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Bleuette ~ 1909 Robe de Toile

Nadine is wearing the 1909 Robe de Toile, or “Linen Dress” along with the 1905 Chapeau de Pâques or “Easter Hat”. The dress has a “large cape collar” that is embroidered in a flower motif design. The color combination used by Agnes Sura on her Bleuette dress featured on the cover of the Summer/Fall 2002 issue of Doll Costumer’s Guild inspired me to use a similar color combination on my own.

New Irish linen was used for the dress and chapeau and plaid silk for the bias trim. The chapeau has ruched vintage ribbon around the outer edge. The cocarde is from silk with hand dyed ostrich and emu feathers.

Left: 1909 Robe de Toile    Right: La Semaine de Suzette ~ 1909 Robe de Toile
La Semaine de Suzette ~ 1909 Robe de ToileLa Semaine de Suzette ~ 1909 Robe de Toile

Top: Upper Detail    Middle: Collar Embroidery Detail    Bottom: Belt

Left: 1905 Chapeau de Pâques    Right: La Semaine de Suzette ~ 1905 Chapeau de Pâques

Bleuette ~ 1920 Robe Sans Manches

This “sleeveless dress” is

composed of two parts, the straight dress and the blouse that goes with it.

The pattern suggests making several blouses of different fabrics and colors in order to vary the look of the outfit, giving the effect that Bleuette has many different outfits.

I made the sleeveless dress for my Bleuette, Violetta, from vintage linen. The running stitch that trims the dress was done with embroidery floss.

The pattern says that

very fashionable today are blouses of light fabrics decorated with flowers or embroidered dots.

While the dots on the vintage voile fabric used for the blouse are not embroidered, it is similar to fabric the pattern describes (mine are actually squares).  I added vintage lace at the neck and sleeves.

The necklace that Violetta is wearing around her neck is made from one of my childhood necklaces. And since she wanted to look just like the girl in the illustration, I made her a jump rope!

Left: 1920 Robe Sans Manches    Right: La Semaine de Suzette ~ 1920 Robe Sans Manches

Left: Sleeveless dress and blouse detail  along with childhood necklace.

Bleuette ~ 1905 Capeline pour les Sorties du Soir

Capeline pour les Sorties du Soir – a cape for going out in the evening. The pattern states that it is an “informal headcovering, but extremely useful”. It’s a very simple crochet pattern using basic stitches.

For my Bleuette, Nadine, I made the capeline up in cotton crochet thread. The pattern suggests that if the “ball” stitch around the hood seems to complicated for a younger girl, she could use the “lace” trim (shell stitch) that was used around the rest of the cape instead, and then trim the left side of the hood with a ribbon bow. I chose to do the “ball” stitch AND a silk ribbon rosette on the left side of the hood.

Left: 1905 Capeline pour les Sorties du Soir    Right: La Semaine de Suzette ~ 1905 Capeline pour les Sorties du Soir

Top:1905 Capeline pour les Sorties du Soir ~ Hood Detail    Bottom: 1905 Capeline pour les Sorties du Soir ~ Front Detail

Bleuette ~ 1907 Accoutrements

1907 ~ Sac à Main
I LOVE this pattern! Handbag made from a vintage kid glove. I braided three strands of 6-ply rayon embroidery floss to get the braid for outer trim and handles. Design is worked in the same floss. Vintage sequins and silk lining.
Bleuette ~ 1907 Sac à MainLe Semaine de Suzette ~ 1907 Sac à Main

1907 ~ Mouchoirs Brodés
Handkerchief worked on a piece of vintage linen with cotton embroidery thread.Bleuette ~ 1907 Mouchoirs BrodésLe Semaine de Suzette ~ 1907 Mouchoirs Brodés

Bleuette ~ 1908 Costume de Bécassine

In 1908 a pattern was offered for Bleuette to dress as the French Breton character Bécassine that appeared in La Semaine de Suzette.

