When I was a child, I loved dolls and paper dolls. My mother, who was a very accomplished seamstress, made beautiful clothes for my dolls and I made 'beautiful' things for my paper dolls.
My mother had a subscription to McCalls magazine and I would wait every month for it to arrive so I could cut out the Betsy McCall paper dolls. I loved to see what she was wearing and put a lot of pressure on my mother to make me similar outfits. Often she did.
A few years ago, I remembered Betsy McCall and purchased some 1950's McCalls magazines online. I can't remember whether I purchased this pattern too, because I remember trying to make the doll at some point. It all went wrong with the hair and I never finished it. Perhaps I'll try again.
I always assumed Betsy McCall lived in New York and led a much more glamorous life than I did. She seemed to do more things, go more places and have more fun and I really wanted to be her.
You can see her pretty New Year dresses and she even has a doll with the same clothes. Oh, the imaginings of a young girl...
Here, she and her cousin and her dog, Nosy are going to the circus. I had a wonderfully indulged childhood and one of my best memories is of going to a fun fair with my family and one of my cousins.
Not sure about this one. What kind of a joke would Betsy McCall play? But I love the outfits!
Here, Betsy is looking more modern, and by the time she looked like this, I was no longer playing with paper dolls. That didn't stop me loving them though.
Finally, she goes to the Flower Show. That wouldn't have impressed me. My mother had a lovely garden and I think I took it for granted. We did go to the State Fair every September, though, and that was very exciting.
I can see I should have used Picasa to crop my photos. However, if I did that I would never get this blog posted. Hope you enjoyed my trip down memory lane. Do you have memories of Betsy McCall