Dana

Dana’s Flickr Collection Page

Dana is a resin ball-jointed doll by Latidoll. She’s from Lati’s Green Line, and has the Grown-up Coco head mold. Lati opens for orders quarterly. When they’re not open, all the dolls will show as “sold out.” Keep checking back. I purchased her as a basic doll (blank face, no wig or clothing) directly from Latidoll in the summer of 2008. She has normal skin tone, and faceup by me. The wig pictured is “Lexy” by Monique in Golden Strawberry. Her eyes are 14mm green acrylics purchased from Junkyspot. She is 30cm, just shy of 12″ tall.

In the Sullivan clan, Miss Dana is the second oldest. She’s very responsible and often takes care of her four younger sisters while her older sister works. While she’s generally good-natured, this responsibility has made her a little bit bossy.

In the photo below, Seraphina models an outfit Ciara has just finished for an order. Audrey helps to lace it up while Ciara eyes her work critically. Dana sits on the floor, keeping two of her younger sisters busy with the wrappings so they stay out of trouble.

Candid

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Alex

Alex’s Flickr Collection Page

Grande Finale by Madame Alexander¬†Sometimes there’s that thing as a collector where you want something to fill a hole in your collection but you just don’t like anything that fits. I try to stick to collecting doll bodies, and while I have every Monster High character and every Disney Princess in the Animator’s Collection, I mostly TRY not to do too much duplication like that.

I love 16″ dolls, and I needed a Madame Alexander “Alex,” but I could not find one I liked. Then I spotted this girl at the Twickingham Doll Show in Huntsville, Alabama. That’s always a great show and worth going. I drive four hours each way for it.

 

This is Madame Alexander’s Elle Woods “Grand Finale” from the Legally Blonde collection in 2008. My research tells me this is a Sienna Evans mold, and that she has the Alex body. Yay!

Elle Woods Grand Finale by Madame AlexanderI haven’t played with her much in the year and half she’s been here, so I don’t know very much about her, but she seems to get along well with the rest of the 16″ fashion doll set.

 

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New Doll: Tonner’s Changing Moods Penelope

Changing Moods PenelopeMany many things I don’t do enough. Among them:

  • Box openings
  • Making good records about my collection
  • Getting my collection here to the website to share with you

So this is my new, gorgeous girl from Tonner, Changing Moods Penelope. I opened her up on Sunday and took box opening pics, and gave her a page over here if you’d like to read a little more about her.

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The Differences Among Disney’s Toddler Dolls

Edited to add: Please at least skim to the end of this article, as I have some updated information about the dolls with “reflection eyes” that have been coming out fall/holiday 2014. Thanks.

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Flynn Rider todder, Disney Princess & Me Rapunzel, “My First” Princess Rapunzel

One day, in Toys R Us, I saw a toddler doll of Flynn Rider (Eugene Fitzherbert) from Rapunzel. Had. To. Have. So I snatched him up and took him home while the gettin’ was good. I was on vacation, so I waited until I got home to go pick up a Rapunzel. Both of these dolls had “My First” on the packaging, but I didn’t think much about it.

Another day, shopping with my mom, I expressed a wish to have “all the Disney Animators’ Collection dolls” because they’re adorable. I now have a whole bunch. Thanks, Mom!

LIBBY for Disney Animators' Collection.

LIBBY for Disney Animators’ Collection Do you love how her little toes turn in?

I had no intention of unboxing the Animators’ dolls until I got a case for them (and who knows when that might happen), but, after I released the LIBBY pattern for the “My First” doll, I got an email from a mom who was trying to sew for daughter’s birthday. The pattern she had bought, for a 15″ doll, was way too big–I assume because it was for a 15″ baby doll and they’re chunkier, larger in scale. I could see by holding the “My First” up to the box that the Animators’ would be a little taller and a little chunkier. It wasn’t until I broke open the box that I realized there were a number of differences between the two dolls.

