So earlier this past year (but not so long ago in posts), I wrote about a set of Napoleonic dolls
that were made as part of the Wolfe Historical Dress-a-Doll Series and mentioned that it was part of a series which included a Victorian set as well. Since the company seemed obscure, I didn't expect to find the Victorian set any time soon, but this past month, idly browsing eBay, I found it! And for a ridiculously cheap price, too!What's interesting about these sets is that the dolls are designed to be "built", with only a few pieces of the clothes that can be changed, and lots of complexity in the layers that make them up. While unconventional, it's interesting because it shows the pieces of fabric and little embellishments that go into an outfit.
The doll below shows a woman of roughly 1880s style (the book sort of covers from about 1850 through the late 80s). She's got a variety of pieces to assemble (click on the image to see more detail). I love the diagrams included on the page that illustrate how the pieces are to be assembled as well (in the bottom right-hand corner). While I think these books are kind of complicated for young children, they are very nicely made.
Like the former one I shared, this was made in 1975 in Great Britain by Wolfe Publishing, and originally cost 60p.