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Grand Victorian Lady Waldorf Doll

from The Silver Penny
(9) Name: 'Sewing : Grand Victorian Lady Waldorf Doll
Grand Victorian Lady Waldorf Doll
Grand Victorian Lady Waldorf Doll

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • basic sewing machine skills
  • basic hand sewing skills
  • moderate dollmaking skill

Pattern Description:

While creating imaginary situations with her dolls, my daughter often craved an adult to be part of the play, as a result the Grand Victorian Lady Doll was born! She's really quite a versatile doll, because she can be so many characters. For example, she makes a wonderful Mother Earth, Mother, Grandmother Doll or Teacher.

This Grand Lady is created on a pedestal, which means she has no feet or legs that are visible. The pedestal under her dress has been covered with a "petticoat" to hide the mechanics. This design allows her to stand very steadily on almost any surface.

The finished doll is about 11" tall. This pattern includes step-by-step instructions, color photos, excellent diagrams and full size patterns.
Moderate dollmaking skill required.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Finished doll measures about 11" tall.


  • 12" tubular gauze (or make your own from stretchy fabric)
  • 8 oz. wool or polyester stuffing
  • 10" x 10" knit skintone fabric (stretchy)
  • 7.5" x 42" strip of brown flannel for dress
  • 18" square muslin cotton fabric
  • 12" square calico cotton fabric for scarf
  • string
  • dental floss or heavy-duty craft thread
  • 6.75" strip of eyelet lace for bonnet (2.5" wide)
  • 7.5" strip eyelet lace for apron (6" wide)
  • 23" satin ribbon (1/4" wide) for apron tie
  • 12" of sisal-covered wire (heavy-duty pipe cleaner can be substituted)
  • 12" length x 21/2" wide gray wool fleece for hair (or substitute any doll hair)

You Will Also Need:

  • 3" wooden disk
  • 9" wooden dowel (1/4" diameter)
  • 1/4 cup sand or weighted poly pellets
  • 3" or 5" dollmaking needle
  • doll-size wire glasses (no lenses)
  • wicker basket (optional)
  • tooth picks for knitting needles (optional)
  • tacky glue