MIMI for "My First" Disney Princess

MIMI for “My First” Disney Princess

I did a handful of patterns for each of these dolls, including MIMI for the “My First.” MIMI has long and short sleeves, and I thought it would be a cute cover if I photographed the two versions on Anna and Elsa from Frozen (which I also had from my mom because I’m spoiled like that. ūüėČ ). So I broke into Elsa’s box only to find that the todder dolls not labeled as “My First” are much shorter and slimmer! A slightly different body style and a TOTALLY different size.

This really ticked me off. I could see the Animators’ being different because they’re very stylized and marketed to collectors as well as children. But for these two play dolls to be so similar and yet such different sizes–grr! It’s bad enough that the doll companies are treating our girls like adult collectors and hardly offering anything in terms of clothing for dress-up play. (There’s a rant for another day.) They don’t need to make it hard for us to sew as well.

Disney Animators', "My First," and regular line toddler dolls.

Disney Animators’, “My First,” and regular line toddler dolls. (And an annoying cat’s paws.)

So this article is here to give a heads-up to all those sewing for and shopping for clothes for these girls that there ARE differences among these three doll lines. I want to try to give you some help if you’re not sure what doll you’re sewing for.

Animators’ Collection

This is what the Animators' packaging looks like. (Not dented, hopefully.)

This is what the Animators’ packaging looks like. (Not dented, hopefully.)

The Animators’ dolls are 15 1/2″ tall. They’re generally sold in Disney Stores and at the shops in the Disney theme parks and resorts. They’re adorably stylized with large heads, large eyes, and have the most expressive faces. The imprint on the back and back of the head reads (c) Disney and also China. Packaging indicates Disney as the manufacturer. Patterns in my shop that fit this doll should be tagged with “DAG for Disney Animators’ Collection Girl.

  • Height: 15 1/2″
  • Bust: 8″
  • Waist: 9 1/4″
  • Hips: 9 1/2″

“My First” Princess

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“My First” Disney Princesses have the phrase on the packaging.

You can often find these at Toys R Us, Walmart, and Target. They¬†are toddler dolls, and not to be confused with the baby dolls¬†that share the same name and often similar packaging. Besides the obvious difference of the baby body with slightly bent limbs, the baby dolls also seem to all have short, molded hair, not rooted like the toddlers. The face is much more generic-child than the Animators’ (though I think there was a release of dolls with bigger eyes). The imprint on the back of the dolls’ head just says (c) Disney. Packaging indicates they’re made by Jakks Pacific. Patterns in my shop that fit this doll should be tagged with DMF for Disney “My First” Toddler Princess.

  • Height: 14 1/2″
  • Bust: 7 5/8″
  • Waist: 7 5/8″
  • Hips: 8 1/2″

(See also Stephanie’s comment below about two different sizes within this line.)

Toddler Princess

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I’ll try to get a photo of the generic packaging. This is the Frozen box.

I’m not sure what to call this line. I’m not even sure how readily available these dolls are because I’m not coming up with much in a Google image search. Comparing my Elsa to my Rapunzel (see comparison photo above), the faces of these dolls are a little more sophisticated with a heavy black line to indicate their lashes. They are also smaller and slighter than the “My First” girls. The mark on the back just says (c) Disney. Packaging indicates they’re made by Jakks Pacific. Patterns for this doll should be tagged “DTP” for Disney Toddler Princess.

  • Height: 13 1/2″
  • Bust: 6 1/2″
  • Waist: 6 1/4″
  • Hips: 8″

I hope this helps you figure out what doll you have and what size pattern you need. All the patterns in my Etsy shop that are made for Disney character dolls can be found in the Disney Dolls section.

Edited to add: I need to find time to write this up new, but for now, I just want to let you know about the dolls that are new for fall/holiday 2014. These are the ones with the “reflection eyes.” They have large, plastic eyes rather than painted like the previous version. The body for the these is slightly different, but they share clothes with the 13 1/2″ princesses above. Going forward, I’ll be fitting to the 2014 doll.

