Anyway, about the doll. This is what she should look like.......this is a scan from a magazine.....
There was an article in the magazine about Judy and her dolls. Apparently she was a prolific designer and at the time the article was written she had produced 1,394 dolls and her inventory was growing at a rate of 60 a year!!!!
She graduated from the University of Manitoba after studying textiles, costume design and art history. Her studio was in the attic of a rambling old house on the bank's of Winnipeg's Red River. She first started making dolls in 1967 with hand painted faces and meticulously researched period clothing.
Her attic loft had a cast of doll characters.......Praline the maid, Lavinia Catchpole the housekeeper, Charlotte the milliner and lovely Blanche the model, all under the strict scrutiny of Madame Clothilde, her workroom supervisor. One of Madame's duties was responding to all correspondence much to the delight of Judy's customers.
Victoria, is a Manitoba pioneer doll circa 1860, named after Judy's youngest daughter. She stands 20 inches tall, with yarn hair and embroidered features.
I never made Victoria all those years ago because there was something about the pattern that I didn't like. I thought it was her feet but after making the doll I realize now that the legs are not in proportion with the torso. Too short.
Anyway, here she is......
I don't know what happened to Judy Pilgrim Stewart. I wasn't able to find very much about her or her dolls. I found one image on a re-sale site:
I enjoyed making this doll.......would I make her again?.......maybe.
p.s. I apologize for the poor quality of the pictures. I think I've messed with the settings on my camera. I need to get the son to fix them for me again.......LOL