A spectacular miniature fashion mannequin kit for the young fashion designer during World War II, including the mannequin & stand, several outfits, sewing implements, skeins of colour silk thread & blue wool yarn, sewing patterns 4390 and 4402, books including: Miniature Fashions Simplicity sewing book for young fashion desingers; Miniature Fashions Simplicity, hints for the young desinger, all contained in original oak case

New York: Simplicity Pattern Co., Inc., for Latexture Products, Inc., 1943. Oblong oak case (16.75 x 12.5 x 4 in.), dovetailed, w/
brass clasp, hinges, and wooden handles on either
end, with tray, and rails on inner side of lid to hold
patterns & books, cardboard die-cut inserts to hold kit
pieces (some scuffing, edgewear, rubbing to lid &
base) which include: 15 inch tall doll made from
composite, molded wedge shoes on feet, w/ pegs,
brunette hair w/ 1940s era hairstyle, fitted composite
arms present as issued, stamped Latexture copyright
NY on back; 3.5 x 3.5 gold-painted base with holes
drilled with which to mount the doll; 2 plastic
thimbles; spool of thread, skeins of various coloured
silk sewing thread, 2 sewing machine bobbins w/
thread; 1 skein of blue wool yarn, w/ knitted scarf,
dressed in finished outfit, several others, clipped
pattern clipped with sewing pin; 2 Simplicity patterns
(w/o the blue composition dress form often used as
pincushion by young seamstresses, or the linen
measuring tape). First book: 4to. 88 pp. 100s of text illustrations,
diagrams, colour illustrations, colour plates at center.
Quarter-black cloth over colour-illustrated softcovers
(minor creasing, shelfwear, light uniform toning), still
VG; 2nd book: 4to. [16 pp (unpaginated)]., photo
illustrations & text illustrations throughout. Illustrated
self-printed wrappers (minor creasing, shelfwear), still
VG copy, stapled as issued. This fantastic Miniature Fashion Mannequin doll and
case offer an invaluable time capsule for a vital piece
of the Home Front effort during World War II.
Introduced just before the War, these Fashiondols
produced by Latexture Products were intended to
offer young girls the means to practice sewing and
learn to produce their own fashion designs, without
having to use adult size patterns. With wartime
rationing, and fabrics in short supply, these fashion
mannequins offered an excellent means to train young
women. Perhaps the most significant aspect of these
fashion dolls was that matching patterns could be
purchased from Simplicity in adult sizes as well, so
mothers and daughters could sit side by side and sew
the same dress, fit their respective mannequins, or
crochet miniature hats. The Miniature Fashion Sewing
Book is exceedingly scarce and instructions called for
the same construction used in adult sewing: intricate
shaping with darts and tucks, side placket openings,
facings and lapels, with no simplifying of instructions
for young hands. Typically these kits were purchased
with just the doll and possibly the dress form, and a
couple sewing kit pieces, but more elaborate ones like
this would have extra trays for holding fashions
completed, extra supplies, and lots of room for
additional patterns. This present kit includes several
finished pieces by the young fashion designer --
muslin blouse & apron, cotton colour percale apron, a
slip, a strapless red silk evening dress w/ black lace
trim, a red striped sundress, and the doll is dressed in
an excellent miniature representation of a Women’s
Army Auxiliary Corps uniform. These Miniature
Fashion Mannequins continued to be heavily
marketed into the early 1950s, and paved the way for
future adult fashion dolls such as Barbie, and those
similar which followed. See: Womans Day, February,
March, April, May, June, November, 1943 for
Rationing information of fabrics; S.S. Kresge 1942 fall
needlework catalogue; Wade Laboissonniere,
Blueprints in Fashion, home sewing of the 1940s
(1997); Worldcat locates 1 similar piece (National
Library of Australia); No copies located of the 2 books. Item #106899

Price: $1,500.00

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