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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Charlotte & Christa

I've been in my sewing room again.
I wanted to make another dress for Christa.

I wanted something blue for her.
I have used a favorite pattern of mine.

Christa & Charlotte together wearing their
two dresses from this same pattern.

 Here they are in their new bedroom.

 Pretty cute if I do say so myself!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Another Miss Chips I Couldn't Resist

I saw this doll when I was researching Miss Chips online.
She was still on eBay the other day and so I made an offer on her and they accepted!

 Here she is just opened the box.

 Her face is faded and her clothes need freshening up.

She look so sad!
She definitely needs some color on her face.

 Her hair is really matted in back.

 When I undressed her there was a nasty crack on her back.

I put her clothes in to soak.
That is a lot of years of dirt and dust!

I decided to clean her before working on the crack.
We used our usual cleaning products.

Hair wash first.

 Here she is all fresh and brushed.

Her hair is in pretty good shape.

 I laid her dress and apron out to dry.

 I used a fabric 'bandaid' covered in Liquid Nails.
The Liquid Nails bonds with the plastic and the fabric 
I used the clamp to try and hold the plastic together, but 
not all together successful

 Eventually I got the clamp in a slightly better position and 
after drying overnight, it looks pretty good.

There was another smaller crack here
which seems to be holding well.

Here are the 2 Miss Chips side by side.
You can see how much the new doll has faded.

 Here she is with some fresh lip and cheek color!
Much better, she doesn't look sad anymore.

 Here she is back in her original dress.

Very pretty!

 And here she is in a borrowed 18" doll dress.

 These are shoes I bought for Cricket and Velvet, but they fit
the Miss Chips dolls too.

 Here are both my Miss Chips wearing
two new dresses I made for them.

Now I need a name for our Newest Miss Chips.....

I was thinking maybe,

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Miss Chips is here!

Remember this doll?
Well I got her!
She is a 1965 Effanbee Miss Chips Bride Doll

 Here she is just arrived.

 I can't wait to get to work on her!

Her bouquet and headpiece are quite fragile, so 
I will do some research on how to refresh them.

She has stockings and satin slippers.

 I got a nice note from the seller.


Here is her hair in back.
She is in great condition, but needs a bath.

 She had this white fuzz on her eye lashes.  
I brushed it with a dry toothbrush and it came off.

 I put her dress and underthings in to soak.
I used cold water and a little dawn.
I washed and rinsed about 4 times, then added 
a tiny bit of bleach in the last rinse.

 She was a bit dirty, this is just from the elastic waist of her slip.
Over time it can deteriorate and leave a mark.

I washed her hair with wig shampoo and conditioner.

 Her body was washed with baking soda and water - carefully avoiding her eyes.

 Here she is in a borrowed nighty and penoir.
She seems to be able to wear some of my Miss Revlon clothes!


Well Miss Chips has had all night for her hair and clothes to dry.

Her gauze slip was a little undone by the wash, but
the elastic is deteriorated anyway,

 SO I borrowed an
extra slip from my Miss Revlon, Camelia.

I also had this little bustier I made for
Camelia, but it fits Miss Chips very nicely.
 Her hair has become straight, but I will recurl it later.

 Here she is in her underdress and a veilette I put together.

She is wearing a pearl necklace borrowed from Elizabeth Cole.

Here she is with her overskirt - so pretty!
The fabric kept its body and has a nice full skirt.
I made her a bouquet as well,
just until I see how to freshen up her original.

Very pretty!

Her satin slippers are also on the freshen up list,
so she borrowed these little white shoes.

 Here she is in some more borrowed clothes.
This is an AG sweater and Miss Revlon capris.

 Cute hairband and necklace.

 These shoes I found also fit her.

 She can also fit in Crissy's tops and dresses!
 Here she is in one of Crissy's favorite dresses
and matching headscarf.

 Here she is with re-curled hair!
The curl came back great!
And this is another Crissy dress,
which looks great on her!
Very pretty!

Now she needs a name, I can't keep calling her Miss Chips.
I was thinking about

Any other suggestions?