Fashion Fever Closets – Part Six


Summer Casual Closet

I don’t know if this closet has a proper name. I think of it as Summer Casual. It is another closet which does not have a lot of pieces but does have interesting colours and no pink which makes a nice change. I think the crochet look halter top is very nice and I also like the handkerchief hem sundress in shades of orange. The capris are nicely detailed with tiny mock zippers. The little skirt is made of the sort of mesh material often seen in sportswear and reminds me of a netball skirt. I thought the salmon pink shoes were an odd choice for this closet though. Only two pairs of shoes came with this closet so one of the girls has to go barefoot. The yellow visor is plastic and I don’t know where it is at present.

The full closet

The full closet

The models for this closet are:

Rebecca – Fashion Fever Barbie Wave A
Lauren – Fashion Fever Barbie Wave B
Samantha – Florida Vacation Barbie

Rebecca

Rebecca

Lauren

Lauren in the purple spray jacket.

Samantha

Samantha

The Outfits:

Rebecca wears the crochet halter top and netball skirt.

Rebecca wears the crochet halter top and netball skirt.

Lauren in the capris and blue top.

Lauren in the capris and blue top.

Samantha in the sundress.

Samantha in the sundress.

Today's models are Rebecca, Samantha and Lauren.

Today’s models are Rebecca, Samantha and Lauren.

The Hobart Doll Show


This weekend the Hobart Doll Show is being held at the Hellenic Hall in North Hobart. I always try to get to it as we don’t have many doll shows in Tasmania and this is the only one that is easy for me to get to.

The show is put on every year by the Hobart Doll Club and the main feature of the show is the competition for porcelain doll makers.   The club holds classes and workshops for its members. The theme of this years show was “Roaring Twenties”. Here is one of the prize winners.

A Flapper from the Roaring Twenties

A Flapper from the Roaring Twenties

To be honest although I think some porcelain dolls are beautiful and I admire the skills of the people who make and dress them I really prefer play dolls. The porcelain ones display very nicely but you can’t really do a lot with them. They are not meant for that.

A lot of the dolls I saw today were “Reborns”. For those that don’t know Reborns are vinyl baby dolls which have been repainted to resemble real babies. They have really delicate looking skin and are often weighted to imitate the feel of a real baby. They can be scarily realistic. I had my own “Baby in the Bag” moment when I saw a lady carrying one of these dolls around the show. It looked so realistic I actually did think it was a baby at first glance even though she was carrying it in rather an odd way for a real baby. Reborns sell for insane amounts of money because of the complicated and time-consuming process of creating them. Baby chimpanzees and other primates are also getting the reborn treatment now although I think the artists are trying to make them more like baby humans than baby animals. The show had a fantasy section too which included a baby Dracula if you can believe it.

Two of the Fantasy category entries.

Two of the Fantasy category entries.

Here are some competition entries that I liked:

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Prize winner in the Toddler category.

Prize winner in the Toddler category.

There were also categories for cloth dolls. There is a club for cloth doll makers in Tasmania too. It is called the “Not Just Cloth Dolls Club” who meet on the third Saturday of every month. Here are a couple of samples of what the cloth doll makers have been up to.

Cloth dolls

Cloth Dolls at the Hobart Doll Show

Prize winner in the Cloth Dolls Fantasy category.

Prize winner in the Cloth Dolls Fantasy category.

Of course there were trade stalls too and these were the main reason that I wanted to go. As well as painting supplies for the reborn artists, haberdashery, patterns, kits and dolls dresses there were modern dolls and teddies for sale and a smaller number of older ones.

Dolls and bears for sale.

Dolls and bears for sale.

I didn’t see many dolls I liked that I could afford at first but on my third circuit of the hall I discovered a little vinyl Pedigree doll in a basket. I swear she hadn’t been there the previous time I’d passed that stall. I picked her up and she was hanging on to a smaller baby doll by the ribbon of its sash. I wasn’t sure if they were meant to be together or not but the Pedigree girl was only $7. That was a bargain as she was spotless and had all her eyelashes and her original shoes although she had been redressed. The stall owner assured me that the two dolls were meant to be together, “A doll for a doll.” she explained. We both knew I was getting a bargain but she didn’t mind which was nice.