The new “My First” collection dolls with “reflection eyes” seem to have the same 13 1/2″ body. Anyone sewing for that doll will want the “DTP” patterns, not the “DMF” patterns.

The Princess Sofia dolls with “reflection eyes” (I found this doll at Target) are much larger than any of the dolls on this page. None of these patterns will fit that doll. (But I hope to have some soon, so let me know if you’re looking.)

If you are rescuing an older doll of this type that has a Playmates 2002 marking on the backside, those dolls fit the patterns currently titled with “My First” and tagged “DMF.” Be aware that the fit is a little snug through the chest. You may want to add a little to the back seam.

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Recent Aquisition

I just wanted an excuse (as though I need one) to take a picture of this pretty girl, Madame Alexander’s Morning Ritual Cissy. I have a vintage Cissy doll, even though I’m not much of a vintage doll collector. I had wanted one of the new vinyl dolls, but so many of the recent releases have been…well, I’m not the only one who hasn’t found them appealing.

A friend who knew I wanted one with plain, pretty makeup, and about my preference for naked dolls that I can dress, had mentioned the “Yardley” Cissy as the perfect one for me, but then she went a step further and found me one! How awesome is that?

I’m sure that, one of these days, I’ll get her out of the box and get you some better pictures. She’s telling me she’s fond of rockabilly styles…

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The Monster High drought is getting on my nerves- and so are the scalpers

Skeleton Girl from the ridiculous Create-A-Monster and Add-on kits.

What’s the deal with Monster High?

Let me just say up front that I’m an adult and a doll collector, and I’ve certainly got no problem with adults collecting and/or playing with dolls, and that ought to be obvious within 30 seconds of reaching this site.

What I’m about sick to death of are empty shelves and scalping. If you’re in love with Monster High, then I’m sure you are too.

After months of looking at them every time I saw them in the store, I finally gave in and started my collection in April 2011. I was only going to buy Lagoona. But as soon as I took her out of the box and saw her delicately webbed fingers and fins, I was so charmed I had to go back to the store and get everyone else. And then I had to come back home and order Clawdeen online and pay for rush shipping because such was my Monster High fever.

My first group of Monster High kids.

Obviously it’s not just me because the Monster High shelves have been decimated for the last, what?, SIX MONTHS? I thought there must have been some kind of manufacturing disaster, but I can’t find any such thing. Here and there I read on the forums that stores are getting deliveries, they just can’t keep the dolls on the shelves.

Then my daughter became interested in Monster High. IN DOLLS. She’s nearly eight and was all about stuffed animals. I had so been waiting for her to get interested in dolls, hoping it wouldn’t skip a generation, and FINALLY she takes a real interest. So in January, off we went to go build her collection. And I found myself wasting all kinds of time and gas and just getting frustrated that we couldn’t find anything to buy for her in the stores. Not to mention the dire situation of knowing that Gil Webber existed and yet was never to be seen in person and here was Miss Lagoona, sitting on the shelf, just longing…

By the end of January I had had enough of the driving around and wasting money on gas. I gave in and got our collections up to date via eBay. For a few of the dolls, the ones I have NEVER seen on a store shelf, I paid a premium price.

Now, I’m not ashamed about what I spend on dolls. That’s my thing. Another parent will get season tickets to a sports thing and take their kid to that and no one blinks an eye. This is what I choose to do with my child. Doesn’t mean I’m happy to pay double retail or more, but to be able to share the thing I love with my daughter? Well, this is becoming a “priceless” credit card commercial.

A fairly recent picture of my daughter’s collection.

Here’s the part that makes me really sad, though. There are other girls out there who are just as enchanted with these dolls as we are. And those girls don’t have moms who get the doll thing, and they’re not about to go online to hunt down some hard to find doll and then pay way more than its “worth” for it.

I mean, there are always dolls that are out of our range. When I was a girl, it was Madame Alexander. When you were a girl, maybe it was American Girl. But it shouldn’t be a mass-produced doll like Monster High.

