Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Josephine's New Dress

Once upon a time there was a dolly named Josephine. She was born in the 1950's in the well known & very popular Pedigree factory.
Josephine was no ordinary doll - no sitting around just looking pretty for her! She is a walking doll who would happily walk along with her Little Girl, hand in hand, while moving her head from side to side taking in the view & she has very pretty eyes indeed as they also move from side to side in a most flirtatious manner!

Some years later she was given to a new Little Girl called Tracey who looked after her carefully for many years. One day Tracey decided that it was time for Josephine to move on & asked Jayne (who is really just a Little Girl in a Big Girl's body!) if Josephine could come & live with her.
Of course Jayne was delighted to accept & so Josephine waved a fond farewell to Tracey & went home with Jayne.

However, Josephine was a little sad as over the years she had lost her clothing & longed for a new dress. Poor Josephine felt rather cold & exposed with no clothing on!


She did cheer up though when Jayne told her that she had many years design & clothing making experience as well as a large stash of pretty fabrics suitable for dolly dresses & that a new dress would take no time at all to make.

They rummaged through the fabrics - florals & checks & spots - but Josephine really couldn't decide. She whispered to Jayne that her favourite colour was blue & that she really loved puppies.

"Aha!", Jayne exclaimed, "I have just the thing for you!"

Josephine's pretty eyes sparkled "That's just what I want!"

Cath Kidston's Stanley fabric was the perfect choice.




So, out came the tape measure, pins, scissors & trusty sewing machine & with a few snip, snip, snips a new outfit started to take shape.



Firstly, of course, a new pair of panties was in order to cover her modesty....


Jayne also managed to find a supplier of vintage dolly shoes & this bright red pair look rather fetching.....



A pretty co-ordinating ribbon was found for her hair....


Josephine is feeling very happy once again!



Off she goes for a little walk to show off her new dress!

27 comments:

  1. how wonderful the special out fit you made...my mum says her doll from the 50's is the same as that except white- it used to say 'mumma'...but mum said her voice box doesnt work now ;0)

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  2. oh Josephine, you look lovely in your new dress! Enjoy your walk with your lovely new friend jayne xx

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  3. Such a transformation Josephine looks lovely. I love that you managed to find little red shoes for her that seem to fit perfectly :) Sarah

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  4. wow, what a transformation.... she certainly looks more happy now! x

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  5. Oh my goodness, how adorable.
    love
    Alison
    x

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  6. Fantastic, Josephine looks wonderful in her new outfit. Well done Jayne! xx

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  7. I love your dolly story. Josephine's outfit is gorgeous,beautifully made Jayne.She might need a little jacket now it's getting colder though. :0)

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  8. A wonderful transformation Jayne she looks so nice now. Your doll is in good condition, I love the red shoes and the fabric you have used.
    Julie.C

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  9. Oh she's a real cutie, especially with her red shoes.

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  10. How cute does Josephine look. Her new 'Momma' certainly knows how to bring a smile back to her face.

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  11. Ha, ha - lovely story - and fab outfit - I bet Josephine's very happy now! You are clever :)

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  12. Jayne you have put me to shame! Josephine looks beautiful. Thank you.
    Tracey :-)

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  13. Jayne you are so clever, and she is adorable - can I have a dress made in Stanley fabric please?
    Jo xx

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  14. That has to have a great big Ahhhhhhh from me ;-) I loved the way you told the story and showed the pictures and saved the best until last. She looks fantastic i love the dress i would love one myself ;-) And i adore the red ribbon and red shoes such a lovely outfit and a gorg story. Ahh well done, i love happy endings. Dee x

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  15. Josephine looks really pretty in her new dress.
    Julie xxxxxxxxxxxx

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  16. Oh, how lovely. I was given this doll in the mid-fifties and called her Mandy. She had a yellow dress trimmed in red and white shoes.

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  17. Aww, Josephine is adorable, love her dress!! My Sister collected vintage dolls and left them here when she moved out because her boyfriend thinks they're scary, I'm tempted to give them all a makeover now! ha xx

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  18. She looks lovely in her new dress, I think my mum has a doll the same from the 1950s, I must ask her.
    Ann x

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  19. What a lucky girl! The dress, the shoes and especially the read head band! She's adorable!

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  20. Josephine looks just lovely now, what a pretty dress and shoes!

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  21. I also had such a doll, that could walk and speak. She looked like me, red long hair in those days, held by a hair crip. I got her from my beloved godfather at Christmas 1968. And from then on she always wore the same dresses as me. My mum knitted and crocheted my dresses and Trudi had to look like me.
    Josephine looks like my American friend Mary's doll. You made her a lovely dress, Jayne.
    Best wishes, Gertue

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  22. Josephine looks so pretty in her new dress !
    Have a nice weekend,
    Sylvia

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  23. What a glam little lady she looks now, it is amazing how a new outfit can cheer a girl up and Josephine is no exception.

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  24. How absolutely gorgeous! You did a great job on the outfit and she looks just marvelous in it!

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  25. Aww so cute, you've done a great job, Jayne.
    Hen x

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  26. wonderful job and just for such a sweet little thing. She is worth it! Love Helen www.happinesskindled.blogspot.com

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