I was astonished that I couldnt find an appropriate green fabric in my vast vintage stash! So I had to break down and buy some new green fabric. The red plastron fabric had to be new also. But the black bands on the costume is vintage velvet. I was able to get her bonnet, apron and guimpe from a large vintage handkerchief of very fine linen. Vintage lace was added to the apron hem.

I made felt chaussons or shoes for my Becassine costume. These would be more of a “house shoe”. However, the pattern also suggests making a pair of “festival shoes” from one of your fathers old leather gloves. These shoes were to be embroidered. Maybe another time….

The wool felt for the shoes came from an old hat. The tops of the shoes are trimmed with vintage cord that has a tiny thread of metallic running through it.  And finally, my favorite part of the entire costume…the stripe stockings! I love, love, love the stripe stockings! Made from an old childs t-shirt.

Left: 1908 Costume de Bécassine    Right: La Semaine de Suzette ~ 1908 Costume de Bécassine

Top: Pintucks and Lace on Apron    Bottom: House Shoes and Stripe Stockings

Bleuette ~ 1906 Costume de Quartier-Maitre

My Bleuette, Nadine, models the very popular and important Costume de Quartier-Maître or Sailor Dress. The 1906 pattern was the first nautical costume offered for Bleuette.

I chose to do this outfit in the traditional dark blue with white color scheme. The fabric used for this outfit came from a vintage skirt of fine wool, while the jacket collar is made from a lovely vintage pique. The anchors are embroidered in red silk floss. Vintage mother-of-pearl buttons were used for the jacket closure. I had a wonderful tiny antique anchor pin just waiting for an outfit such as this.

One suggestion the pattern gave was to embroider the name of a ship on the beret. I chose to work the ship name L’ETOILE (The Star) in silk floss. A red silk cocarde finishes off the beret.

Left: 1906 Costume de Quartier-Maître    Right: La Semaine de Suzette ~ 1906 Costume de Quartier-Maître

Top: Beret    Middle: Back Collar Detail    Bottom: Jacket Front Detail ~ Antique Pin

Bleuette ~ 1905 Tablier de Maison

The 1905 Tablier de Maison was one of a few patterns that did not have an illustration with it. It could be made as an “apron for the house” or as the pattern states “one of those American dresses that looks like a smock”. I chose to make Mae’s as an American smock dress.

I used a prize scrap of antique fabric to make the outfit. I was told when I purchased it, that it was from the 1880s. It’s a sturdy cotton, but a bit fragile. Also used was dark brown vintage velvet ribbon and a lovely vintage embroidered rosette. If you look close you can see there are tiny metal beads in the rosette that give it so much charm!

For a touch of lace, a tiny scrap of vintage hand made crochet edging was tacked along the neckline.

Mae is wearing purchased bottines or boots with her American smock dress along with red stockings. She wears a bow of stripe silk in her hair.

1905 Tablier de Maison

Top: 1905 Tablier de Maison ~ Upper Detail    Bottom: Bottines and Stockings

Bleuette ~ 1918 Robe Paletot

My Bleuette, Geneve, wears my version of Robe Paletot or Coat Dress. The pattern illustration shows the wrap dress with a fur collar and fur pompoms at each end the end of the sash, but the pattern pieces gave an option for straight-stitch embroidery in “bright wool” on the collar and cuffs. I chose the embroidery option to go with the fabric I wanted to use. Instead of “bright wool” I used some beautiful vintage (probably rayon type) floss in a gorgeous shade of purple. I chose another lavender/purple shade of DMC cotton floss as a complimentary color. So there are two shades used in the embroidery design on the batiste collar and cuffs to bring out the luscious colors in the fabric.

Instead of pompoms, I chose to put tassels on the sash, made with both flosses combined together for a variegated look, not only in color, but in texture.

