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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Madame Alexander Cissy Doll

AS usual I was thrifting and almost passed by the doll pile every thrift store seems to have.  
I did a double take before it registered what I was seeing.
 Un-believable! A Madame Alexander Cissy doll from the 1950s
AND wearing her original dress!!

 She was dirty and needed some TLC.

 My biggest worry was her hair.  This is a wig which 
means I must be VERY careful how I handle it.

 Label in her dress.

She got the usual baking soda wash.
She was very yellow.  I'm not sure what causes this.
Usually it is cigarette smoke, but she had no odor at all.

This is yellow from her eyes.  I used a swab dipped in alcohol.

Here she is!

 Her lace is yellowed on the left side.

Previous owner fixed a tear on her skirt.

 I love the back of this dress.  
Look at all those pleats!

I made her earrings and a bracelet.

 Here she is in another vintage dress.

I made her a hat.

And one more vintage outfit.


Saturday, February 04, 2017

New Dresses for Alice

I recently posted about having carelessly let a whole box of doll clothes I had made get thrown out.
Yes, I did.  Because I did not look in a box- all gone.

 Alice's original Wonderland dress was in the box.

 As was this blue dress I handmade and...

these two matching Christmas dresses I made and some more.  I was so upset and wondered for awhile what I would do.  I finally decided to look for pre-made dresses online. I first found dresses from the 1950s for Toni. Lately I have been searching for dresses for my 8" Alice.

The first dress I found was this Madame Alexander blue striped dress.  I thought this might make a great Alice in Wonderland replacement dress! I would have to add an apron and shoes, but I liked it. I waited for it to arrive to be sure it would fit - it fit perfect! So I started looking for other Madame Alexander dresses.  Next came this dress...

The ad said this was a Canadian dress.  I liked the green dress and the bonnet was adorable!  I am not so fond of the purple apron and collar.  I thought it would really be sweet with a white apron. SO, I set it aside and kept looking.

Next I found an ad with TWO dresses together.  I snapped them up and they are adorable!

 I think these are both Little Women dresses. This is Meg's dress

                I love the little pin decoration at the collar - so sweet!

         And this is Beth's dress.  Look at those tiny pleats!

               These dresses are so adorable and have such beautiful details!

 Remember the Canada dress?  I added Meg's apron and doesn't it look great!?

Love this bonnet.

As I was getting ready to snap photos of Alice's new dresses I realized I still needed an apron for her Wonderland dress. 
                  And here it is!  I love how this turned out. Here she is all ready for adventure.

I used some bric-a-brac I had in my fabric bin. 
Not bad, I think I like it.

I almost forgot! Look at these adorable shoes and stripe stockings!

So, Alice and Toni have a new wardrobe and I have had fun shopping for them.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Effanbee 1965 Campfire Girl Doll

 I found this 1965 Campfire doll at a thrift store.

 She had her hat and her full uniform, only missing her socks.

 She was very dirty.

 She has stains on her feet from her black shoes.

 Her clothes had the usual musty age odor of older dolls.

 I almost didn't wash her hair, but I'm glad I did.

Her hair was definitely more shiny for the wash.

 I used my usual wig shampoo and conditioner and baking soda paste for her body.

 Her clothes were put in a soak while she had her bath.

 It's gratifying to see all this dirt come away.

 Sadly she has some discoloration on her body.

 The stains on her feet would not come out.
I may try a benzoyl peroxide treatment.

 While her clothes are dying I dressed her in a vintage dress.

 She still has a few flyaway hairs, but smells fresh.

Very sweet!

She borrowed a nightie from my Hearts for Hearts dolls.

 The next morning her clothes were pressed.

 Here she is with new socks.

Fresh and clean!