the outfit, not the doll was a Swap for a precious lady on a doll list I belong to. As I sewed it I tried to imagine what SHE would think of it. She does some of the best sewing I have ever seen when it comes to doll clothes. I have some lovely outfits she did for some of my girls...this was the first I did for her. The following are ones she did for my girls...
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Ever mark time by what happened at what time of year? Like "oh that was the Easter we had a late snow or That was our last Christmas with so and so" .... I do that often. Whenever Christmas comes along I ask the Lord to NOT let someone I love die then... We thought my mom would pass away near a Christmas one year...but the Lord heard my prayer. It was just a short time after her 80th that she left us. Now I face my Dad getting older and weaker. He is 87 now and he misses mom something fierce. It is during the times I think on these things I turn to my dolls the most. I find solace in them. They do not die and leave me...they live on if cared for. Someone somewhere is waiting to love them again. I guess I should change my name to Granny's RE-loved dolls. Just a melancoly time of year for me.
Monday, October 22, 2012
After looking a the wigs I had available...this one seems made for her. She seems to like it!
I was searching on the net and found this Rosebud by Horsman. Looks like my girl. Made around 1929
Started to work on her. She needed cracks filled, cleaning and painting where it was missing and then sealing...ready to dress.
Don't you just love her face? I sure do.
Well it took a while but now Dec 2013 She has her dress. She made me think of Little Orphan Annie so I tried to dress her close to what i was thinking...
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Maggie and Orpha brought me their child hood dolls to be re-stored. I don't like to do things half way. I want them to be beautiful. The cost to me is not important. Most is my labor. I just enjoy it more then I want to make a lot of money doing this. Maggie brought me one and Orpha brought 3.
This is Maggie's doll. 1950s Magic Skin...
the legs and one arm are NOT salavageable. Maggie said to replace them with what I could find. On eBay there is not much in this...so I will probably cannibalize a doll I have here that has the right shape arms and legs...
I scalped her!
this will be the sacrifice.... poor baby
Ack! I killed her!
today is November 5 2012 and Maggie's doll I hope is finished.
so some sewing on the slip and pressing...they both need snaps or fasteners of some kind and maybe some lace or other embellishments
I don't think her clothes that came with her, did her justice so I made her some new ones.
Soft vinyl stuffed all in one body. Large bottom as she is a sit down doll.
dress is dry rotted. Even after washing and pressing it still would not do and shoes were split on one.
So I decided she needed something new ALL the way.
Baby gonna get new clothes
soft vinyl hollow body. She only wants it cleaned and dressed for her granddaughter to play with
The Sticky Sister
Orpha's childhood doll gotten when sister Maggie got hers.
Well now I know SHE does NOT have magic skin. Hers is a soft vinyl that has undergone a breakdown and this releases that ucky sticky feel. Because of her age I am not willing to do the vasaline and sun treatment.. so today I started by scrubbing her with a mild abrasive cleaner to make the vinyl less sticky and replaced the momma box in her chest...
Now to wash and style this thing...kind of looks ratty right now.
the dress below came out very nice and clean... but needed work
made a Combination for under the dress. It is a one piece that covers from shoulders and takes the place of unders or long bloomers. This gives better protection to the body.
Wig glued on and she is ready for a box to protect her till she goes back home.
Friday, August 3, 2012
She is all cleaned up now...
Saturday, July 21, 2012
The clothing is all orginial but she was missing undies and shoes... and needed some cleaning up too!
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
My husband is an excavator. Sometimes he finds things in the rubble and brings them home...
This is a MY Child doll. I do not have her history right off. The body is fabric. Has the feel of felt but much tougher. The eyes are a vinyl and more or less fused to the fabric. She also has MY CHILD on her bottom.
First step was to see if she would clean up.
She looks pretty good.
Next step was to dress her.
Another pretty girl rescued!!!