About a year ago I was on a doll blog I like and I saw a review for this gorgeous doll named Matilda from a new doll company and I fell in love! Not only was Matilda beautiful and unique but she was also from Tudor England! Her story takes place around the rise and fall of Katherine Howard. Where does the genealogy fit in? All of the dolls that A Girl for All Time has made/will make belong to the same family and in fact are descended from their first doll Matilda Marchmont! You can read all about that here and be sure to check out the family tree.
I really really wanted Matilda but I was waiting a bit. I showed her to my mom and talked about her some. I was pretty excited because they are awesome dolls but still I was going to wait till I was done with my list of AG dolls that I wanted. But my mom had another idea! She talked to my best friend to make sure that it was Matilda I wanted and then she bought her for me for Christmas. I was completely shocked!
Yesterday I took a few pictures of her for you all and now after that huge wall of text up there I'm finally getting to them!! After the jump :P
|Her eyes are inset not sleep eyes and she has both real and painted lashes!|
|Profile. If you look closely you can see she is wearing a different dress in this photo. I forgot to take a profile shot before I changed her. Whoops! You'll see that dress in my next post!|
My very, very favorite thing about Matilda is her face! I love that she doesn't look like a cutesy little girl, though I know at least at first her nose can be a bit jarring. She has a very interesting and emotive face that I find absolutely charming. And I love her beautiful blue-grey eyes!
I also love the crazy amount of detail. Check out her hands and feet:
She even has a bellybutton!
And she is stamped on her right side with their pear logo.
Matilda, like AG dolls, is strung with strong elastic. I'm not sure exactly how since I don't have a reason to take her apart and I'm not sure I would even do it if I had a reason!
|That's the inside of her elbow.|
How about a breakdown of her clothing?
She comes dressed in what the company calls "a historically inspired costume of luxurious grey velvet with a plum kirtle, period underwear and petticoat. Court shoes, key necklace and headdress."
Let's start with the hood!
|I have no idea how women kept the real thing in their hair! Google anyone?|
Her dress is actually two pieces.
|Front and back|
And last but not least:
She is also wearing her key necklace. (it belongs her special trunk which is passed down to each of her decedents.)
There is also a book (Matilda's Secret) that tells her story and introduces us to her family and world. Unfortunately it does not come with the doll and I haven't purchased it yet! There is also an activity book called Matilda's Keepsakes and Secrets but I don't have that yet either. Hopefully I will soon. I do have Amelia's book which I will talk about when I write about her!
I hoped you enjoyed this look at Matilda! Look for a second post all about her where I show off my favorite outfit. Till next time!