Betsy, Tacy and Tib go to a party

Betsy Tacy Tib dolls

This set of Betsy, Tacy & Tib dolls are dressed up for a party and I just love how they turned out. I spend an unreasonable amount of time trying to find historically accurate fabric for doll dresses. There are so many challenges to find the right fit. As far as fabric stores I can drive to my only choices are Joanns and a quilt shop. But really most current offerings do not fit the bill in content or design and if they do, they’re of course the wrong scale because they’re not for tiny doll clothes. So I have the most luck at the thrift store. For these dresses I got lucky in the mens department. Tacy’s blue dress is silk and the textured plaid fabric seems like something you’d see on a dress in 1905. Same with Tib’s pink dress, it is from a men’s silk shirt and has a great textured stripe design that also feels turn of the century to me. Betsy’s dress is sheer and textured and really felt to me like it could pass for a dimity dress. Dimity is “a hard-wearing, sheer cotton fabric woven with raised stripes or checks”. This fabric was a handmade skirt I found at the thrift store. I’ve also had some luck in the scarf section when looking for sheer fabrics, like the one I found for my Elizabeth Bennet doll.
Betsy Tacy Tib dolls

Betsy Tacy Tib dolls

Betsy Tacy Tib dolls

7 thoughts on “Betsy, Tacy and Tib go to a party

  1. Katie says:

    My kids and I just finished the first four books in the series, I think the next set is a little too old for them at 4, 6, and 8 but we look forward to reading through to the end someday. Are these wonderful dolls a available for purchase?

    • Hillary says:

      Hi, sorry I just saw this message. No, they’re not available at the time. I’m starting up custom orders again in the Fall though if you’d like to fill out the custom order form on the shop page. Thanks for your interest!

  2. Sue Gagliardi says:

    Hi Hillary,

    I hope you are well!

    Just checking in if you are planning to create any more of the Betsy Tacy Tib dolls. If so, I would absolutely love to purchase a set of these adorable dolls in the pink, yellow and blue dresses as in the photo or whatever dress styles you are using. Thank you!
    Best,
    Sue

  3. Sue says:

    Hello Hillary,

    I’d like to check if you are taking any custom orders for the Betsy, Tacy and Tib dolls at this time or in the future. I would be delighted to purchase a set of these wonderful dolls if possible.

    Thank you!

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