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Of the prodigious outfit of the doll Bleuette, Poupendol for a long time maintained you miscellaneous "Petit Bob " and sailor's dresses.

But it is necessary not forgot that Bleuette was also dressed in..... Bécassine. They are the two figureheads of " La Semaine de Suzette " who are so reunited.

Bécassine's immediate success from 1905 gave naturally the idea to create for the small doll Bleuette of the Week of Suzette a disguise, pattern of which was published in 1908, three years after the first number.

This one absoluty complete was published in two successive numbers : At first n ° 36-1908: dress and apron, skirt and blouse;

then n ° 37-1908 the dickey, the front, the headgear and the slippers to finish.

In quite six details! Which addressed the skill of little neddle girls more or less endowed for the sewing ...... But from this second number, in back page, direction, having probably heard groaning the girls and maybe also their moms, proposed the complete set, curiously " with shoes ", postage paid , for 3 Francs (Bleuette at this moment was sold 2Fr , 50) ).

" Fore seeing many demands, we made a big number of these suits. Maybe made do us it still enough. Our workers continue to work relentlessly..... "

For the little girls, it was naturally ideal solution. And if it was not the first garment proposed by the House, it was one of the first and certainly the one that was at the origin of the Boom of collections Gautier and then Gautier-Languereau.

This first and very rare suit GAUTIER of time, you can see it in Mrs Couturier and S. Odin's book, page 26.

Only the small apron, a silk originally, misses there.

Note that in this time and in any other one, it is not question of an underskirt of squared Vichy red and white lined socks, either of small trousers lined with laces, or with red and white One notes also that, as in the published pattern, the front is in V-the touch of red of this one does not still exist. It is lined, as well as sleeves and skirt, with a ribbon of black velvet this last one who makes the tour of this one is named in the "Semaine de Suzette " " roue " ( wheel )- what makes image very sure .

The colory, in the " Semaine de Suzette " is " green pea ".

And it left, as well in the newspaper as in the preparation, for more than a half a century with some small variants which allow to date them. It will not leave any more Bleuette and will be always proposed by the catalogues or newspaper.

It seems indeed not to have evolved that since the origin until first world war. Description is always the same. However, in 1916 , the image which one gives it, in a farandole of charming drawn suits, is appreciably different: lighter, more floating and frowned, the plain apron, probably always silky but stopping level with the " roue " (wheel) which it does not cover, the little longer headgear on sides but still lined with lace. It is necessary to compare this on there with that given in1908.

But with the first catalogue, this charming dress evolves in a rather definitive way:

- appearance of the red at the bottom of front,

- wide black velvet wheel, around the skirt,

- and lining wrists in the short, what gives them an aspect of lapel.

- finally the headgear endowed always with its two rather short, hanging wings with a system of button-hole thread behind whom allowed to fit it to the head of the small doll.

It is absolutely charming and very popular for a simple model of disguise. Slippers are doubled with the same red as the corselet. Still, go to see it in Mrs Couturier and S.Odin's book, page 46. We are in 1916-1917, that is in full war. 

 
In 1918, this charming omnipresent disguise evolves still but very slightly: if the dress is unchanged, the apron is now in simple white tissue and does not covers the wheel.

The headgear evolved : Relieved, cleared of its lace, wings sharply longer is beautifully raised on each side from the small face of the doll. A wing in the nape of the neck allows even there to adapt it to the more or less voluminous hairstyle.

Presented with slippers threaded on open work socks of which we ignore the colour they are always not in white and red scores. 

In 1919, scarcity obliges regrettably, the velvet ribbon is replaced by a black fine woollen fabric which holds place of it. See the photo of my girl Bleuette of whom I guaranteed authenticity. I put her hoofs. These do not still exist but will be generally difficult to identify, especially since Bleuette is always difficult to put shoes.From then on, set apart the return of the velvet to decorate the dress, nothing changes until 1922 when are then proposed the first-rate hoofs Bécassine of which can rest at the end of day by threading fawn leather mules ! !

Bécassine vue par le
catalogue 1924/1925 !

In 1922/1923, the dress is presented very long, just over ankles and neither level with knees...

But after this date, the set is really complete and the only one, the whim of the draughtswomen will give the impression of modifications especially of the headgear. Colette, in 1924/1925 presents our little heroine the wings of her headgear to the wind. It gives of the movement to the drawing but is not exact.. 

Our little doll takes advantage of it to inaugurate on the Maggie Salcedo's beautiful drawing of new hoofs, important, for the upper of fawn leather which becomes black in1929. It will be it so until 1927/1928 where the suit sees the skirt shortened in the middle - calf in dark red but always united.

Only once, in 1928/1929, this set will be qualified as " Breton suit ".

And then, finally, doting the i's and crossing the t's , which missed, in winter 1933/1934, appearance of the " famous umbrella of red cotton " which will not last and will not be proposed any more from the summer, 1936..

Only catalogue in which Bécassine is not drawn is the last one of second world war, that of 1941/1942. One looks there in vain the nice draws an outline even though the suit is still proposed.
  And then, in the catalogue of 1949/1950, the first after the war, any proposition of suit. It stopped really with the last catalogue of 1942. On the other hand figures, without drawing, first advertisement for dolls Bécassine in filled tissue, " dressed as heroine of Albums ". She exists at once in two sizes, 34 and 50 cms. We shall know afterward that it is about Reine Dégrais's production. But the suit proposed to sale by Gautier then Gautier-Languereau disappeared definitively .

It is this manufacture Reine Dégrais who will create the trouser, the underskirt of Vichy with small panes red and white, socks constituted with red and white alternated wools. She will create also the basket which had never existed and with which she will endow or not dolls but in supplement as well as of a silhouette of umbrella very simplified in red lightweight felt stuck on a metal sleeve bent back white.

Reine Dégrais will work in symbiosis with drawn Gautier-Languereau, Bécassine reappearing in catalogues, often in the side and of Bleuette's size it is not about Bleuette dressed in Bécassine but in last created dolls. Advertisement for these, for skittles, for idols of cars etc. will be omnipresent until the last front catalogue. In the last one more anything, Reine Dégrais had maybe resumed her independence ! But it is another story.

To finish, we find Bécassine in " La Semaine de Suzette " (The Week of Suzette), in a pattern to dress Bleuette and her sister Rosette, appeared in the album 18, number 63 of February 5, 1959, that is almost to the end of this appearance.

Bécassine will have so accompanied Bleuette and La Semaine de Suzette until the end..

 
Hélène BUGAT-PUJOL

 
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