Left: 1918 Robe Paletot    Right: La Semaine de Suzette ~ 1918 Robe Paletot
Bleuette ~ 1918 Robe PaletotBleuette ~ 1918 Robe Paletot

Top: 1918 Robe Paletot ~ Back Detail ~ Embroidery    Bottom: 1918 Robe Paletot ~ Tassels

Bleuette ~ 1905 Robe de Maison

Nadine is wearing the Robe de Maison, or “At Home Dress”–the first pattern offered for Bleuette. The doll arrived wearing only a chemise and so was in need of a full wardrobe. The pattern states that since the most important thing is that the new recipient of Bleuette will want to show her to their friends, a dress for “at home” is necessary. This is the reason for the first pattern. The pattern further instructs the child to ask their mother or big sister for the key to the closet that holds the fabric remnants.

My Robe de Maison is made from a lovely piece of vintage checked cotton. The finish is very smooth and fine, just like the cottons from Liberty of London. I found one tiny scrap of beautiful vintage lace that just fit around the neck, and so vintage tatting was used to decorate the sleeve and hem ruffles. Crisp vintage silk taffeta ribbon worked well for the rosettes and sash.

Left: 1905 Robe de Maison    Right: La Semaine de Suzette ~ 1905 Robe de Maison
Bleuette ~ 1905 Robe de Maison

Top: Upper Detail     Middle: Lace Detail    Bottom: Lower Detail

1905 Robe de Maison ~ Lace Detail

1905 Robe de Maison ~ Lower Detail

Sweet Dreams, Bleuette

My Bleuette, Mae, has her cuddly pillow and bedcover and is ready for slumber in her 1911 Robe de Chambre and 1915 Chemise de Nuit. The pillow and bedcover are from the 1917 Taie D’oreiller (pillowcase) and La Couverture de Berceau (Crochet Bedcover) patterns.

Sweet Dreams, Mae!

The body of the robe de chambre, or dressing gown, is made from a very soft vintage fabric with a beautiful surface sheen. The vintage contrast fabric has a little more body, but also has a lovely sheen. It was suited to the chain stitch embroidery quite nicely. The pattern suggested the robe be made of flannel since it is a winter dressing gown. Although I had some in my stash, I didn’t use it since it wasn’t the right color to keep within the blue and yellow color scheme. The pattern illustration does not have chain stitching around the neck of the robe, but the pattern piece showed the chain stitch design. I debated whether to make the collar like the pattern or  save myself some time and make it look like the illustration. In the end I spent the extra time and I’m glad I did. The chain stitch around the neck adds just the right detail to the overall look of the robe.

As the pattern states, the chemise de nuit, or nightgown, is “piece indispensable au trousseau de Bleuette“. In other words, the nightgown is an essential and indispensable part of Bleuette’s trousseau! Every dolly needs a nightgown! Mae’s chemise de nuit is made from new fabric of a very fine cotton/linen blend. It is a basic and simple nightgown, with blue feather-stitching.

The pillowcase is embroidered in hues of the yellow and blue color scheme. The embroidery is a combination of  lazy daisy stitch and french knots that produces a charming design. I used a piece of beautiful vintage lace for the ruffle that my cousin’s wife sent me (thanks, RaNae!!), and made a faux closure on the back of the pillowcase with vintage mother-of-pearl buttons.

The bedcover was crocheted with fine wool yarn leftover from a needlepoint project I did years ago. Vintage ribbon is added for the embellishment.

Left: La Semaine de Suzette ~ 1911 Robe de Chambre    Right: La Semaine de Suzette ~ 1915 Chemise de Nuit
La Semaine de Suzette ~  1911 Robe de ChambreLa Semaine de Suzette ~ 1915 Chemise de Nuit
1915 Chemise de Nuit ~ Detail
1911 Robe de Chambre ~ Front Detail
1911 Robe de Chambre ~ Back Detail

Left: La Semaine de Suzette ~ 1917 Taie D’oreiller    Right: La Semaine de Suzette ~ 1917 La Couverture de Berceau
La Semaine de Suzette ~ 1917 La Couverture de BerceauLa Semaine de Suzette ~ 1917 Taie D'oreiller
Bleuette ~1917 Taie D'oreiller and La Couverture de Berceau1917 Taie D'oreiller ~ Pillow Back
Bleuette ~ 1911 Robe de Chambre