Friday 30 April 2021

Two Girls Enjoying the Sunshine

Wren loves her new dress and thinks it goes really well with the bluebells in the garden.

She has been enjoying the lovely weather we have been having.

I've made a pretty summer dress for Orla Hope.

She is very pleased with it.

You just got to love her bright orange hair!


Sunday 25 April 2021


 Henry has posted on his blog about ANZAC Day - click on the photo to go to the blog post.

Thursday 22 April 2021

A New Dress and a Doll Size Comparison.

I made a little Blythe dress today and thought I would see how many of my smaller jointed dolls it would fit.  I selected four and lined them up to compare body size.

From left to right:
Vera (Kruseling), Gigi (Ruby Red Galleria), Wren (Makielabs), Helen (Jecci Five)

It is interesting to see their different sizes, and will be fun to try on the dress on each of them.

First of all I tried it on Vera.  It fitted quite well, and is a good length on her, although the arm holes were a little tight. This was a surprise as she was the only one it was tight on.

Gigi tried it on next and it fits her well, although perhaps a tad too long.

Helen tried it on and it of course fitted her as I knew it would as I have used this pattern before.

Wren tried it on last. I gave her some new glasses.  Although I prefer her in black, she lost her original black ones, and the ones she was wearing in the top picture were a replacement pair, but they were always too big, and they just keep slipping and falling off all the time which is a shame.  The only other pairs I had that suited her were a blue pair and a white pair.  She chose the blue pair and is having a little giggle about them.

She also found a pair of blue shoes to match the dress and glasses.

I am thinking I might colour the white pair black as they too fit her and I do still prefer the black on her, but perhaps I just need to get used to the blue pair.  Shame the replacement black pair seem to have been printed at a slightly larger scale.

Anyway, it seems Wren won the trying on competition as she declared she wasn't going to take the dress off!


Sunday 18 April 2021

Sewing Summary on Sunday

I've had a happy weekend doing a little sewing...

I made this little dress for Helen Blythe

During the week I made her a simple skirt and top.

Today I made Rose a pair of denim shorts and a little summery top

I took quite a few photos!


Wednesday 14 April 2021

The Budding Photographer

After finding an 'old' Polaroid Instamatic camera...

Rose has decided she wants to become a photographer.

She has started taking photos already

She likes that she gets instant results with this camera.

Tuesday 13 April 2021

Buying Dolls Just for Their Clothes

I've been watching a few YouTube videos lately, pretty much all doll related, and the other day I saw that a particular doll line had some fun clothes, and they were being sold ever so cheaply on Amazon.  Well when I saw the possibles of the clothing fitting some of my dolls, I thought why not give it a go - it was cheaper to buy these dolls with clothes on than by a pack of clothes or even make them which is what I normally do!

Two packages arrived

Out of the package, one had tissue paper wrapped round it, one didn't.

Flash boxes!  Front and back.  I have no idea who these people are. I am guessing some kind of boy band.  I actually have no real interest in finding out I have to confess, I just liked the clothes!

The dolls in their boxes.

Not sure what the poses are supposed to mean!

They both came with a stand.  Easy to take out of their boxes, the most difficult thing was their head as it was attached with plastic which was stuck in their head.  Why do they do this?

Out of the box.

The waist coat is what I was most interested in.

These trousers!

The shirt is nice too.   Oh and the bracelet has been nabbed by Helen Blythe.

Ooh ahh...

Their hair is pretty gross, all lacquered up.  

I washed the hair with soapy water and it looks better now. (But forgot to take after photos as I am not really interested in the dolls at all. They are a bit too girly looking to be boy dolls I would want to keep).  

But this waist coat!  So beautiful and well made, lined with press studs to close it.

The jacket a bit rumpled up, but again well made and lined.

Attention to detail with pockets

and little buttons.

The other jacket, also lined.  I will probably put some press studs on this, and maybe change the 'buttons' to the other side if they are removable.


Back of jacket.

I tried the waistcoat on Helen first and it fits nicely.

The trousers were too long though of course.

Kiwi Sindy tried it on next.

Lots of flowery stuff going on here.

She tried the shirt on and the trousers and they are a good fit.  The shirt sleeves a tad too long, but okay.

The waistcoat doesn't close on Kiwi Sindy.  

I will have to try on a barbie next to check the fit with her. 

I haven't tried the black trousers on another doll yet, but will do.  They will obviously fit Sindy, and I am guessing they will fit Barbie too.

Now who will the shoes fit?

Mini Kit suggested that Jake try them on.

He agreed the silver shoes were good, but he drew the line at trying the pink ones on!

Perhaps I will be able to paint them black or something?

I am guessing they would also fit Ken and perhaps Action Man dolls.  

So for a mere £5 each, I got some fabulous outfits!  The dolls, well, not sure what I will do with them, probably donate them to a charity shop at some stage.

For a £5 doll, I couldn't hardly believe how well they were packaged and the quality of the clothes! 

Thank you to Jay of Jay Dolls UK on You Tube for featuring this doll line that I would never have known about.  Like you, they were bought for the clothes rather than the dolls!  But at that price, well who could pass them up?!