February 10, 2010

Oxfam Rosita Doll by Belinda Lyon

This classic 1970s cloth kit rag doll was found at the car boot last summer. She came with a similar purple cat. This doll is called Rosita and was one of a series of dolls from around the world created by Belinda Lyon for Oxfam in the 1970s. Rosita was from Panama, she is 12" tall and comes with printed floral poncho, and dress. I love her daring underwear!

Clothkits was an English clothing company based in Lewes, East Sussex. Founded as a mail order business by Anne Kennedy in 1969 . You can view some later patterns here.

Clothkits specialized in selling pre-printed kit clothing for children and adults. The kit would comprise a pattern printed onto the fabric so that it could be cut out and assembled without needing to pin a paper pattern. The kits were also notable for containing all the materials needed to complete the garment. The spare fabric around the pieces of the main pattern would often feature a doll sized pattern for the same garment.

Postscript. 5 January 2012
Ive just found, a small but rather good flickr site devoted to Belindas work, you can find it here.

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