I wasted no time in taking a photo of my new doll. I won’t have much to do to her, just a bit of a hair tidy up. I will find her a new dress though because I don’t really like this one. Tomorrow she’ll be meeting the rest of the British Doll gang on the shelf in the doll room. She is marked “Made in England” and I’d put the date to the early 1960s. My sister had a doll a lot like this except she had bright red hair. The little friend doll is marked U.D. Co. Inc 1969 Hong Kong which is a pretty nice description so I hope I’ll be able to trace the company that made her.

My newest doll.

My newest doll.

Here she is with her little friend.

Here she is with her little friend.

As a bonus I also discovered that there is a lady doing doll restorations in Hobart and have got her contact details. That’s great because I have two or three dolls I’d like work done on and I really didn’t want to send them or take them to the mainland in case they were lost or damaged on the way there or back.

The sun shone, I had a lovely walk through North Hobart and took a lot of non doll photos so all in all a very enjoyable day out.

Links:

http://www.stillmomentsnursery.com/store/ – see some reborn dolls

http://www.ebay.com.au/gds/The-Ultimate-Porcelain-Doll-Buying-Guide-/10000000177627406/g.html

http://www.porcelaindollsbyme.com.au/index.html- making porcelain dolls

http://www.allcrafts.net/dolls.htm#clothdolls – patterns for cloth dolls

 


Fashion Doll Friday – Reliable Tammy

image Reliable Tammy

Reliable Tammy note her high colour.

I haven’t featured a Tammy on Fashion Doll Friday for some time so here is a high colour Tammy made by Reliable of Canada.

Fashion Fever Closets – Part Five – Wave F Closet-Orange Themed


Wave F Closet

The full closet

Compared to some others this closet has fewer pieces but the orange theme is so different that it makes up for the lack of choices I think. I like the orange dress with its textured fabric. The sandals are nice too although I always find this style of shoe difficult to do up. I don’t know how children manage. Presumbably they get their mother’s to do it. I know that’s what I would have done. Even now I sometimes have to hand a shoeless Barbie to my sister and say “Can you please do this for me?”

The location for the photos is a quiet spot in my back yard where I could get good light and no interruptions, and where the neighbours could not look over the fence!

The models today are:

  • Olivia – Drew Wave A
  • Ember – Teresa Wave F
  • Andrea – Drew Wave B

 

Fashion Fever dolls

Olivia, Ember & Andrea

The Outfits:

Olivia in the dress.

Olivia in the dress.

 

Andrea in the lace top, print pants and jacket

Andrea in the lace top, print pants and jacket

Ember in the orange top, denim skirt and boots.

Ember in the orange top, denim skirt and boots.

My favourite combination in this closet is probably the denim skirt, lace top and boots that Ember has on in the group photo. I think it looks good on her and seems to suit her personality so it has become her outfit. I don’t put that particular combination on anyone else.

I’ll be back with another Fashion Fever Closet next week.

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Fashion Fever Closets – Part Four- Hilary Duff blue themed closet


Hillary Duff blue closet

The full closet

The full closet

Today’s Fashion Fever closet is another favourite of mine because it is a very good mix and match closet. Personally I don’t like to put horizontal and vertical stripes in the same outfit but that’s just me. I often use pieces of this closet with clothing from other closets as well.

After I had been collecting Fashion Fever dolls and outfits for a while I tried to get into the habit of taking a photo of the doll or outfit before I deboxed it for record purposes. I wish I’d started doing it earlier as it makes closet sorting a lot easier. However there are a lot of stock photos of them on the net so I often use these for ID purposes. I’ll try to illustrate these posts with my own photos but occasionally I may use a downloaded one to show the full closet. This is one of those times.

The models are:

Juliet- Coca Cola Soda Fountain Sweetheart Barbie 2000
Pamela-Fashion Fever Summer 2007
Becky-Black Basics Barbie -09
Kylie – Fashion Fever Teresa Wave U
Mel – Fashion Fever Kayla Wave V
Annie – Fashion Fever Barbie Wave N
Olivia-Fashion Fever Drew Wave A

 

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Two New Barbies


Last week I acquired two new Barbies, one bought at a bargain price from eBay and the other one a Fashionista my sister had spotted and thought that I might like.

