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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio Press,U.S. (1 Jun. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 094262047X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0942620474
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 21.4 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,726,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rosemarie Ionker's elegant doll clothing, long the attire of choice for many famous doll-makers, is now available for the first time in pattern form. The distinguished designer, whose finished doll clothing is available from her company, Petite Creations, shares her techniques for creating an entire wardrobe of dresses, pinafores, coats and underclothing from just a few basic patterns. The patterns are adjustable for dolls of four sizes, ranging from 111/2 to 20 inches. Dolls by well-known artists Helen Kish and Diana Effner model the completed outfits in stunning color photography, which includes detail shots of the embroidery and smocking that distinguishes Ionker's designs.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Teddy on 17 Feb. 2004
Format: Paperback
I was delighted with my copy of this book. It has patterns for a wardrobe of pretty clothes for four different sizes of child-dolls. There are tips and suggestions for appropriate fabrics and trims, instructions for fitting the patterns to different sized dolls and it is clear and beautifully illustrated throughout.
This book is well worth the price and provides and excellent resource for the keen doll-dresser, though it is more aimed at those with a bit of sewing experience than absolute beginners.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Teddy on 3 Nov. 2005
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A delightful book of patterns, fabric & trim suggestions, and tips for making wardrobes of clothes for four sizes of child doll (11, 14, 16 and 18 inches), with tips for adapting the patterns for in-between sizes of doll.
Although not for complete beginners (the sewing instructions are minimal, as a pre-existing level of sewing knowledge is assumed) it nevertheless provides a wealth of patterns and ideas for the doll-dressing enthusiast.
My one, small, complaint about the book would be that a few of the pattern pieces are mis-labelled in minor ways ("centre back" where it should be "centre front", front-opening bodice and back-opening bodice pieces with lbels swapped etc) but it's fairly easy to sort out the errors by looking at all the pieces before deciding which ones you need for a project.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ann on 22 Dec. 2010
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A beautiful book, full of very pretty doll clothes in four different sizes. The full size patterns and the ideas are great. Worth buying just to look at if you sew for dolls!
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I bought this book because I already have another book by the same author,you get a wide variety of clothes in a few different sizes. I think you would have to know basic garment construction as she doesn't give much instruction but for anyone who sews it's a brilliant book.
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A Trouseau of Doll Clothes 24 Nov. 2004
By Tracy Robert - Published on Amazon.com
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The author, Rosemarie Ionker, is well established in the doll world with her doll clothing company "Petite Creations". Her company offers the highest quality doll clothing line available, so she speaks with the voice of experience. But, Ionker herself confesses in the text of this book that her designs are not for beginning seamstresses. They are presented for those who aspire to the level of detail, design and professionalism found in the garments offered by her company.

The patterns in this book are for 4 specific dolls. The 20 inch doll and the 11 1/2 inch doll are Marley and (original)Bethany by Kish and Company, for whom Ionker regularly designs. The 18 inch doll and 14 inch doll are porcelain dolls by Diana Effner. These dolls are featured on the cover of the book are referred to throughout the text. There is no reference to these patterns being generic, and little reference for adapting them for other dolls. Of course, they can be used for other dolls. The doll measurements are given so you know if your doll is of a similar size, but the seamstress of these garments will have to determine if the patterns need to be adjusted and how to do that.

In this book, Ionker offers patterns for coordinated "wardrobes" or "trousseus" for dolls. The basic pieces for each doll include a coat, dresses, and undergarments. She suggests usage for color themes and fabric choices, and instructs on the use of trim. She offers sewing tips and pattern notes. There is a page identifying each pattern piece in a one page layout. The reader can then find the pattern pieces in the correct size by going to the chapter for each doll.

I would not recommend this book for modern 18 inch dolls. It is more tailored for artist quality vinyl dolls and porcelain dolls. The patterns are for clothing items now considered old-fashioned for today's children and are not pieces for modern wardrobes. These are lovely designs, though, for fans of Petite Creations. Smocking and embroidery make the photo section of this book eye candy for the adult doll collector. Whatever challenges this book may hold for the less experienced seamstress, it more than makes up for in inspiration.
30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Not for beginners 12 Dec. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book offers beautifully designed doll clothing patterns and advice about sewing for dolls in general. However, it is not for beginners as it gives a minimum of construction information. It would have been nice if the smocking designs had been included, but they are not.All in all, it is a beautiful book that will stimulate your imagination to sew for your dolls. It does offer patterns in several useful sizes so that you can make a complete wardrobe for several of your dolls.
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Great patterns and easy to sew! 24 May 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I wanted to make doll clothes for my granddaughter's various dolls and this book has been wonderful! It has patterns for 11 1/2 inch, 14 inch, 18 inch, and 20 inch dolls. They include a coat, panties, dresses, pinafores, blouses, bloomers, jumpers, collar variations, sleeve variations and embroidery/embellishment suggestions.
I simply copied the patterns and cut them out, chose some fabrics I had at hand and started sewing. Basic sewing skills are all that are needed to enjoy making these little clothes; 1/4 inch seams are allowed. If you don't have a machine, they could easily be done by hand as they are small.
A few bits of ribbon and lace, some recycled clothing for fabrics and your dolls can have a complete new wardrobe!
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A Closetful of Doll Clothes 25 Feb. 2005
By Jan Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Rosemarie Ionker very rightly describes her designs as not for beginning seamstresses. Some of the directions are confusing, and it can be daunting finding the right pattern pieces. The styles make up beautifully, though.

I wouldn't recommend them for most modern dolls..without making up paper towel or muslin "shams" first. The 14" clothes vary in size/fit. Some items fit both my antique Schoenhut and the Tonner Betsy McCall (14" patterns) Some don't, usually being too large.

However! The illustrations and ideas alone are worth the price of the book. I just wish the embroidery patterns were available as transfers! And it's an excellent resource for the experienced doll costumer. I'm glad I bought it!!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Adorable 10 Jan. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Adorable outfits with pin tucks, smocking, & even hand embroidered details. Because Dolls' dressmaker doesn't have those things, I recommend this book in addition to The Dolls' Dressmaker. Now my life is complete! (or at least my collection of doll patterns is!).
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