Before there was Barbie, there was Bleuette Thursday, Feb 18 2010 

Every week, from 1905 through 1960, little girls across the French Republic impatiently awaited “le courier” – the mail – for her weekly edition of La Semaine de Suzette. Contents included stories, advice from a fictional aunt and patterns for dressing Bleuette, the beloved little 10.6” doll. Bleuette was a “gift with purchase” – free with an annual subscription to La Semaine de Suzette.

As an antique reproduction dollmaker, the French dolls are my very favorite (mais oui!), and when a mold became available for Bleuette a few years ago, I couldn’t wait to start recreating her – and especially her little clothes. That is, after all, why I began making dolls, when my little girl’s taste outgrew my talents with needle and thread.

Bleuette patterns from old copies of La Semaine de Suzette are readily available these days. Books, like the hard-to-find François Theimer’s Madame La Poupée Bleuette, feature pages from the Gautier et Langereau catalogues of Bleuette’s prêt-à-porter “trousseau.”

Here are a couple of my Bleuette costumes, with illustrations of the originals from La Semaine de Suzette.

I particularly like to use old hankies for my Bleuette recreations, like the one at the top of this post. The size is right, the designs are proportionate, and the look is vintage. I’ve sold all of the designs in this post on eBay, including one with an accompanying straw hat (above, left). I discovered a supplier of hat forms for Bleuette and found the tiny size a lot less intimidating than full-sized millinery.  And they are so fun to decorate!

Hope you enjoy looking at my Bleuette couture. I’ll post more as I complete work on them.

À bientôt!…Tatie

By way of introduction… Wednesday, Apr 29 2009 

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…meet my desktop collage, which says quite a lot about me… that I cannot take a very good photo with an iPhone but that j’adore my hockey team, my not-so-little-anymore girl, my beloved late Dad, Perrier and English roses from my patio garden.

You see: Even at the office, you can create something lovely. What’s important is that it pleases YOU!!!

Stay tuned, and I will share some of my more durable creativity, including:

  •  Children’s designs, from the traditional to the runway-inspired.
  • Sewing for children from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s.
  • French magazine collages.
  • A Bru here, a Jumeau there, all with a little “fantaisie.”
  • La folies en papier.
  • Arsenic and old lace — just kidding, but there will be antique lace, yards and yards of it.

  A bientot!…