This Madame Alexander Cissy doll has such a sweet face, but she does have some imperfections. The outfit she is wearing, however, makes up for some of her flaws.
We'll take the outfit first. The darling dress, created by an expert seamstress, is made of the same 1950s fabric that M. Alexander used for the pink and blue dresses for 14-inch and 17-inch Maggies except that the pattern is a silvery-grey. There is a picture included of my Maggie dress next to Cissy's dress.This fabric had survived for all these years without being used. It is crisp, the pattern is still raised due to not having been washed, and the sheen is just beautiful.
The dress features a sweetheart neckline with Val lace trim, tiny pearls to mimic buttons down the front, banded puff sleeves and full skirt. A rich red grosgrain ribbon is looped through two tiny MOP buckles on each side of the waist and ties into a pretty bow in the back. Four small square snaps for closure.
Under the dress, Cissy wears a vintage factory slip of white taffeta with netting ruffle trimmed with red rickrack. Elastic is good in waist. Don't know what doll this slip was original to, but it is not a Cissy slip. She wears white taffeta Cissy panties that have a light stain on front and have not been washed.
Elastic is a little relaxed, but no problem staying up. She is wearing vintage seamed stockings that may be original Cissy, but not quite sure. They are in good condition--very slightly loose at the tops. Her high heels are the original red bases with red felt insole. They previously had red elastic, but I was not paying attention to see that the doll had slid slightly down in her stand and stretched the elastic out.
It was replaced with white ankle-strap elastic and a vintage elastic with red trim over the toes. What a job that was! The hat is a Cissy hat and is original to the white organdy summer gown.
The white horsehair trim around the edges had damage so was removed to make the hat useful for daytime dresses with red trim. The lilies are in very good condition, and I added a sprig of vintage flowers to cover the stems of the lilies. The sprig is just nestled to cover the stems and has no permanent attachment.
They stay in place just fine unless the hat is moved around. The hatband is unstretched and is up in the crown. Cissy's accessories include a vintage watch with red elastic band, a tiny pearl ring that is not vintage, a pearl necklace (not sure of vintage) and a cute red and white plastic cannister with a lid that opens to hold her necessities.
I think this is a vintage item. The doll has no issues with her vinyl arms. She does have splits at the top of both legs and rubs at the inside of her legs at the top. There are no splits in the sheaths above her knees, and there is no crotch split. Her knees bend to sit.
I did notice a small line proceeding from the knee "slit" on the right knee when in the sitting position. I can't really feel a crack, but it is something I haven't seen on a Cissy before.
I don't have room to add pictures of these things on the listing, but I do have pictures available and would be happy to supply them if you want to see. Stringing seems fine on the doll except that her head bobs when moved. Her head poses easily, but she probably has her original head band, and I know those can give way at any time. I see a little bit of blush remaining on her knees and her right hand, but her cheek color is gone. Her eyes are a green-blue, and they open and close like they should.
She has all of her brush lashes and painted ones. Her eyebrows are light, but all there, and her lip color looks good to me.Her medium blonde wig is in its original set, but it does have some weakness. When she first came to me, I was going to do some work on her hair, but right away, a lock of her hair came loose (which I immediately put back with a hairpin and vowed to not touch her hair again, which I haven't). I have included a picture of that. Even with her flaws, she is a pretty display Cissy--and with such a great outfit. She is from a non-smoking home and is being offered to USA BUYERS ONLY.
Again, please let me know if you would like to see pictures of the described damage to the hard plastic. Thanks very much for taking a look! Don't know what's happened to the postal service, but I hope they get it fixed! The item "SWEET-BUT-NOT-PERFECT VINTAGE CISSY IN ADORABLE DAYTIME OUTFIT" is in sale since Tuesday, August 11, 2020. This item is in the category "Dolls & Bears\Dolls\By Brand, Company, Character\Madame Alexander\Vintage (Pre-1973)\1948-59".The seller is "momsbrg" and is located in Stephenville, Texas. This item can be shipped to United States.