I never use anything but pure silk ribbon on doll dresses for dolls made before 1940– unless I get lucky and find some 1930s rayon double faced rayon ribbon, which I haven’t found for years now.
There is nothing worse that wonderful vintage fabrics being ruined because they are trimmed with polyester— whether it is ribbons or lace, it just takes away the quality and period correctness of the dress.
Silk ribbon is, however, expensive for top quality double faced ribbon, although you can buy cheaper single faced silk ribbon elsewhere for cheaper. I have a wonderful source for the silk ribbon I use. She carries the best colors and you could not ask for better service. She also carries french and other cotton laces, if you are in need of just a small amount to finish your doll dress. She has been so helpful to me for several years I highly recommend her site to everyone– and she also carries other things, in case you are wanting or making heirloom baby things, christening dresses, etc.
Her shipping is more than reasonable too. For your silk ribbon needs, go to Simply Wonderful Things. Tell her JoAnn Morgan sent you!
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