Butterick Doll Mannequin Miniature
Dressmaker Sewing Kit 1940s
Photo courtesy of rosanne3121
Composition non-bending doll with blond painted
hair, white painted shoes, Butterick patterns, instructions,
base stand and notions packaged in a cardboard box with cover.
Dritz-Traum, McCall, Latexture Products, Simplicity and
Singer Sewing Machine company and possibly others, all made,
supplied or sold sewing mannequin doll kits (1938-1949+).
Doll mannequin dressmaker sewing kits usually contained; an undressed doll
12 1/2 - 15" tall, usually made of composition or a latex material
with molded painted hair, painted facial features with a closed
mouth, stationary non-bending
body and limbs with removable arms for ease of use, help identify a mannequin
doll. Also included in the kit was a doll stand with holes
the pegs on the bottom of the doll shoe to fit, doll sized clothing patterns
that often mimicked the current adult fashions, a molded dress
maker form the same size as the mannequin doll,
fabric, sewing and pattern usage instructions, thread, thimble, needles,
trimmings, tape measure and other notions and a small
miniature sewing machine, in the case of Singer.
The history of doll
sewing Kits is that they were meant to teach and encourage the budding
young seamstress, tailor or sewing entrepreneur during the WW II
years of 1938+, during which time money and supplies were difficult to come by.