If you’re just joining us, we’re celebrating Black History Month with children’s literature and doll outfits to accompany the book.
This week’s book is actually a series – Addy’s books! When AG was Pleasant Company, the original intent of the books was for kids to learn about history and be able to act those stories out, supported by props available from PC. If I were to list my favorite story series from the historical dolls, Josefina, Kit, Addy and Kirsten tie at the top of my list, and Addy is one of my favorite dolls.
There have been so many dresses for Addy over the years, both pictured in her books and sold by AG/PC it was hard to decide what to showcase. I though the Emancipation Proclamation dress would be a good plan, since it ties in a historical event, but when I asked DH’s opinion he said, “Meh. It’s kind of boring and it’s been done. Why not do something unique?” So I hybridized a dress silhouette from Godey’s with a slightly modified soutache pattern from Arthur’s Home Magazine and came up with something new that I just LOVE. Maybe after reading the series, kids will want to make up their own stories and this dress can inspire them! Many of the accessories from the French Fashion Doll series would be great for Addy’s time too!
Intermediate to advanced sewers will enjoy the challenge of piping, soutache and a lined skirt with a placket. Beginners can make the basic bodice easily and substitute a simple rectangle for the skirt.