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Kathe Kruse Doll Clothing in a Nutshell!



Our Kathe Kruse Doll Clothing outfits are impeccably designed with great attention to detail, and they are finely hand-crafted in Germany to be cherished for generations of doll play.

We have hundreds of beautiful Kathe Kruse doll clothing outfits in lots of sizes!   This is a brief introduction to help you more quickly find the perfect doll clothing outfits.

At Blueberry Forest we carry the entire Kathe Kruse Prêt-à-Porter doll clothing collection as well as all of the various Kathe Kruse doll clothing collections made especially to fit each of the types of Kathe Kruse play dolls, baby dolls, and soft fabric Waldorf dolls.

The Kathe Kruse Prêt-à-Porter doll clothing is made in two size ranges:

(1) sizes for Baby Dolls of varying heights

The Kathe Kruse Prêt-à-Porter Baby Doll clothing is proportioned differently than the Kathe Kruse Prêt-à-Porter Play Doll clothing, in order to accommodate for the roly-poly nature of a baby doll's proportions.  So, for example, a Baby Doll outfit designed to fit a 13-15 in. baby doll would be too large for a 13 in. slender play doll.

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(2) sizes for Play Dolls / big girl /best friend-type dolls of varying heights. 

These Kathe Kruse Prêt-à-Porter play doll clothes are for dolls that are meant to look like big kids -- a child's best friend, rather than roly-poly baby dolls.)  The Kathe Kruse Play Doll clothing collection is available in 13.5-15 in. sizes and 15-17 in. sizes; we also have some Play Doll clothing selections in a smaller size to fit dolls smaller than 13 in.

Most Kathe Kruse 13.5 - 15 in. size Prêt-à-Porter play doll clothes generally fit the Kathe Kruse Toni dolls.

Most he Kathe Kruse 15-17 in. size Prêt-à-Porter play doll clothes normally fits the Kathe Kruse Sophie dolls and the Kathe Kruse Elea dolls.

In addition to the Kathe Kruse Prêt-à-Porter doll clothing collection, we also have all of the additional collections of Kathe Kruse doll clothing made especially for all of the different types of Kathe Kruse play dolls (Sophie Dolls, Toni Dolls, Elea Dolls - these three doll collections are the beautiful German-made "European Girl Doll" alternatives to the (American-girl-made-in-China-dolls). . .

Difference between Kathe Kruse Sophie dolls & Kathe Kruse Elea dolls?

Kathe Kruse Sophie dolls & Kathe Kruse Elea dolls both wear the identical size clothing and doll shoes.

Differences:  Their faces are sculpted differently:  Sophie and Elea were sculpted from different models.  Otherwise the two types of dolls are identical in size and composition.  The Kathe Kruse Sophie dolls and the Kathe Kruse Elea dolls both are 16.5 in. tall and wear the identical size clothing.  Their bodies, arms and legs are identical (both have soft, huggable torsos; both have vinyl arms, legs & heads that SWIVEL realistically up and down, left & right - a really nice feature that allows the Kathe Kruse Sophie and the Kathe Kruse Elea doll heads and arms/legs to be realistically posed.

Difference between Kathe Kruse Toni dolls

versus

Kathe Kruse Sophie & Kathe Kruse Elea dolls?

The faces of the Kathe Kruse Toni dolls, the Sophie dolls, and the Elea dolls are sculpted differently from different models.  The three doll collections have their own unique faces, with different eye colors and hair colors available in each of these three play doll collections (Toni, Sophie, and Elea).

The Kathe Kruse Toni dolls are slightly shorter in stature (at 15 in. tall), and the Kathe Kruse Toni bodies are completely made of high-quality vinyl.  Accordingly, the Kathe Kruse Toni doll clothes usually are too small for the Kathe Kruse Sophie and Elea dolls.

In contrast, the Kathe Kruse Sophie and Elea dolls both are taller in stature than the Kathe Kruse Toni dolls:  Sophie and Elea dolls measure 16.5 in. tall.  (Some of the Kathe Kruse Sophie and Elea doll clothing can fit the Kathe Kruse Toni dolls reasonably well, if you don't mind the clothes being slightly larger.  However, Kathe Kruse Toni shoes DO NOT FIT Kathe Kruse Sophie & Elea dolls, and vice versa.

