Friends, a bit of advice: do not shop online at night, especially on sites like Etsy and eBay, where one-of-a-kind collectibles are available for purchase at the strike of a computer key. After 11 pm, particularly around a holiday, one's resistence WILL BE LOW.
Which is why I am now the proud, if mildly embarrassed, owner of Suzanne, a vintage 40's mannequin doll manufactured by Latexture Products, Inc. during WWII. This doll, and others like her, were sold with sewing kits intended to help teach young girls to sew. These kits were branded Simplicity, McCall, Butterick, etc., and included sewing patterns, notions, doll and doll stand, the works! I think I saw one of these at the flea market once, but I had no idea what it was for.
Here are some photos from around the Internet: be strong, doll/sewing paraphernalia/minature lovers! Doll names included Suzanne, Marianne, and Peggy McCall. They were also labeled "Fashiondol". There was a 12 1/2" version, and 15" version; mine is the latter. Arms were removable so you could get the clothes on more easily (Mattel, why didn't you think of this?), but alas, this meant limbs were sometimes lost.
Here's the doll I purchased. She comes with panties and a sewing pattern: really, what more do you need?
You can read more about these latexture dolls here.
Readers, had you ever seen these mannequin dolls before, or -- be still my heart -- owned one? (Apparently there was an even larger and more glamorous McCall's mannequin doll, Margit Nilsen.)
I have every intention of sewing the vintage Forties dress pattern she comes with -- I mean, how could I resist? Plus, what a great way to experiment while putting together my Cyd Charisse/Irene Lentz knock-off gown!
I'm a native New Yorker and self-taught sewing fanatic! I've been sewing obsessively since 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mostly vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!