The Marie Osmond Modeling Doll, made by Mattel in 1976, should more properly be called the Marie Osmond Sewing Doll. The doll, designed to teach little girls to sew and “share Marie Osmond’s favorite hobby!” came with patterns and instructions to make a whole wardrobe of clothes for Marie.
The doll, made in a likeness of singer Marie Osmond, stands a whopping 30″ tall. She is all vinyl, jointed at the shoulders, neck and waist. Her torso is molded to look like she is wearing panties and a bustier. She has rooted dark brown side parted hair, painted brown eyes, and a big toothy smile.
She is marked “© OSBRO PROD. 1976” on the back of her head and the same with “U.S.A.” on her neck.
Marie comes dressed in a long pink princess-seamed gown with empire waistline. The bodice is a glittery fabric and the lower sleeves are a sheer nylon tricot trimmed with silver soutache. See her white plastic mules here.
Included with the doll are four pattern sheets and two sheets of instructions to make a basic skirt, pants, top, dress and coat, with variations to make a whole wardrobe of clothes. See the pattern package here. Also included is a stand to hold the doll while you are fitting the clothes on her.
Marie’s box has full color photos on the front and one side, and illustrations on the back and other side to sell the fashion sewing concept. She is described as being suitable for ages over 8.
Copyright 2014 by Zendelle Bouchard