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RACHELLE -that's me. The one you usually see at my table at miniatures shows in some kind of big floppy hat. I love hats and that's one of my favorite items to make in miniature along with all kinds of dolls, clothing, costuming kits and accessories. I have available a constantly changing selection of dressed miniature dolls and doll costumes for display in a setting, as well as a sampling of kits to dress miniature dolls and make miniature accessories. I also sell the tools and raw materials to design and make your own creations. A few undressed dolls are available for you to dress yourself. You may request photographs of currently available one of a kind uniquely dressed porcelain creations and kits from a variety of porcelain doll makers. I will also fill custom orders of dolls, hats, wigs or costumes.

I am in the process of preparing a new online store.  Its beginnings can be accessed by clicking on "Go Shopping" - listed above.

I have been a miniaturist for over 20 years. A number of years ago I took the plunge and started my own miniature doll costuming and accessories business, by Rachelle, traveling to shows, creating special, one of a kind orders and selling on my website, which I am also in the process of updating. Look for a how-to article to dress a flapper in a Chanel inspired 'Little Black Dress' that appeared in the Fall 2002 issue of "Dolls in Miniature" Magazine. My article in the September 2000 "Miniature Collector Magazine" teaches how to make a faux-smocked contemporary nightgown.

I'm actually a bit of a Jack-of-all trades. I am trained as an accountant and do special projects as a consultant at various firms. I'm monitor (teacher's assistant) in a life drawing class at the Art Student's League in Manhattan and I sing opera, cabaret and musical theater. I teach doll costuming and I teach voice, am a member of  NAME,  a past corresponding secretary for Big Apple Miniaturists in Manhattan, was  Administrator and have taught online at  minidollU, the  online miniature doll workshop site.  I continue to sell and teach at shows and have expanded my skills into larger cloth art dolls, full sized painting and drawing and wearable art, some of which will appear on this website in the near future.


The following pictures show a small sample of some of my work. Please click on a photo to see a larger version.


Sarah is costumed in black silk mourning in an 1896 Promenade Outfit.  Her black straw hat is decorated with black flowers and feathers and she carries a black silk parasol which is trimmed with black lace. The porcelain was poured and painted by Jan Smith from a Teresa Glisson mold. The costume and hair were designed and executed 'by Rachelle'.

Formal Couple

This lovely couple is dressed for a formal affair. She is in a Civil War Era ball gown of white dotted tan silk which is trimmed in lace and white floral braid. She carries a lace fan and wears a "pearl" necklace.  Her elegant upswept viscose hairstyle is decorated with a lovely hair ornament.  She was poured and painted by Elaine Kothe and coifed and dressed 'by Rachelle.'
Her dapper companion is dressed in white tie and tails.  His suit is of black cotton broadcloth.  The tails are lined in black swiss cotton batiste. His vest is of white silk satin and his shirt is of white swiss cotton batiste. He was poured and painted by Jan Smith from a Janna Joseph mold and costumed and wigged 'by Rachelle.' 


This demure young lady is attired in an elegant white silk satin gown trimmed in lace. Her headpiece is adorned with a cotton net veil and some of the same flowers that are found in her lovely round bouquet.
This sweet bride was poured and painted by Jan Smith from  Parker Levi's Cyrene mold . Her gown, hair and accessories were designed and executed 'by Rachelle'.

Long Sleeve Wedding Dress
This long sleeved white china silk wedding gown on a Chrysnbon mannequin is trimmed with white picot edged silk ribbon.  The composite bow at the rear of the waist is vintage ribbonwork in silk ribbon.  The train has been draped to lie in natural looking folds.
Toddler's dress with panties and bonnet.
Here are front and back views of a Toddler's Dress of micro checked cotton with lace trimmed panties and tie-on bonnet on a hanger to display in your dollhouse nursery or roombox. (Clothes rack not included).

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