Copycat Creations…

When I was a little girl, probably around 8 to 12 years old, I used to love going over to my Aunt’s house… she had 2 things I liked… a Pfaff sewing machine and Montgomery Ward catalogs. Even at that early age, I loved looking at the catalogs and would get lots of ideas and then duplicate them as closely as I could. It was fun for me and by 10 years old I was in 4-H and off and running with my sewing. Her Pfaff probably got a few extra hundred miles of wear because of me! I made many a Barbie outfit over there and still have some of them that I’ll share in a later post.

When I started making doll clothing to sell, I turned to the catalogs and smaller fashion magazines again for inspiration. I have quite a few old Sears and Montgomery Ward catalogs in the 1940’s range, some 1904 and 1905 McCall’s Fashion Magazines, a few 1970’s pattern books and some very old 1894 and 1896 Delineator Women’s catalogs filled with more ideas than I could use in a lifetime.

Here are just a few of my copycat creations…








Look at this price…. $2.98!!




Hope you enjoyed this short trip down memory lane…
See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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  1. Linda Doyle says:

    Jeanne, the more you write, the more alike we seem to be! I too, used to pour over the Montgomery and Sears catalogs and made doll clothes on my mother’s Kenmore! Those outfits are adorable, and right up my alley, since I have Molly! I also was in 4-H and entered many of my creations in our county fair.
    Are those dresses currently for sale, or are they long gone?

    • Linda,
      It does seem like we have similar dolly backgrounds! It’s fun to think that there was someone else like me enjoying the magazines…
      Molly’s dresses are long gone… they were ones I made a few years ago. I have had my eye on getting another Molly though, just as I did my Kirsten… old habits die hard I guess…
      Those girls just pull at my heart strings…
      Thanks Linda,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  2. You were and are such a clever seamstress….these dresses are wonderful copies and you must have had so much fun seeing the pages of catalogs come to life.

  3. Jeanne, love your dresses, if I had collected AG dolls, Molly would have been the one. She is of “my era” and some of her accessories I recognized! Love the clothes you made for her. I used to copy clothes from catalogs, but only for my own wear.

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