Vintage Sewing Sets with Dress Me Dolls
by Donna W. Brown
During colonial times little girls were given a needle and thread as soon as they could hold them in their tiny hands and were expected to learn to repair laundry and darn socks. There were skills to be learned, but in their spare time girls were given lessons on how to embroider linens and crochet lace for table clothes and dresses.
During the Victorian Era many companies began manufacturing sewing sets to both entertain little girls and train them in household duties. Many of these sewing sets came in wooden boxes or cardboard suitcases and contained not only thread, fabric, notions but a doll, often called dress me dolls. More…