Betsy McCall

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Betsy McCall dolls were big back in the 60’s when I was a child.  I absolutely adored them and all the little outfits you could get for them.  This was before the Barbie doll, and to my mind, a much superior product. 

My sister and I each had one, mine was a brunette, and hers a blonde.  I eventually ended up with both of them because she was several years older and not really into dolls that much anymore.  I had a little, round, pink, hatbox-type carrying case, the two dolls, and many, many outfits, complete with shoes and accesories.  

One of my fondest memories is going to Lipman Wolfe, a department store that was near our house, going to their toy department, and choosing a new outfit for my doll.  This was something that only happened on special occasions, which made it all that more special. 

Unfortunately, once I had grown up and moved out of my parents house my Betsy dolls were given away, along with a lot of other childhood castoffs.  I probably didn’t care about them much at the time, but a few years later I became interested again and started going to doll shows, only to find dolls exactly like the ones I had owned, but at 6 times the price!  Oh, snap!  If only I had hung on to my dolls!

Anyway, I purchased a blonde doll at one of the doll shows that I attended back in the mid-1980’s.  I payed $65. for her, and she didn’t even have an original outfit or anything.  It took me a long time to even find shoes for her.  I wanted a brunette too, but I couldn’t find one that was in my price range, so I eventually gave up. 

Several years ago I saw some new Betsy McCall dolls in a store, and I just about went crazy!  I wanted one so badly, but they were pretty expensive.  So one year, for my birthday, I conviced my husband to let me buy one.  There was a cute little doll store out in Beaverton, Oregon that I found on the internet.  Sadly, it no longer exists.  But, my kids and I went for a ride and got me my brunette Betsy McCall doll!

She came with a little camisole, socks and shoes.  That was it!  The clothes were $25. or more per outfit!  So, this is what I did.  I got a pattern from JoAnn fabrics, and then I bought two different colors of fabric, and I made my two dolls matching outfits!  I really enjoyed doing it and I think they look fantastic!  See what you think.  

Betsy and Betsy

  I think I will always prefer the Betsy of the 60’s, but I have to admit, they’re both pretty cute.   Here’s a close-up of their sweet faces.  Eat your heart out Barbie!

 
Two sweet Betsys

 

 
 
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