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.

More Sewing Projects


As I mentioned recently I have been experimenting with some stretch material I was given to see if I could create some simple Barbie outfits that didn’t require too much fancy sewing. The last lot of dolls clothes I made were for the dolls I donated to the church and the main requirement was that they should be easy for the children to put on and off the dolls. However they were rather bulky and the ones for my own dolls to fit better.

My model was my Aviator Barbie, Midge who as you know is one of my favourites. She is a very slim doll so I thought that I’d make her some clothes that fit her snugly as they will probably be a good fit on the Fashionista’s as well. I had some blue, brown and beige scraps as well as the black I’d used for Rosie O’Donnell’s dress.  I am not a big fan of brown and usually only put it on red heads but I thought it would be something different to work with and if I messed it up it wouldn’t matter. Rather than use an existing pattern I decided just to make simple shapes like tubes for a skirt and top. For the beige top I put some darts in to give it some shape and then added a front seam. As for Rosie’s dress I tacked everything together first. I’m hopeless with pins anyway, I’m always dropping them or stabbing myself with them so I just pin the pieces together roughly while I tack them on small garments like these. For another top I took a strip of material and wrapped it round Midge and then pinned and tacked it in place while it was still on her. I wouldn’t be game to do that to a person!

Anyway, here are the results. Midge was taken outside for some sun while I photographed her but minus shoes for obvious reasons. I quite like her in the brown and it is a nice soft fabric. I have a few more things ready to be sewn up so I may do another post about these later on.

Beige top and brown skirt

Beige top and brown skirt

Skirt and wrap top worn off the shoulder

Skirt and wrap top worn off the shoulder

brown tube top

brown tube top

brown wrap top and skirt

brown wrap top and skirt

 

 

 

Wet Sunday in the Doll Room


A New Dress for Rosie

Sunday was a cold, wet day so it seemed like a good time to get on with a job I’ve been meaning to do for a while; making a new dress for Rosie O’Donnell. Rosie came in her original outfit but as she doesn’t fit regular Barbie clothing I thought I’d try my hand at creating something for her. I wrote recently about finding a pair of shoes to fit her. I recently got some Fashion Royalty shoes which fit but are a little loose. I solved this by putting tiny pieces of material inside like insoles but after only wearing them for a few hours Rosie had dark coloured marks on her feet so I’ve taken them off for now. Rosie, and anyone else that wears these shoes will need to wear them with stockings to avoid this problem in future. I’m not made of Remove-Zit. It will solve the sizing problem anyway.

Rosie O'Donnell

Now for Rosie’s wardrobe I’d found a couple of dresses that she could wear. I had some handmade cotton dresses I’d bought years ago which must have been made to fit a Tammy or Sindy because they are a bit loose on Barbie. I found Rosie could wear them although the bodice is snug. I found a generic skirt, blouse and jacket that also fit her but although I liked the colour I thought it looked a bit cheap and still not quite what I wanted.

Next I tried making her a skirt from some stretch material that I had. It didn’t look too bad with the white blouse but it was a bit bulky on her and I really wanted something more fitted. I decided to keep experimenting with stretch material as I felt it would be more forgiving if I didn’t cut it right. My sister recently gave me a box of scraps of material that she’d acquired from somewhere and there were some pieces of stretch material amongst them, the sort you use for a neckband and cuffs on sweatshirts. I thought this might be good for Barbie clothing that required minimal sewing. I’ve mentioned before that I’m hardly an expert seamstress.

I have a lot of dolls clothes patterns including old ones from women’s magazines in the 60’s and 70’s. I thought these would be a bit more generously sized. I wanted to make Rosie a plain black dress with a bit of shaping. In the end I chose a sweater pattern and added length to it to make it into a dress. I put two darts in the  front piece and then added a seam under the bust line. I tacked the dress together by hand so I could see how it fit and when I was satisfied I machine stitched it.

Rosie O'Donnell modelling her new dress and shoes.

Rosie O’Donnell modelling her new dress and shoes.

I must say I was very happy with the result although I had intended it to be a bit longer. I had bought the chain Rosie is wearing for the photos some time ago and it was the reason I wanted a plain dress, to show it off better. I took Rosie outside to photograph her so you can see the details of her outfit a bit better.

The dress close up.

The dress close up.

While I was doing all this I decided to do something else I had been meaning to do and wash some of the stiffening out of Rosie’s hair to make it look more natural. She looks pretty happy with the results and I’m now thinking about making her a coat, a shawl and maybe a better skirt.


Today’s doll is my childhood Sindy. She is one of the early ones marked made in England. I got her in 1965 or thereabouts. She is wearing an original Sindy outfit called “Country Walk”. A very English look I think.

My childhood Sindy in Country Walk.

My childhood Sindy in Country Walk.