Victorian clothes are so attractive to me. I'm not sure why I (and many, many others) share this love of women's and children's clothes from the late 1800's - early 1900's. I particularly love the "over-the-top" versions of these clothes, as expressed in French fashion magazines of the time. And made so exquistely for the dolls of that era.
I have tried to recreate two of these dress for the American Girl Doll. It was an interesting experience. It took time to find the fabrics locally, (ah, to have a Mood Fabric Store in Oklahoma!) and to create my own dress patterns. The dresses were expensive to produce as the fabrics and trim were costly and the construction was time consuming. But I had the satisfaction of completing the victorian dresses and hope to do more for the spring line of clothes. These items are available now at CSBSEWS American Girl Doll Clothes.
The rose print dress reflects an American Victorian doll dress, while the silk dress and bonnet are modeled on the French Victorian style.
For those more interested in today's looks, I have added new winter items for the modern American Girl Doll to the offerings at CSBSEWS.