Edith Flack Ackley Doll

Several years ago a friend of mine gave me an old book called "Making Dolls for Fun and Profit" by Edith Flack Ackley, the publication date is 1938. It had been sitting on my bookshelf gathering dust for sometime, but a few weeks ago I was inspired to get it out and make a doll from it. I had a blast.

The author suggested sewing the whole thing by hand, but that seemed a bit much to me. Given that sewing technology has improved a great deal, I did most of it by machine and it worked like a charm. She is outfitted with undies,

a half-slip,

a dress

and an apron

It was fun to make, but I think I can alter the body pattern a bit to make it even easier to sew and put together. I know this would not make the doll historically accurate, but sometimes ya gotta do what ya gotta do. I might make a few and put them up on etsy. I'll let you know if I do.


Magpie's Mumblings said...

What a sweet doll! Sometimes the old patterns are really fun to make.

Anonymous said...

The face looks nothing like an Ackley doll.

Threads of Inspiration said...

Hello Anonymous,
Thank you for stopping by my blog. You are correct that this face doesn't look like the ones Edith Flack Ackley made. It was never my intention to exactly imitate her creation. I was given a book of her patterns and was having so much fun testing out the patterns and techniques from so long ago. I think it is important to put ones own creative mark on ones work, dont you?