Gwennie is very dear to me. She was my first Sasha doll and she is a BIII studio doll. Gwennie is an early studio doll made in the 1940’s to the 1950’s. Her head is made of gypsum and her cloth body is stuffed with wood shavings. Over time, the acid in the shavings weakened her body along with the play wear. Here is a photo of Gwennie taken a few years ago. The following photos show the damages to her body up close. You can see holes and a thinning of the fabric. The fabric was beginning to tear and spilt even just by gently removing an outfit.
I talked with Brigitte Schwitter about Gwennie’s condition and she offered to make a new body for Gwennie. Yay! So, I removed Gwennie’s head with the help of my husband and sent her body to Brigitte. The old body is needed for its inner parts. Brigitte made a wonderful, new body for Gwennie that will last for many years to come. She returned part of the original fabric which will stay with Gwennie and be a part of her history.
Gwennie’s new body! Perfect and strong. Rick and I carefully reattached her beautiful head.
Here is sweet Gwennie today and dressed in a school girl studio outfit that is tagged. She looks so much better with her new sturdy body. I am so grateful to Brigitte for her taking on the task of making this body and doing it so beautifully and expertly. A wonderful outcome!
I can now look forward to dressing Gwennie in different outfits as the seasons come and go. Thank you for visiting with us today. 😊