Videos are perhaps the easiest instructions to follow.
Sometimes it is hard to put directions in words for
a book. In a video you can see the person actually making
or dressing the doll or accessories.
In Wigging Miniature
Women, vol 3 of the Master Dollmakers series
from MindStorm Productions, Viola Williams
shows how to create wigging styles for Victorian and
contemporary women, 18th century courtesans, country
lasses and southern belles. Viola demonstrates two methods
for making waves and shows combinations of hair styles
and hats that work well together. Also available is
vol 4, Wigging Miniature
Men, Children & Babies.
Dressing Your Tiny Victorian
Doll is also part of the Master Dollmaker
series. In this video, Judy Orr shows how to dress a
little Victorian girl. First Judy lists tools (specialty
items including bow tying tool, rose tool, small iron,
and acrylic rod) and materials required. Judy takes
you from assembling the doll (purchased from a shop,
a show, or Judy) to finishing touches. There is some
hand gathering, but the only machine sewing is the center
of the silk wig. Judy also shows how to make the doll
stand from a little wooden heart and a toothpick.
Let's Make a Bride
is with Viola Williams. In this video you learn how
to dress a beautiful Victorian bride and Viola explains
how, with a few adjustments to the enclosed pattern,
you can dress another doll in a suit with a pleated
inset. From assembling the doll from a kit to the final
touches of ribbons and bows, Viola's step-by-step instructions
assure a beautiful outcome. She lists materials and
supplies at the beginning of the video and also demonstrates
her method for draping clothing.