Photo Fun at Seven Mile Beach

Midge at Seven Mile Beach, Tasmania

Midge at Seven Mile Beach, Tasmania

Every now and then I try my hand at photo editing. I really like the idea of putting my dolls into the real world. I’m still learning to do it though. This one is of Midge, my Aviator Barbie against the background of Seven Mile Beach which is a sandy beach not far from Hobart airport. I don’t think I really got the scale right but I do think she stands out well against this background.

Asha and Steven – Friends of Barbie


Asha from 1995 with a Steven from the 1990s

Asha from 1995 with a Steven from the 1990s

Asha and Steven have been constant companions on the doll shelf for some years now. Mattel brought out a series of African American dolls in the 1990s independent of the Barbie world. They were Shani, Asha, Nichelle and Jamal. Later Shani was used as a friend of Barbie.

This Asha is from 1995 and still has her original headband. She was one of my early buys and when I tried this dress on her I thought that it suited her went with the headband quite well. Steven is the African American friend of Ken and has been around since the 1990s also.  I bought him loose and nude so I couldn’t be sure which one he is as there were several similar looking ones released. Steven is wearing the outfit that belongs to Bennetton Ken because I think it looks better on him.


Fashion Doll Friday – Night Shift

Sweet Dreams Sindy 1978-89

Sweet Dreams Sindy 1978-80

Sweet Dreams Sindy in Emergency Ward

Sweet Dreams Sindy in Emergency Ward

Sweet Dreams Sindy, often referred to as “Sleepy Sindy” because of her sleep eyes was not a popular doll. Here she wears “Emergency Ward”. I think she might have been on the night shift.

Fashion Fever Closets-Part Nine- Wave E Closet -Mauve themed closet


The Complete Closet

The Complete Closet

This may be the last Fashion Fever Closet for a little while. I have about three others all ready to go except that each is missing one piece of clothing. Guess where that clothing is? Yes, it’s at my sister’s house 140km away and I won’t be spending another weekend there until December probably.
Anyway today’s closet is from Wave E and the theme is mauve. After pink this is probably one of the most popular colours for Barbie. This closet has some summery mix and match pieces and a party dress.

The Models:

  • Marissa – Fashionista Raquelle
  • Nicola – Denim Basics Barbie -05

The Fashions:

  1. Marissa in a floral print top and a pleated mini skirt.
  2. Another summer top with the skirt. She wears the mauve heels and carries a matching bag.
  3. Nicola in the party dress and a white lacy knit jacket.  The shoes are not from the closet as she wanted nothing to do with either pair. They just would not fit her.
  4. Marissa in denim capris with the floral print top and pale blue sandals.
Marissa wears the pleated skirt and print top with heels from the closet.

Marissa wears the pleated skirt and print top with heels from the closet.

Wave E Closet 02

Top, skirt, heels and matching bag.

 

Nicola in the party dress and a white lacy knit jacket.

Nicola in the party dress and a white lacy knit jacket.

Marissa denim capris and print top.

Marissa denim capris and print top.

One Scottish Dolly -An update


The girls clothing could use some work.

The girls clothing could use some work.

Remember the other week I posted a picture of the two dolls in Scottish costume that belonged to my two sisters-in-law? I was not sure if I should attempt to fix them up or not. Well, I decided that I would experiment with one doll and that if her clothes were spoiled I’d make her or buy her new ones and leave her sister alone.

First of all I had to remove the clothing. I said it was sewn on. It was worse than that; it was stapled on! I chose the doll with the blue jacket because she didn’t have her hat. I do remember seeing that hat somewhere but I’m blowed if I know where it is now. Anyway I very carefully unpicked the stitches holding her jacket and top on and removed them. I pulled the staples out and found that the manufacturer had actually stapled the clothes onto the dolls body. I eased the top, skirt and underskirt over the staples. After that I carefully pulled the staples out of the doll. Luckily they just left some small holes which won’t show when she is dressed again. I actually felt better about what I was doing by that time because I felt sorry for the poor little doll being stuck with staples.

This looks very uncomfortable.

This looks very uncomfortable.

Poor thing looks like a voodoo doll.

Poor thing looks like a voodoo doll.

Once her clothes were off I was able to examine her better while I gave her a light clean with Softly on a cloth. She wasn’t very dirty at all. On the back of her neck she is marked “Roddy” and “Made in England”. I was interested to see that while her legs looked as if they were attached to her body with a large knob like a lot of dolls of this type of her arms were strung with elastic. Actually I shouldn’t be surprised as Christine my childhood walking doll also has strung arms and I believe that she was made by Roddy too.

The clothes were then washed in Softly in tepid water as I was afraid the colours would run. The blue corduroy jacket did a bit but luckily I had expected this and washed the white top separately. Later I ironed all the pieces which I’d been dying to do since I first saw these dolls. As you can see from the photograph the blouse is not really a blouse at all, just a Dickey. That posed a problem when I came to redress the doll. Originally it had been tied at the neck like a halter and stapled to the doll at the waist. I decided that as the doll was for display I wouldn’t go to the trouble of attaching snaps to the fragile old material, I would just sew the pieces on. For the Dickey I added ribbon tapes at the waist so  I could tie it on. I didn’t get the lace ruffle quite right so I’ll try to improve on that in future.

Here are the clothes cleaned and pressed.

Here are the clothes cleaned and pressed.

I still need to make her a new sporran and a hat but that shouldn’t be too hard. Maybe the original will turn up again one day. Anyway once I had her dressed she looked so much better that I’ve already started on her sister’s clothes.

Before and After

Before and After

The doll is redressed.

The doll is redressed.