from Godey's Lady's Book &
Magazine - 1865
"First cut a piece of cardboard three inches in
diameter, and cover this with lining. Then join
a piece of blue French merino or
mousseline-de-laine, four inches long, and
of exactly the same size round as the round of
cardboard. Sew the bottom of the merino which
composes the gypsy’s skirt to the cardboard
neatly, and then fill the skirt with bran.
Dress the body of a small doll, with china head
and hands, in a scarlet bodice and sleeves;
stand the doll in the midst of the bran, and
draw the blue skirt tightly round its waist,
afterwards securely fastening it.
Make a little scarlet cloak with hood, and line
both hood and cloak with new white glazed
lining. Ornament the cloak with white glass
beads, threaded and put on in twos, and draw the
hood round the gypsy’s face.
Thread a few gold beads for a necklace, and
twist them round her neck, and make a basket out
of a piece of cardboard, with a wire handle,
first threading a few beads on the wire to hide
it. Fill this basket with a few needlefuls of
thread, cotton, etc., tied to imitate skeins,
and fasten it to the gypsy’s arm.
Cut two small pieces of cardboard, and with a
pen and ink mark them to imitate playing cards,
and sew one to the dress, the other tie to the
The front of the skirt is ornamented with three
rows of beads."