I have an ongoing love of all things Victorian. It may be because of growing up in the southeast, and living around and in old homes I became accustomed to antique furniture as an 'everyday' thing and having a mother who loved modern - which I hated. Needless to say, I love Victorian dioramas and wild west, etc. I grew up watching Little House on the Prairie, BIg Valley, Gunsmoke, the Rifleman, The Wild West, and so on. Loved as a kid the sets and clothing more than the actual storyplots! I have created a section of links on my blog http://theonesixthscaledollhouse.blogspot.com of collectors and enthusiasts who work in 1:6 scale because of my longing for a 1:6 scale Victorian dollhouse.
I have collected quite a bit of items in this genre, and have my own dolls replicating the Ingalls family in 1:6 scale. Two mini american girl dolls, Molly and Kirsten, replicate little Laura and Little Mary and a Victorian Kelly replicate Carrie. Mrs. Albee Avon Barbie first edition was transferred to a pivatol body for Ma (Caroline ) Ingalls and Harley Ken 2 is Pa.
I have collected a bunch of dolls/Barbies in Victorian attire and have dressed my Fashion Royalty Regal solstice Anja in a Victorian dress I downsized from a Gildebrief magazine pattern. Gildebrief is a German magazine that specializes in patterns for the reproduction french fashion dolls from the 'original' fashion doll- the Poupee from the 1800's that were so popular. (I also have one of those too. Fun to sew for!)
Here are my Victorian ladies and their children having tea. Enjoy the photos, and if you have some of your own, please free free to post them here. IF you are a Victorian enthusiast like me, I would love to add your link to my blog.
Anja's dress was made by me from the Gildebrief pattern.
Here you can see the Victorian Kelly in the baby carriage. That is a vintage piece from the Rosebud dolls back in the late 70's or early 80s' I played with. Victorian Kelly is off of ebay
Mini American Girl doll 'Nellie' (she is my Nellie Olsen) is reaching for a piece of cake! The cakes on platter are Rement, the tiered yellow roses cake on the silver platter in the center was made by me outof paperclay.
The doll to the right of Nellie is her mother, Hybrid Mrs. Olsen. Her body/outfit is from Mrs. Albee Avon 1st edition, her head is from Frank Sinatra barbie. Thought she would be a great mom for Nellie...Doll sitting is Springtime Tea Barbie.
Hope you enjoy the tea scene! I am currently working on a variety of scenes in the Victorian era/period.
the sideboard is the bottom half of the Bespaq 1:4 scale hat vanity without the mirror and racks. a Very versatile piece I sell on my ebay store http://tinyurl.com/yjvz65 Pumpkin Hill Studios. Can also serve as a desk, but works as a buffet in my dollhouse dining room.
Pumpkin Hill Studios http://tinyurl.com/yjvz65
King William Miniatures www.kingwilliamminiatures.us
And now for some AMAZING links if you love this period-
On Flicker- Little Leon by Amy of AJ Clothiers/outfitters. SHe does an amazing western town OUTSIDE of her house on a series of tables. Little Leon has a saloon, jail, general store, and a great storyline
*I recommend browsing her incredible custom horses and outfits for her townfolk- she has even done surreys and wagons. Her albums are amazing.
My Pinterest 1:6 scale diorama board- follow it. I am constantly hoarding/adding new 1:6 scale dioramas of all eras, but especially when I see something cool in the 1800's period
My flicker- Victorian random dioramas and props- as I find 'em, I take pics of them. I also have a couple of albums on my Little House on the prairie project.
Open Range- a Johnny west forum-
Amy is on this forum as well as a BUNCH of cool 1:6 action figure guys who build their own 1:6 western towns. The work and detailing on their figures is amazing. Here is the link to one guys' thread to get you started-
Patton is currently building a blacksmith shop/stable and another large diorama project, but here he shows his progress on building a saloon- it is about 4 or 5 pages long, but well worth it. The saloon is build, he shows how he did it.
here are some pics of my Ingalls family
Pa lifting Half-Pint up, with Mary looking on. I made Laura's dress and sunbonnet The wringer washer is by Ertel, and is a working scale model. off Ebay
Pa playing the fiddle for everyone. The violin or fiddle is from the recent barbie fashion pack dress with music notes on it and a violin. I'm looking for a more 'real' looking one. Cookstove is Crescent salesman sample off of Ebay that came with the cooking utensils. Behind ma is a cream seperator by Ertel off ebay as well, one of my favorites.
I am also collecting schooldesks from that era to create a one room schoolhouse. I have a thing about one room schoolhouses, there are quite alot of them standing in the area where I live.
These were found on ebay. I have about five desks altogether now. The small ones are a tight fit for the mini american girl dolls, but work.
the schoolteacher's desk is acctually part of an Enesco bookend off of ebay. I was lucky to find this, but they are pretty common. I have found a couple of more I may consider getting. I will sand school daze off and use this for the teacher's desk. The pump is a diecast pencil sharpner from a lot of these off ebay as well. One of my Evangeline friends who does 1:3 scale victorian dioramas put me onto how to find the victorian lamps, which is something we both needed.
this is a view of Anja's full outfit from the Gildebrief patterns I downsized to fit Anja
It includes her mantel and hat. I did the hat to suit myself and to fit Anja's head.
Here is Anja's outfit without her matching mantel and hat
I am working on figuring out an outfit from my books for Monaco Vanessa, since her hair is a chignon hairdo that works with these fashions, just haven't had time to decide on trims, fabrics.
I will try to post more of my Victorian collection and scenes here in this thread, but would love it if everyone would also share their scenes and threads, and links in this era and scale!
It looks like you have really enjoyed both the collecting and the photography! Thanks so much for sharing your passion for all things Victorian with us.
thank you Marilyn!
When joining the doll community, I was surprised, at how much modern there was and so limited on the Victorian or period eras. It is just the opposite in the 1:12 scale dollhouse miniature community- everyone seems to do the Victorian era there- but there is so much available. I guess that is what makes this scale both challenging and so enjoyable when I do find items that work in this scale.
thank you Miranda!
I thought it would be a neat thing to do to start a thread for those that love this period so they could also post their pics as well............
Thanks for sharing all the great photos, Lisa! I just came back to read this post today and I was delighted to see all your pretty clothes and furniture! I especially like the fancy layer cake you made and the fabulous dress for Anja. You chose very lovely colors and trims. It looks like a challenging project to sew that!
I was a big fan of the Little House on the Big Prairie TV program, and Bonanza, and I read all the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. Your family is so cute! I especially love the fiddling scene photo!!
I pinned your page-- in fact I just joined Pinterest today so I could follow what you find for doll furnishing etc.
thank you Valerie! I have alot of boards on Pinterest, I call it my electronic hoarding doll board!lol. I pin alot of pics of interesting dioramas I see on my 1:6 board, so many wonderful ideas out there by some of the collectors.
I am a big fan of the Little House books too. I still find myself reading them. I love history from this era so it makes the dolls come to life for me. Did you watch Big Valley as a kid? I watched Bonanza as well as the Wild Wild West, even then I liked the movie sets and costumes the best!
I have been wayy way challenged sewing the costumes for Caroline Ingalls and Anja. Anja was a little easier because I just had to adjust the pattern to her body- but it took a while because - this will sound weird- I sew better by eye than by pattern. I guess I think backwards, lol....I still need to make her some crinolines/petticoat to hold out the skirt better as well as find some little boots that would look victorian to go with her gown. I am intending to sew an outfit for my Monaco Vanessa since she has a cool updo as well.
Joyful in Japan Poppy is on her way so I can hardly wait to work on a gown for her in this era!