Many of my craft projects are related to fashion dolls. I'd like to describe my dolls and my plans for them. Having my ideas laid out for the whole world should motivate me to organize my work, and hopefully I'll be able to look back and see some accomplishments.
My collection started with a single Barbie at my 17th birthday
and started growing rapidly after someone special found out that I like them :) If only I had more energy and resources to work on them already! I spend so much time planning, reading tutorials and looking for supplies that it takes me forever to get anything done. All my dolls are either untouched or works in progress. I'll try to present them in the order they came. Here they are:
California Girl Barbie (1)
My first doll. Modeled my first good attempt at sewing and making shoes. Here is an older picture with the dress in its former glory:
The shoes didn't survive. The heels never stuck and they tied with a thin thread which was a pain to handle. Then I tried to paint the hair blue and green when I grew tired of the blonde, which turned into the disaster you saw in the beginning. A kind soul brought me acne cream that cleaned the blue, but not the green. I'd love to reroot it, but it would cost me more than a full doll to buy the hair and the shipping. I'm stuck with this mouldy colour I guess...
This doll needs repainted again (the paint was ruined by cleaning attempts), more clothes and shoes, and hair, ideally.
Fashion Fever Courtney
I can haz weed?Now I think it looks a lot better! In fact, it's my favourite doll. I fancy putting the head on a Fashionista body, but I don't know which of my Fashionistas to sacrify, I love them too. In any case, I'm not touching this face again. Well, except for some matte varnish on the eyeshadow, if I'm ever going to find one.
I got lucky with the hair as well - I painted some strands black and didn't have any smudges like poor Barbie 1.
Needs shoes, flower on the skirt remade, earrings adjusted, more clothes and jewellery.
Needs lighter lips, maybe complete repaint, hair kink straightened, hands refined (no idea how), second boot made... More about the boot in a different post.
Barbie 3 with pink hair
Barbie 4 Fashionista with closed lips
Flea market find. Rerooted with thread. I want to dress it in a traditional suit like this:
It consists of an embroidered chemise, underskirt, skirt or double apron, sash and shoes. Needs a lot of work.
Nikki with flat feet
Pale Barbie knockoffs
Unknown doll with flat feet
Bag of Barbie clothes
These are all of my Barbie sized dolls. I only hope to get a nice Raquelle Fashionista and until Mattel starts using more skin tones or interesting faces, I think I'm done buying Barbies, they are pretty much all the same.
How do you like my collection? I'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. If there's a project here that caught your attention, tell me and I'll write a separate story about it.