Antique Style Drawers or Panties
In the appropriate style for the antique bisque head dolls dating from the 1800s through the 1930s. While most old under panties or drawers found on the early dolls had drawstring waists or banced waist with a button, as soon as elastic was in common use, doll panties were made with elastic. The draw string waists and banded waists indeed add bulk and take away from the neat fit of clothing, so unless you plan to dress your doll for a museum, it is okay to have elastic waist panties. I used to make the banded waist but only if I had the doll in hand for fit– I no longer do custom work. In the 30 years I sold dresses and underwear for antique dolls at doll shows, I never had anyone turn down the elastic waist panties, even if the buyer was super picky about the out clothes being totally authentic in style and fabric, they were okay with the underthings as long as they are 100% cotton batiste in old white, trimmed with antique lace, as these are. Because I have limeted amounts of real antique lace, I sometimes use different styles for the panties and slips, so it isn’t always a perfect match– but who is going to look under your doll’s dress, to see if the lace on panties and slip are an exact match?? The drawers I make for the antique dolls are shown here on my poor little 20″ AM who unhappily has a rather crude reproduction body– the panties fit somewhat better on real antique bodies, as that is what I used to make all the patterns originally, when I had one in stock of every size! The size for your doll is the total height of your doll from the top of her head ( not including the wig) to the bottom of her feet. If your doll is 19″ tall her size would be the 19-20″ size. A word to the wise–my 10 inch sizes will NOT fit Bleuette! neither in dresses or underwear. The body used most commonly for her is much fatter than a standard antique German composition ball jointed body or kid leather body. The drawers will fit German antique doll bodies of both leather and ball jointed composition.
I don’t do refunds on my doll clothes, so please don’t forget to choose the correct size. If you have any doubts please feel free to call or email me, I am always happy to help you make the right choice. You may call any day between 12 NOON and 10 PM at 360-836-7556 or email me.