Terri Lee Doll
Does anyone else remember her?

Terri Lee, a 16 inch hard plastic doll, "born" in 1946, was my first doll. I did not have any "store bought" outfits for her, so all that you see here are originals, and many of them were hand stitched by my grandmothers.  If you enjoy making doll clothes, you are certain to enjoy this page.

This was my very first doll, given to me in 1955.  Santa brought her and a beautiful, colorful closet to hold her clothes!

These two dresses were made by my grandmothers.  The red print dress was designed and almost entirely sewn by hand with very tiny stitches.  The bottom of the dress is along the selvage edge, so
there was no need to hem the dress.  This dressed matched an apron that my paternal grandmother wore.

The silver and white striped party dress was also designed by my grandmother, but this one was sewn on her Singer treadle sewing machine.  I still have this antique machine, along with extra leather belts, needles, and bobbins. And it still works!

Note the attention to detail in these dresses. Although it is difficult to see, the top of the red dress has a facing so that the stitches would not show when the snaps were attached. The only machine stitching on this dress is along the hem of the dress ties. Remember when most dresses had ties in the back?

Buttons and machine buttonholes form the closure on the nylon striped dress. The ties on this dress end in points. Top stitching is present on the sleeve cuffs, along the neck, along the white collar, and above the gathered skirt.

This sundress was made by my mother, incorporating rick rack trim that was so popular in the early 1950's. This dress consists of two rectangles and two straps - a very easy dress to make today - and one that is somewhat stylish today!

This party dress matched one that I wore at my 5th birthday party in 1955.  My mother made it from the remnants from my birthday dress. 

At the age of eight, I added the white buttons that held a
white apron that I stitched by hand.  The sequins around the neck edge further "dressed up" Terri Lee's party dress.  I am surprised that they are still intact after 59 years!

This lightweight denim fabric was the rage in the mid 1950's. Note the attention to detail,with the matching pocket trim and fabric along the pant hems. The blouse is constructed from three rectangles and two collar pieces.

What doll wardrobe would be complete without sleeping ensembles?

My doll had a chenille bath robe and a beige silk nightgown - quite a combination!

Of course, they matched Mom's bedtime attire!

Craft Apron

Front View

Back View

In the 1950's, crinkle cotton was the rage!  We made dresses, blouses, and nightgowns using this fabric.

in 1958 my mother made me a craft apron for me and my doll.  I wore it when I sewed, knitted, and crocheted.  The pictures above show the matching apron for my Terri Lee doll.  The bias binding served as a simple trim and extended to form ties as a closure at the top.

The front pockets (3) held my snips, pin cushion, and thread for a current project.

Notice the print, including thread, scissors, buttons, and, of course, a tape measure!

I hope you enjoyed viewing my unique collection.

I have doll clothes for my American Girl Doll

and my Barbie doll.

In 1954 my dad made a jewelry box that you can see.

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