Fashion Dolls and Tiny Patterns
I’ve mentioned before that I love dolls and I recently reignited my obsession with them. So when I found Project Project Runway, I was really intrigued by all the different “fashion dolls” that the participants were using and started researching a little.
There is a whole online world for dolls of all kind – American Girls, Barbie, Blythe, and some very expensive fashion dolls that I haven’t quite figured out yet (seriously, who pays $200+ for a doll?). I like the more accessible doll options like Barbie still so I decided to go to Target one day just to see what they had and my mind was a little blown! I guess I haven’t looked down the toy isles in a while because they had a whole row labeled as “Collectable Dolls” with so many new brands I had either not seen before or had not seen in an actual store before – Barbie of course but also Bratz, Monster High, Liv, Moxie, BFC, the list goes on… And they were all around $30 or less.
I was weak. I really really wanted a new doll that was more of a fashion doll than my American Girl doll. So I found the cheapest doll that was still cute and had a lot of joints for movement and posing which was this Liv Winter Formal Sophie doll (I’d rather had gotten the brunette doll but the blonde doll had better clothes and accessories, and glasses!). What is really cool is the wig comes off so you can change nearly everything about her and her eyes aren’t just painted on. As far as I can tell she is a similar sized body as Barbie so maybe I can dig out my old Barbie clothes from home and dress her in them and sew her some new clothes with Barbie patterns.
I have tons of ideas for new clothes, so I made a little basic bodice and skirt block for her. Doll clothes get more and more fiddly as they get smaller, but they’re so cute! Doll clothes are about as crafty as I get, so there you go. Anyways, here are pictures of Sophie in the paper pattern I used to draft, the shell made of fabric and a dress I made. The patterns all fit on one sheet of 8×11 paper so I think I’m going to scan them into pdfs at some point. I doubt many of you that regularly read my blog will want copies, but if you do let me know and I’ll post them.