Here is a "How To" to make a turban/headdress. Then, add any type embellishments
You can turn a Plain Jane (above) to a Fabulous Flapper (below) by adding an Era-appropriate outfit (this one was created by a vintage boudoir doll pattern) and a headband.
Because this glass-eyed doll is missing her lashes, the feather headdress compensates and detracts from the loss. Also, I removed her unflattering vintage wig replacement, and thanks to Sue, her crumbling wig is a new mohair replacement. It's important not to put a thick wig on these dolls. It would look obviously replaced. I'll bet you wouldn't have known her wig had been replaced had you not seen her before photo. Plus, the headdress camouflages any hair issues. Anyway, some easy and Era-appropriate enhancements that will not alter the doll like painting will. And, making a headdress wasn't as difficult as I thought. If I can do it, anyone can do it!
Headbands/Headdresses can make a dramatic difference in your boudoir doll and emphasize the era from which she came. Below, is information about making your doll a headband/headdress that will vamp up your doll! (Courtesy of Sue)
If you have a boudoir doll with hair issues or want your boudoir doll to have a flapper look, a cloche hat is a solution. Here is a glass-eyed doll and another shoulderhead-type doll, wearing a hand-made cloche hat.
Do you want to make your doll a hat? Sue created a pattern to make a boudoir doll-sized version. I will make it available for you to download (see below)
Here are photos of the pattern, and here is a link to the .pdf version that is the full-sized cloche hat pattern. I'd love to see what you create!
This Keeneye Boudoir Doll looks like she's winking, but it's because of her missing face paint. Despite her condition, she's wearing her original dress which appears to be in great shape. Her matching pink boudoir doll shoes are not a common find. Her hat may be an add-on, but it's certainly a fancy bonnet!
Here is a slide show of photographs, from the 1920s, showing Ladies' Fashion. I muted the sound, I hope. I found the choice of music not fitting of the era, and quite annoying. After all, it was the silent screen era.....
Louis Sherry French Chocolates Ad This ad features a "Cubeb" and a Lenci doll. I have seen this particular Cubeb referred to in ads as "The Parisienne," "Charleston Girl" and "Felt Doll" (referring to her felt pant outfit)
Louis Sherry French Chocolates Ad The boudoir doll featured in this ad appears to be an all composition, jointed smoker, aka Cubeb. Although, I've never seen the name Cubeb associated with these dolls in any doll ads I've found so far, that is what Collectors have named them.