Porcelain Doll

by admin on August 8, 2009

Porcelain Doll

Porcelain Doll

Making Porcelain Doll Aprons

Now that you have created patterns to make your porcelain doll dress, you may want to add an apron to enhance her fashion. Aprons are relatively simple to make. You will need material, including 6 inches of light colored plain-woven fabrics (Batiste) to make your apron. You will also need lace, about 3/8 inches with narrowed edges. In addition, you will need white DMC thread made of poly-cotton, embroidery white thread, fabric glue and spray, embroidery DMC thread (pink and green; 818-pink; 524-green) and studs for your apron. (OOO-Studs)

Now that you have your items, you can begin making your apron. You can either procure lace or else design your own edges. In this instance, we are going to make up edges, such as the scallop and ruffles.

You will need craft paper and pencil to draw your apron pattern. Once you have the pattern drawn, cut it out. Use your stabilizer spray, at the bottom untreated edges, spray about 2 inches, and allow it to dry. Press your rigid fabric. Now, begin sewing a fabric edging, i.e. an ornamental undulate edge in your fabric. (Scallop) You want to sew along the bottom untreated edges. Next, sew parallel with the distance across your skirt. Leave 1/2 inch or 1 inch opening at the right side of your "foot presser." Avoid sewing overly close to the untreated edges.  

TIP: If you use a sewing machine, use your settings to form the scallop method.

Next, use your fabric glue and run it the length of the outside edges of your pattern. Allow the glue to dry and then cut excessive fabric using craft scissors to fit. Cut another 15 inches lengthwise of your fabric and another 4 inches widthwise. You are now ready to start stitching your ruffles. Sew your embroidery scallop on after you finish the untreated edges, stitching the edges so that it zigzags. You want to stitch the seams at the back to the dot and to the hem. Gather your stitches, running them in a line and at the crown. To create the edge of your apron, cut any unwanted length.

Apron making is created in a few methods, which include cutting out the "shoulder straps" and the waistline per outline or pattern. You want to crisscross when stitching along the thin edges of the lace. Continue stitching to the middle edges at the back and bring the right edges collectively to open the apron at the back middle. Now you can fold the lace, press and add a couple of lines while collecting the stitches near the edges of the crown of your kilt. Gather and pull up the fitted kilt, collecting it to meet the waist and compare the middle front as well as the notch. Make sure the gathered area is even. Stitch collectively and brush the seams whilst using the crisscross method to complete your task.

Next, trim the shoulder ruffles in a straight line along the pattern to sew fabric edges. (Scallop) Now take your stitches, gather, and run a few lines along the curvatures of the edge of your shoulder ruffles. Between the notches on your shoulder scrap, place your completed edges and even them out as you sew the seam lines and the trim. Now, fold the straps along the folded line. Press your pattern and turn it so that it falls beneath the untreated edges. Next, sew hidden stitches beneath the strap, preparing the seams of your ruffles. The shoulder straps can now go on the waistband, which should compare to the notches. Before you complete your task, compare the shoulder straps to your doll to make sure it fits, and then complete your stitching.

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I have a huge porcelain antique doll collection from the past 50 years, how can I find the value of them?

I have a collection of porcelain antique dolls from the past 50 years I am going to sell. How can I find out the value of them so i can get there true value when selling them. Some of them are from the Hamilton, Danbury Mint, and Paradise galleries. i want to be able to get the best value for them and just need to get some ideas to get them appraised.
I figured an antique appraiser would be a good idea but how do you find one?

Let me begin with a minor bit of education, if they are less than 100 years old, they are not antiques. If they are from the companies listed, they are not antiques, and, unfortunately will have little value. These companies make dolls as collectibles, meaning that nearly every one they made is still out there and in mint condition. I am sorry to have to say all that.

Some of these companies have made some dolls that are more desirable and rare than others. So a great deal will depend on what specific dolls you have. As a rule most serious collectors have no interest in dolls made by Paradise Galleries, these dolls are rather poorly made and were fairly inexpensive new. They will all realize a bit more if you still have all the packing materials and certificates for each.

There are specific artists that were used by these companies, who designed dolls more sought after because of a specific artists name being associated with their design.

Having said all of that, your best bet would be to find a doll hospital, collectors society, or doll museum in your area, for that check your local telephone directory, they will be able to either appraise your collection or direct you to another who is qualified. Also a potential for valuation may be an estate appraiser, but their fees are usually quite high.

Another viable option may be ebay, with a larger audience, you will probably realize greater monies than a private sale in your area. However, you do then have the listing fees and so forth. You may not have an idea of their value to begin with, but you'll gain greater profits than any other venue is likely to offer.

I am sorry if this information is disappointing, but I do wish you all the best in liquidating this collection.

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