Special Occasion Keepsake Doll

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This keepsake doll is created to celebrate a special occasion in someone’s life. Such an occasion might be a graduation ceremony, a stage performance, an athletic event, a visit to a Palace garden party, etc. The examples shown here are those of a PhD graduation and a ballet performance, but a doll could be created for any special occasion. Details for the creation of the doll are provided by the buyer usually in the form of photographs. Each doll is approximately 40cm/16ins tall.  More details are given below.

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See my other versions of the Keepsake Doll here

Keepsake dolls are made to order. They take many hours of work and require at least 3 weeks between order and dispatch.

Creation of a doll

This doll is created usually from a photograph provided by the customer. The main aim is to re-create the memorable clothing, hairstyle etc. The doll’s face is a standard design. 

These images show the 40cm version of the doll. I can also offer a Keepsake Doll in a smaller version if required (see image). Being smaller the second version is hand sewn and has a slightly chubbier appearance.

Two basic keepsake dolls basic bodies
Two size options for keepsake doll

The basic doll is handmade in calico or strong cotton and measures approximately 40cm tall. 

The colour of the doll’s eyes, hair and skin can be chosen from a limited range.

Skin colours for dolls
Skin colour choices for keepsake dolls
eye shape options for keepsake dolls
Eye shape options

The doll’s clothing is not made to be removed.  

Neither the doll nor its clothing should be washed. Should cleaning ever be required this should be specialist dry cleaning.

Each doll takes many hours to create. If the customer has some remnants of the original fabric for the clothing in question this may be suitable to use provided it is not too thick. Many fabrics don’t lend themselves readily to creating garments on a much smaller scale and can be too bulky. If a suitable fabric is not provided by the customer, I will endeavour to find an alternative that appears as close to the original as possible.

These dolls are display items and are well suited to being kept on the bed or on a chair in the bedroom as were the boudoir dolls of the 1920s. I have written a short blog article about these and boudoir dolls in general.


Work on a doll only begins once payment in full has been received and I have been in contact with you about details and have clarified any points I am unsure about. If you change your mind before work begins you may request a full refund. Once you have agreed my proposal by email and work begins cancellation and refunds are no longer possible.

If you wish to discuss any aspect before placing your order or need further information please contact me using the “Ask a Question” button on this page.

PLEASE NOTE: These dolls are collectibles. They are not designed to be played with by children.

This is a personalised item so it cannot be returned for a refund unless found to be faulty.

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