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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Doll Shoe Sizes

I have had a great time lately with my thrift store doll finds and eBay purchases, but finding shoes for them in the right sizes has been a puzzle.  Many of the shoe sizes listed on eBay and other sale sights have varying measurements and sizing that don't always agree! I have tried to make up a chart for the doll shoes I KNOW.  This is just about what has worked for me and my dolls.  
So I hope this might help someone else.
I have found that it is better to go by inch or mm measurements than by shoe size.
For example I have found a 54mm shoe called a Size 8 AND a Size 6.  So when in doubt measure!
Here is a more exhaustive chart from another website.  

The chart I have made below focuses mainly on my personal doll collection shoe sizing experience.
I started this chart to keep by my computer when I am shopping for doll shoes.
If you print this out make sure the 1 inch box measures 1 inch.

 Here is my Effanbee 15" doll and my two Crissy Dolls
Believe it or not, all three are wearing the same size shoe. 
58mm - 2 3/8"

Even though my Crissy's have a narrower foot
than my Effanbee, they work for both.

My Effanbee has a wider foot, but also a slightly shorter foot.
The next size smaller is 54mm and it is definitely too small for my 15" doll.

Here is my 15" Effanbee next to my 14" Hearts for Hearts Doll.
You can see that the 15" doll's foot is wider.

Here are the 2 sizes side by side.
Left is 58mm, the right is 54mm.

This is the pink 54mm shoe on my Hearts for Hearts doll.

This is a 65mm shoe on my 17" Ideal Ruth Doll.
I thought for sure she would be able to wear my AG doll shoes.

In this picture you can see that her toes do not really go to the end of the shoe,
but the next size smaller is 58mm, again, too small.

This is my Effanbee 9" doll.
She wears a 28mm shoe.
Both her 2 pair of shoes I got off 8" dolls from thrift stores.

Well, I found buying doll shoes was not all that simple, so I hope this helps someone else!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Restringing my china baby doll

This is the China Baby my grandmother painted for me when I was a little girl.  She has never been properly strung due to the fact that there are no hooks inside her limbs.
 She has always been kind of jury-rigged.
My grandmother originally used sewing elastic which did not hold up over the years. 
I have done some research but since this is not a
regular manufactured doll, I could never find a better way to string her together.
SO, I am still trying to hold her together the best I can.
Poor baby!
Here she is in 5 pieces. You can see the clips we have used.

They are actually safety pins for buttons that have 
masking tape on the ends to keep them from damaging the china.
I know, what?

I started with her left leg and looped the 5mm
elastic through the pin.

 I then criss-crossed the elastic to the opposite arm.
I used the needle nosed pliers to grab the elastic and draw it out.

I threaded the elastic through the pin in each arm.

Here she is with arms and legs criss-crossed with elastic.

You can see here how I have drawn all the elastic 
through the right arm hole.
(You can see my grandmother's signature)

At this point I tie all the elastic together and
reinsert it all into her arm hole.

Here she is all restrung.  Her limbs never fit really well together.
It's important not to string porcelain or china dolls too tight
as they can be damaged or cracked.
If any of you doll experts out there have a better solution I would be grateful for suggestions!!



Christening gown and bonnet.

This is her basket bed that I made for her years ago.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Boil Perm for my1953 Ideal Ruth Doll

This is a 1953 Ideal Ruth doll, but I call her Belinda.

She had very straight saran hair.

I tried a cold water curl with small rollers.

all I got was a soft wave, so I debated for a few days about whether to try a boil perm.
I read mixed results with this type of saran hair, but decided in the end to try it.

Here she is all rolled up.
I actually dipped each curl in 
a shallow dish of hot water that I heated in my kettle.
It was not actually boiling water, but just less than a boil.
Each curl has to be saturated with the hot water.
The next day I had to create reasons to stay out of the house 
so I would not be tempted to unroll her too early.

My patience paid off!
I love her new curls!

Here is the back.

I'm very happy with how Belinda looks with her new curls.

Here she is with her pals Gabby and Annie

Sunday, September 13, 2015

1953 Ideal Ruth Doll

This is a 1953 Ideal Ruth Doll.
She has a hard plastic body and a vinyl head with rooted hair.

She came in this vintage red print dress.

She has saran hair, which is in amazing condition.
(saran hair is a form of nylon strand hair that is very dense)

 She has a couple dark spots.  Here and...


 Her legs are fine and she had her shoes!
I listed her on eBay with the pictures above and she didn't sell.
(I know what was I thinking?)

So, I made her a new dress thinking this might make her more appealing to buyers
And then I said to myself, "She's adorable, why am I selling her?"
At this point we decided to keep her and call her Belinda.

 I wanted to curl her hair and first tried these sponge rollers.
Not much happened.

 Next I tried smaller perm rods.
I am trying these curls with just cold water, but may try a boil perm.
Here is a good tutorial with photos:
How to do a Boil Perm

Well, after 2 days in curl rods all I got was some slight waves.
I am still a bit scared of doing the boil perm though.

Anyway, I made this new dress for
Belinda and found a pair of socks that fit her.

 I made this using Kirsten's dress pattern with Molly's collar.
There is a link to download these patterns here:
American Girl Doll Retired Patterns

 And, here are some more shots of the first dress.

 She has such a sweet face.

She reminds me of one of Marcella's Dollies.

A great find and a great addition to my collection!