While the Toni dolls are all-vinyl (including their torso), the Kathe Kruse Sophie & Kathe Kruse Elea dolls both have soft torsos.  This is another reason why the Toni doll clothing generally is too small for the Kathe Kruse Sophie & Elea dolls -- their tummies have padding whereas Toni dolls don't have soft torsos/torso padding.  The Sophie & Elea clothing can fit the Toni dolls, if you don't mind a more generous fit.  But for a perfect fit for the Toni dolls, stick with the Toni doll clothing.

We also have doll clothing to fit the Kathe Kruse Lolle dolls, doll clothing for Lolle's baby sister Kikou -- the Kikou dollsChild of Fortune dolls, and many more), Kathe Kruse baby dolls (for example the 18 in. "real baby" size Bambina baby dolls, 13 in. Mini-Bambina dolls, 12 in. Bath Baby dolls, 13 in. My Fortune baby dolls, and lots more), and the Kathe Kruse Waldorf dolls (10.5 in. Mini It's Me Dolls, 13 in. Flippippi Dolls15 in. Waldorf Dolls, 8 in., 12 in., and 18 in. baby dolls, and many more. 

See all Kathe Kruse Doll Clothing collections. 

Does Kathe Kruse make doll clothing for the Kathe Kruse 15 in. Waldorf dolls?

Kathe Kruse does not make a separate collection of doll clothing for the 15 in. Waldorf dolls, because all of the Kathe Kruse Sophie Doll Clothing, Kathe Kruse Toni Doll Clothing, and Kathe Kruse Elea doll clothing outfits fit the 15 in. Waldorf dolls.  There are also many Prêt-à-Porter doll clothing outfits that fit the 15 in. Waldorf dolls.

Kathe Kruse Quality - Made in Germany for over 125 years! 
The original WAHM . . .

Just imagine: the original work-at-home-mother, Kathe Kruse, 125 years ago, working and sewing into the wee hours of the nights long after her children had gone to sleep. . .  Fast forward 125 years:  her company continues to make the classic dolls that are known world-wide as among the most beautiful dolls in the world.

Kathe Kruse has been making beautiful dolls and doll clothing for over 125 years and the expertise, skill, and love for children that goes into every design is part of the Kathe Kruse hallmark.  The Kathe Kruse doll company is a major European company, with worldwide sales and doll collector fans.  Most impressive is that the company was founded by a mother, working at night to sew and create a lovely play doll for her own child. 

The dolls of that era were pretty, frilly, fussy dolls, made of breakable porcelain, and just not conducive to being a real baby doll for a child to hug, and love, and snuggle to sleep with, and really play with.  After Kathe Kruse had a new baby, her first child asked her to make a baby of her own, so that she could care for her own baby, just as her mother cared for her new baby sister.

With the help of Max Kruse, Kathe Kruse's husband and renowned sculptor in his own right, Kathe Kruse developed the original Kathe Kruse dolls for her own children.  Everyone who saw the dolls loved them and asked Kathe Kruse if she could make one for them.  Through word of mouth demand increased and the dolls even became famous overseas, to the point where Kathe Kruse received her first truly large order, from a major American toy store - to be shipped overseas in time for Christmas! 

The rest is history:  over the course of the past 125 years Kathe Kruse and Max Kruse, and subsequently several of their children continued the business, making some of the most beautiful and well-loved dolls in the world.  It is a wonderful testament to the beauty that one woman has been able to create in the world, for the benefit of countless children, and generations of children, worldwide.  Truly an inspiration for everyone; but especially for young girls and women.


See our many Kathe Kruse Doll Clothing Collections


See Kathe Kruse Dolls collection, baby toys, home furnishing, and much more!  Kathe Kruse in Germany has been making the most beautiful - well - EVERYTHING! for babies and children for more than 125 years!

 

Thank you for your interest in our extensive family of handcrafted, high quality European toys, wooden toys, puppets, handmade dolls, playhouses, games, and baby gifts.  We are continuously adding new baby care items, blocks and puzzles, heirloom wooden toys, baby toys, HABA toys, Kathe Kruse toys, Selecta toys, German toys, toddler toys and learning toys, so please check back often!  If you can't find what you are looking for, or if you have suggestions for baby toys or European toys you'd like to see us carry, please email us!
 

 

 
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