Effanbee Patsy Doll Dresses

Effanbee Patsy Doll Dresses

I have been sewing pretty little Effanbee Patsy Doll Dresses lately. This lot of dresses are for the 14" Patsy doll. But I do make dresses in sizes 11" - 30" for the entire Patsy Family dolls. This Effanbee Patsy doll dress and hat are adapted from a 1933 pattern for Patsy Lou. The Patsy Lou pattern was a give away by the McCall Company as a promotion. This Effanbee Patsy dress and bonnet are available in several sizes for your Patsy family dolls. Colors available are in an old print: Lavender, Blue, and Yellow, or in vintage fabric and vintage flour sacks. The dress and hat are 100% cotton. The dress closes in the back with two mother-of pearl-buttons. The cloche hat is trimmed with a self-fabric ruffled rose. The dress comes well above her knees so the lace on her onsie or slip peeks out.

Whenever I get an order, I always make several so I have them on hand for future orders. I got a little carried away cutting out this time. Now I have two of every color for the 14" Patsy. I am all out of the green fabric, so the only green dress available is in the 14" Patsy size. Many less expensive dolls were produced to compete with the Effanbee Patsy Family dolls. The dolls were very close in size, so these Effanbee Patsy doll dresses are likely to fit any of this type doll from the 1930's. I also make shoes for the Patsy dolls, from authentic oilcloth.

The Patsy doll family was one of Effanbee's greatest success stories. These dolls wore the most current dresses of the day and had complete wardrobes. Patsy was one of the first dolls to have a completely manufactured wardrobe just for her. Most of the commercial Patsy dresses were poorly made and simply closed with a safety pin. Most of my dresses do have buttons and button holes. My slips and onsies close with vintage square snaps. There were also many patterns available for mothers and daughters to sew complete wardrobes. You might be interested in reading about The History of Patsy.

Effanbee Patsy Doll Dresses

4 Responses

  1. tina.kontokra
    Love the dresses! They're gorgeous!
  2. Beautiful work.
  3. From what we can tell, this was the only doll Effanbee sold that had this all composition ball jointed body. Mary Jane was also sold thru Sears as noted by the 1921 ad.
    • Many of the Effanbee dolls were jointed at the neck, shoulders, and hips. Patsy is part of the Patsy family of dolls that came in 14 sizes from 6" - 30".

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