Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Doll and clothes

This is the Madame Alexander doll "Santa" brought me in the 50's...a little worn, for all the love I gave her. This blue satin, beaded dress was designed by Mrs. Ruggles after watching Queen Elizabeth's inauguration on TV. Someone must have narrated the color since television was black and white back then. Every bead was hand sewn on gown front and train.

The skate trunk was brimming with gorgeous doll clothes that fit like a glove.
The suit has a straight skirt and an A-line and even a matching hat. This is called an Eisenhower jacket, named after Mamie, President Ike's wife. These 4 pieces are fully lined. The pink gown trimmed in cream lace was a copy of a dress worn by Dinah Shore on The Dinah Shore Chevy Show. "See-eee the USA, in your Chevrolet..." Anyone remember that theme song?
These are hand-painted. Mrs. Ruggles also made identical Christmas aprons for me and Mama to wear.
And what fashionista would be complete without a toreadore outfit and red satin evening gown!

She even whipped up a "fur" stole and muff. The pink-lined opera coat became more of a Little Red Riding Hood outfit in my childlike imagination!
As I rummaged through the clothes I found another Madame Alexander doll from Mama. Only this one was given to each granddaughter on her first Christmas. I'm not sure if it was Kimberly's or Katy's. My daughters will have to settle that themselves! Mom thought MA dolls had beautiful faces. I think hers was the most beautiful! Thank you, Mama, for wonderful memories!


  1. Wow! I want to see these in person the next time I'm there! Those are just amazing. So glad Claire and I have our MA dolls, too! What a sweet tradition.

  2. In a moment of rare sarcasm, John said, "Awww, that's sweeter than sweet tea."
    Ah, ahem. In sincere nostalgia, however, I say that the moment of Nana sharing the stories and clothes w/my Elizabeth (age 7) two nights ago was an absolute precious memory. Elizabeth oohed and aahed over the gorgeous clothes, while I enjoyed the generational connection. Now, THAT's sweet stuff!