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Monday, June 29, 2015

A little place of her own

This is Alice
 We introduced Alice in an earlier post.

 She is an Effenbee 'Alice in Wonderland doll'.
Here she is in her original outfit.

Alice has been hanging out in my sewing room.

I found these 2 little wicker seats at a thrift store and
I thought they might be Alice's size. Which started me 
thinking that she really needs a little place of her own.

 I had this homemade piece that was originally going to be
an American Girl couch.  I found it on a shelf in the garage.
I painted it pink and added the ruffle for a daybed.

 Added a mattress...

 Made a mini-quilt.

 Added some pillows

 While I was at it, I made some cushions for the wicker seats.

And here is Alice in her little room.

Something new!

 I finally finished Alice's second dress.
This is all hand sewn with needle and thread.
I just find it easier for this small size dress.

 She has a matching bonnet.

  Here you can see a new background/wall for Alice's room.
Although it is a bit dark and I may change it.

She also has a green box as an end table and a Cheshire Cat.
She has a carpet and...

A new wardrobe for her little dresses!

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Black Cloth Doll Makeover

Black Cloth Doll Makeover

I have long wanted an American Girl Addy's Ida Bean doll.
I love her earrings and dress, and I just love miniature dolls.


I got this little 6" doll with some other doll items.
At first I thought, I'd just put her in my donation bag, 
but then I wondered if I could give her a makeover?

First I popped off those bead eyes - too big!
Her little smile I liked, but I felt like she needed more stuffing.
I opened her side seam and added some more stuffing
to plump up her face a little.

I pulled off the strange 'sticking-up' hair and
I used cotton embroidery thread to make French knots all over her head.

This doll had faded a bit and the beads left unfaded spots, but I am just going to ignore them.
I embroidered some new eyes, gave her some earrings, a flower and a bracelet.

I had made this little dress for an 8" doll.
It turned out a little too small, so I left it in my sewing box.
I thought I might find another use for it, then I saw this little doll.
Would it fit this little girl??

Yes it did! And so cute!
I added a little kerchief apron and she is lovely!

Before      &       After
I am so pleased with this doll.
I feel like I gave her a new life.
We are going to call her Abby.

Abby got some new shoes!

 The shoes turned out slightly different for each foot, ah well.

But, sadly her feet are not quite the same size.
I like how the bows slim her ankle a bit.

I think Abby likes her shoes.

Another addition!

 Well, I finally got around to making her some pantaloons.

NOW I feel that she is really complete!