|Gown of Lucy Hayes, wife of Rutherford B. Hayes|
I'm not quite sure yet just how I want to go about it, but I did acquire two good visual references, both by Dover, for the project. I found them at the gift shop at Hyde Park while we were touring Franklin D. Roosevelt's home this week. Since these are coloring books, they show the design lines of the gowns more clearly than photographs, and I can try out various ideas by using them as a croquis.
I might use Colette Wolff's "Veronica" pattern, which makes a doll tall enough (24") to carry a lot of detail. And she already has a selection of patterns for authentic, historical gowns to give me the basic shapes. Certainly I have enough Barbie dolls to do the whole bunch of First Ladies, but Barbie's "star quality,"--her instantly recognizable persona--tends to shine through whatever she wears.