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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!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Fun stuff from a Friend

Last week a friend came to visit me.  She had recently emptied a storage unit and found some doll items she thought I might like. Some of the items had been her daughters, and some had been hers. Of course I would like them!

 These are some sculpy clay creations that her daughter played 
with when she was little. They are all the perfect size to fit in Toni's kitchen.

 Aren't these adorable?

Toni getting ready for a feast.

 Next was this vintage hand knit baby sweater.

Very sweet.

 This adorable flannel night gown that was made for THEIR
Kirsten doll nearly 12 or 13 years ago.

How cute is that?

And the best thing in my opinion...
This little fur coat and hat made by her mother for her 
when she was a girl.  The coat would fit a 14" or possibly a 16" doll,
 I decided to put it on my Cricket.

 She needed some furry boots, so I made her these.

 I added this bit of color and bling to the hat.

This pink buckle is just a pin that happened to be in the bag with the doll clothes.

Cricket is ready for some cold weather now!

Thank you my dear friends for sharing these with me!

Friday, December 02, 2016

Some things lost and somethings new

I recently did a really dumb thing.  I put a small box in the donation bag without looking inside.  I didn't bother because it was so light I was sure it was empty.  SIGH, I didn't think how little small doll clothes would weigh.  Yes, I accidentally threw out a whole batch of doll clothes I had made.
These 2 dresses were in the box.

These 2 nightie and robe sets.

These shoes I had made.

  This plaid dress and her 1956 wool coat!

 This evening gown.

 This little dress.

And this original Alice in Wonderland dress!

Well, I was distraught, as you may imagine. It is not the dollar value of these items, but the fact that I made most of them and the ones I didn't make are not easily replaceable.


I pulled myself together and took a look online to see what was out there.  Maybe some vintage dresses for Toni would make me feel better?
  I found this brown dress first.

It is vintage from the 1950s.  

Next I bid on this 1950s Circle P doll and lot of vintage dresses. 
I won the bid!
 I didn't keep the doll, so she is now with another doll lover.
I washed the dresses and gave them a press. The red and white dress needs a slip and the green taffeta plaid did not fit, but I will do some research and see what doll it is meant for.

This red and black print dress is adorable.

 I have to say the same of this blue gingham. 
OH! and the 2 pair of shoes you see were in the package with the dresses, 
but never mentioned on the ad!

 This evening gown is lovely.

I added the little jewel to the waistline to add some bling.
You can see close-up that the skirt used to have spangles of glitter or something like it.  I decided to leave it alone and just add a bit of sparkle on the waistline.

Then I started remaking and creating some new dresses.
 You'll recognize the red plaid I remade.

I used a different ribbon for the bow, but I may switch for a lace bow like the original.

Then I saw this red stripe dress on Pinterest and thought, 
"Hey I have some small stripe fabric!"

Not identical, but I like it.

 I had started this evening gown, but decided to make it a lounging gown.

 The replacement Peignoir.

I did happily still have the pink houseshoes!

Lastly, as I was searching ebay for possible dress additions I came across this...

I won the bid and it's on its way!

I have yet to start some new dresses for Alice, but they are next. 
And always look inside boxes before they are sent to donation!