My bargain Barbie was Dolls of  the World Barbie “Miss Argentina” who I introduced in a recent post.  Although I like the DOTW series I’ve never bought any before because of lack of shelf space for display dolls and because I prefer to spend my Barbie dollar on dolls I can play with. I decided to buy Miss Argentina though because I saw her offered at less than half price  and because she has the square-jawed Teresa face that I like and a dress that I thought would look nice on other dolls. At the price I paid for her I knew that I would not feel guilty about de-boxing her.  When she arrived I wasted no time in doing  just that.

Miss Argentina still in her box.

Miss Argentina still in her box.

Here she is out of the box.

Here she is out of the box.

I was surprised to discover that she had the old style body with the twist and turn waist as I didn’t think that Mattel used it any more. I guess if I bought more Pink Box collectibles I’d have been aware of that. From the photo of her I’d assumed that she had the Model Muse body as her arms looked like theirs.

I wasn’t that worried though as I have lots of Fashion Avenue outfits that I knew would fit her. I have named her Alison and I expect I’ll use her again to model Fashion Avenue outfits as I still have a lot to catalogue.

Here she is out of the box and in a Fashion Avenue outfit which I photographed her in for the last “Meet the Models” post I did.

She has the older twist and turn waist body.

She has the older twist and turn waist body.

DOTW Miss Argentina in a Fashion Ave European exclusive.

DOTW Miss Argentina in a Fashion Ave European exclusive.

My other new doll, the one that my sister had picked for me is a recent Fashionista Barbie. My sister who knows that I don’t love a lot of the new playline Barbies because of their bland expressions thought that I might like this one which she said reminded her of the swirl ponytails of the vintage Barbie era which sadly we are old enough to remember very well. When she saw one on special in Target she grabbed her for me.

Here she is before I deboxed her.

My newest Barbie

My newest Barbie

This Barbie did have a Model Muse style body but made rather more cheaply with a lighter grade of vinyl and less definition and detail. My earliest Basics girls are quite solid feeling and have nail polish on their fingers which this doll does not have. I was a bit surprised to see that Mattel had abandoned the jointed body of recent Fashionista dolls. Even though I did not really like the look of the joints and predicted that these dolls would be too fragile for rough play I must admit I miss the poseability. Still she is a nice doll. I’ve named her Paula and you will probably be seeing more of her in future posts.

Paula deboxed

Paula deboxed

Meet The Models – Part Five


Another installment in my series of posts of Barbie outfits I’ve collected. Today’s outfits are all Fashion Avenue so the models I’ve selected all have the older style TNT body except for one.
The models today are:

  • Anna who was “Barbie for President 2000″. She was one of my early overseas buys and has the TNT body. I love her face.
  • DOTW Miss Argentina who is so new that she doesn’t even have a name yet. She has the old Teresa face and is also a TNT body.
  • Sue, an older Barbie with the Jewel Girl body circa 2000
  • Bonnie-one of my original cheap blonde Barbies with a custom wig to make her look a bit different.

 

The Fashions:

Anna wears a Fashion Avenue Boutique Fashion from 1998 – This fashion was issued with just a number, 20568. She has blue clogs to go with it. Pearls are the models own.

Fashion Ave

Anna wears a Fashion Ave Boutique fashion from 1998.

Miss Argentina wears another numbered fashion, no.C6872, which was from a European exclusive collection called “Hip”. I don’t have a date for it but if memory serves it would be about 2003. Black shoes are the models own. This outfit should have pink high-heeled shoes with it.

DOTW Miss Argentina in a Fashion Ave European exclusive.

DOTW Miss Argentina in a Fashion Ave European exclusive.

Sue wears a Fashion Avenue Boutique Collection from 1995 which is numbered 14362. Apparently this outfit was re-released in 1996.

Sue wears a 1995 Boutique Collection outfit.

Sue wears a 1995 Boutique Collection outfit.

Bonnie’s outfit is a tricky one.It looks like no. B3476 from the 2002 International Collection but from the ID photo I have I’m not 100% sure. The male doll in the background is Fashion Fever Kurt who was photo bombing this picture. He is part of my sister’s collection.

Bonnie in a 2002 International Collection fashion.

Bonnie in a 2002 International Collection fashion.