In the spring of 1901, Olga had typhoid fever and was confined to the nursery for several weeks away from her younger sisters.
Others felt Tatiana's artistic talents were better expressed in handiwork and in her talent for choosing attractive fashions and creating elegant hair styles.
Her mother's friend Anna Vyrubova later wrote that Tatiana had a great talent for making clothing, embroidery and crochet and that she dressed her mother's long hair as well as any professional hair stylist.
Tatiana was described as tall and slender, with dark auburn hair and dark blue-gray eyes, fine, chiseled features, and a refined, elegant bearing befitting the daughter of an Emperor.
She was considered the most beautiful of the four grand duchesses by many courtiers.
Of all her sisters, Tatiana most closely resembled their mother.