Welsh costume doll D28

number : D28

D28 front D28 reverse

Museum of London : Z7632

Costume: apron, skirt, neckerchief, two underskirts.

Body: painted clay or plaster head, the lower arms and legs are wood, attached to a stuffed cotton body.

Hat: made of plaster as part of the head, the brim is missing.

Height including hat: 28.5cm

General observations:  The apron is machine stitched and is thought to be a later addition. The bedgown, made from one piece of fabric, is sleeveless.

Date: 19th century

CONSERVATOR’S REPORT
For an explanation of the structure of this report see Welsh doll project. See also glossary of terms

component : Whole
construction : Doll with set of clothes comprised of: apron, skirt, neckerchief, two underskirts. The apron & bedgown are not contemporary.
measurements : Height including hat:28.5cm

item : Apron
number : D28.1
component : Whole
construction : An apron made from a rectangle of pale blue cotton fabric, pleated at top edge into waistband/ties. Machine sewn throughout, it is a replacement & not original.
measurements : CF 14.3cm. Width at lower edge 10.4cm.
general observations : Measurements only have been taken (since the fabric is not contemporary), since it may be a replica pattern.

item : Bedgown
number : D28.2
component : Whole
construction : Sleeveless long bedgown, cut from 1 piece of fabric, folded either side to CF opening, armholes cut into folds. Gathered at neck with a running stitch. Skirt & underskirt 1 over the top, hence only upper part of garment visible. All machine stitched as apron, & cut from same fabric. Replacement.
measurements : CF 14cm. Width at lower edge 18cm approx.

item : Skirt
number : D28.3
component : Whole
construction : Skirt cut from one piece of linsey-wolsey with CB flat seam, gathered at waist but no waistband. Hemmed at waist & lower edge.
measurements : CF 14.6cm. Hem circ: 27.5cm

component : Fabric 1
construction : Brown/purple/blue stripe linsey-wolsey; weft stripe hanging vertically
measurements : 1cm stripe repeat
pattern : stripe
technique 1 : woven
technique 2 : plain
thread count ends / wales per cm : 11
thread count picks / rows per cm : 13
twist warp : Z
twist weft : S (purple & brown),Z (blue)
fibre – warp : linen
fibre – warp : wool & cotton
colour – warp : brown
colour – weft : Weft stripe: 2 purple, 2 blue, 2 purple, 6 brown
microscopic analysis? : yes: blue weft stripe, warp

component : Stitching 1
construction : Hand running stitch throughout
technique 1 : hand sewn
technique 2 : running stitch
twist yarn : Z,3S
material – other : cotton
colour – other : brown
microscopic analysis? : yes

item : Underskirt 1
number : D28.4
component : Whole
construction : Underskirt cut from one piece of flannel with CB flat seam, gathered at waist with a running stitch, no waistband or access. Hemmed lower edge.
measurements : CB 9cm. Hem circ. 24.5cm

component : Fabric 1
construction : Red wool flannel
pattern : none
technique 1 : woven
technique 2 : plain
thread count ends / wales per cm : 14
thread count picks / rows per cm : 11
twist warp : Z
twist weft : S
fibre – warp : cotton
fibre – warp : wool
colour – warp : white
colour – weft : red
finish : raised
microscopic analysis? : yes: warp

component : Stitching 1
construction : Hand running stitch throughout
technique 1 : hand sewn
technique 2 : running stitch
twist yarn : Z,3S
material – other : cotton
colour – other : white

item : Underskirt 2
number : D28.5
component : Whole
construction : White cotton underskirt with CB seam, hemmed lower edge. Waist not visible.

component : Fabric 1
construction : White cotton
pattern : none
technique 1 : woven
technique 2 : plain
thread count ends / wales per cm : 34
thread count picks / rows per cm : 32
twist warp : Z
twist weft : Z
fibre – warp : cotton
fibre – warp : cotton
colour – warp : white
colour – weft : white

component : Stitching 1
construction : Hand running stitch at hem and seam
technique 1 : hand sewn
technique 2 : running stitch
twist yarn : S
material – other : cotton
colour – other : white

item : Neckerchief
number : D28.6
component : Whole
construction : Scrap of printed cotton wrapped around neck & across chest, tucked into bedgown at front.

component : Fabric 1
construction : Purple print on white cotton
pattern : sprig
technique 1 : printed
technique 2 : woven,plain
thread count ends / wales per cm : not detected
thread count picks / rows per cm : not detected
twist warp : Z
twist weft : Z
fibre – warp : cotton
fibre – warp : cotton
colour – warp : white
colour – weft : white
colour – other : purple print