This sleep eyed boudoir doll has one of the prettiest faces and expression I've seen in a long while. She has composition "bent knees." She is tagged "Novelty Curtain, Draperies, Bedspreads & Novelty Pillow Industry" and is dated "1933" and "NIRA" (National Industrial Recovery Association) that was created to lessen the impact of the Great Depression.
Love this all composition smoker! This smoker boudoir doll wears a similar felt pantsuit like the Lenci Fadettes. Original ads describe this doll as "Charleston Girl" and "Felt Doll." Collectors call these dolls "Cubeb." In almost 18 years, I've never seen an ad, calling these dolls "Cubeb," but the name sticks with these smokers.
This is a super nice sleep eyed boudoir doll, wearing her original outfit. Glass-eyed and sleep-eyed boudoir dolls are not readily found - until lately - I've seen quite a few selling on eBay this past month. This one is one of the best I've seen lately.
This has to be one of the prettiest "Turn Head" boudoir dolls I've seen; very lovely face and facepaint. Collectors refer to these dolls as Turn Heads because you can turn her head for posing. What also makes this composition/cloth doll unique is her smile. Most composition/cloth boudoir dolls are either non-smiling or smokers.
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!