Babyland Rag Dolls


Because of work I did taking pictures of antique dolls, serendipity and kindess of others, I have the joy of owning this wonderful 14 1/2" Babyland Rag. I own a faceless Babyland Rag doll that I purchased a couple of years ago with the intention of making a Babyland Rag pattern. But in the way of the world, a number of people were thinking about the same thing unaware of each other, and Judi Ward beat me to it! You can see Judi Ward's Babyland Rag pattern here. She is a very experienced doll designer and I am sure her pattern is a fun one to make.


For those of you who enjoy Babyland Rag dolls,
here are some photos for you to enjoy:







And here are some closeups of the
ingenious face covering construction
which the cap and high necked dress hide.



The doll is a simple pancake doll
with an additional padding added to the front
and covered with a face covering.



A layer of pink fabric
covered by the white face covering
creates a kind of skin tone color.



Some needle sculpting creates a chin.







The sweet cap below effectively covers
all the stitching seen above.





Very simple hands.



Knit stockings and red shoes
combine with a candy-striped dress
make for one sweet doll!



I think she's lovely!



Smiles,
Dixie



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6 comments:

  1. Wow, Dixie, what a great doll. Thanks for all the photos of her head and face. I think her dress and shoes are perfect for her.
    Lisa

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  2. I ADORE babyland rags!! Thanks for the amazing pics Dixie!
    Hugs,
    Nan

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  3. I think she's lovely, too. I enjoy old dolls but don't know much about them. Would this doll eventually have had hair added to cover the back of the head or would she have remained hairless? Would this doll have been given to a child to play with? I love how the head is shaped to roundness and sculpted to have a nice chin. The way the head is made reminds me just a little of the Waldorf dolls. Thanks for sharing her!

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    1. Nancy, on this doll the cap was tacked in place when I got her. I'm not sure if thwt was original, but maybe they were sold thwt eay. Most did not have hair on the back of the head, but wore caps of some sort. Some had fringes of hair attached wt the front forehead.

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  4. Hello from England Dixie. I think if I made this type of added on face shaping I would definitely sew on the bonnet so a purchaser/owner wouldn't be able to remove it to see her poor bald patches! It really is very interesting to see the head from a makers point of view, as I am a novice and wouldn't feel so bad if my doll's head wasn't perfect under the hat !

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