|The doll before restoration|
|The wig was ruined.|
|She had a nick in her eyelid paint.|
|The tagged dress.|
|There is a faint spot.|
I found a beautifully-sewn pinafore in the bag of clothing. It definitely isn't the Madame Alexander organdy pinafore original to the dress and I think it's almost too well made to be a factory piece. I wonder if the organdy pinafore fell apart and the mother made this one to replace it. I had to move the hidden button closure over to tighten the waist, however, so perhaps it was meant for another doll. It's the perfect length and style for Alice, though!
|The socks have some holes.|
The Margaret doll came wearing Mommy-made pantaloons and an eyelet slip, so I kept those on her. I added vintage rayon socks and black shoes, and of course the "Alice band" ribbon headband. All together she's a really lovely classic Alice, instantly recognizable I think, even without her Disney blue dress and blond hair.
|The doll with new wig and paint.|
|She has some paint rubs, especially in her joints.|
It was clear upon inspection that Margaret had a restoration at some point in the past. Parts of this were skillfully done. There is a nearly invisible repair inside the hip socket. I can see the restorer painted over scraping in the joints but it has started to scrape again. You probably remember my position on this issue as stated in my last post. I just don't see the point in painting something that's just going to scrape all up again. I did give Margaret new stringing. Her knee blush was present but her hand blush and her lower arms in general were faded from sunlight so I blushed those. I refreshed her cheek blush and painted the nick in her eyelid.
|Previously painted rubs.|
|The Alexander mark|
|I refreshed the cheek paint.|
|I painted the nick in her eyelid and gave her a hair net.|
|The "Alice band"|
|I blushed the hands.|
It so happens I've been planning a book and doll Alice in Wonderland set. I was going to use a Kimberly doll, but when I found the already made dress I listed Kimberly in her original 1980s Hang Ten clothes. I had finished the Alice accessories already, though: a box with a little cake inside that says "Eat Me" and a little bottle marked "Drink Me". These were cosmetic jars and when they were empty I cleaned them and scrubbed the lettering off them and painted the words on with oil paint. The cake is a puzzle eraser. I think this set is just too cute. I had a wonderful time taking the photos!
|I wonder what this will do?|
|If the drink made me large, will the cake make me small?|
If only it worked that way in real life! (Author's note)
|What an interesting story!|
Everything about this house is just so frustrating. I feel like for every step forward I take I go back ten. Moles dug up my beautiful stone garden path, which I guess is just as well since I can't get anything to grow over there anyway. We still don't have a dishwasher, since everything I want in the kitchen is, for one reason or another, apparently impossible. Now the old dishwasher, which has water trapped in the pipe, is starting to stink and I don't know how to remove a dishwasher so I can take it to the dump. I have asked for help in this area but my pleas fell on deaf ears. So, now my sister is coming to visit and my house stinks... just a crummy week for the most part! I hope next week will be better. You can find this doll and many more in my store, so please check: http://stores.ebay.com/atelier-mandaline.
Have a very happy Halloween!