The doll hobby could use more doll fanatics. After the baby boomers are gone we’ve got a generation for whom doll play (and anything seen as traditionally feminine) was kind of discouraged. And after that we’ve got generations for whom the period of childhood, the okay to play years, the okay to like dolls years, gets shorter and shorter. The window of opportunity to inspire some these girls to grow into the doll fanatics who will play with us and trade with us when they grow up is narrowing.

Toralei

So it bums me out when I see girls inspired to collect and play with dolls only to be thwarted by the lack of availability. My daughter took several of her dolls with her to dance class a few weeks ago and one of the girls fell in love with Toralei. Of course, it had to be Toralei, right? Not one of the core group you can get in several incarnations. Not one of the new girls you might have a shot at finding reasonably. Toralei, the girl you pretty much can’t get for less than $40. Because, seriously, if you had seen this girl’s face when she held that doll, you would have gone home and looked it up on eBay, too. But it’s not appropriate for me to spend that much on someone else’s child (not to mention having no occasion to give it and there being other kids in the family), and her mom is never going to stumble across it on a store shelf and pick it up.

And it pisses me off to think that part of this lack of availability is due to the market manipulation of scalping. That the people who are getting their hands on them first are only interested in turning a quick profit at the expense of somebody’s mom.

And I seriously hope no one is turning their garage into a Monster High holding facility in which they’re hoarding these things by the case so that, when the price goes even higher, they’ll REALLY make a killing. I just can’t see that happening, can you? Again, mass produced doll. No matter what the demand is right now, it’s got to be a temporary thing. I’ve got a whole bunch of formerly pricey Barbies to attest to that. Lucky for me, they will always be beautiful, regardless of market value.

I’m not saying people don’t have the right to buy and sell dolls for what the market will bear. I’m just saying that when I see the other side of it, when I talk to a grade school age collector I know who hasn’t even been able to see some of the newer dolls yet, when I see little girls going without so that adults can keep dolls on the Amazon Marketplace for 2-3 times the MSRP, it makes me sad and pisses me off. And I have a right to be sad and pissed off.

So if you’re buying the few dolls that are on the shelves–and hey, I am–I hope it’s because you love them.

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Blythe pics and BJD wigs

I put in some times making new Gallery pages this weekend. I got at least some pic up of most the designs I did for the Blythe Smock Shop. It was really nice going through all those photos, taking that stroll down memory lane, and remembering how fun and exciting that time was.

After that, I felt like I deserved to take some time to do some shopping on Etsy, so I decided to look for BJD wigs. Here are some that I found:


Shaggy Curl Fur Wig for BJD …

$16.00

Aqua Blue Feather Wig for BJ…

$83.00

9/10 Pink Faux (Fake) Fur Wi…

$10.00

Cotswold Locks Blonde Wig fo…

$55.00

Short Punk Fur Wig for BJD /…

$13.00

Rose Frost Fur Wig for BJD /…

$16.00

Blue and White Mohair Mix / …

$24.00

Fairy Fire Fur Wig for BJD /…

$14.00

Frosted Ice Fur Wig for BJD …

$17.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio

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Dillon, my first boy

At first, it was all about the dresses…

I hadn’t really thought much about collecting BJD boys, but at some point in the first few months I had Ciara, I started to really want a¬† Lati Blue Rucas. After all, with the large family of little sisters Ciara was acquiring, it seemed like she might need a boyfriend to help keep them all in line.

Lati Blue boys are 48cm tall–I think he was the tallest MSD boy in June of 2008 when I ordered directly from Latidoll. He’s normal skin, muscular body (as you’ll see as the pictures come out).

It had come to me, at some point, that I would order him as I finished my collection of the Lati sister, and that he would come into the story by showing up at the apartments as where Ciara and Bronte lived with one of the littlest sisters who had gone missing on the trip over.

A box opening picture showing Dillon in this first bad hair choice.Dillon arrived two months after he was ordered on August 14. On the right is a picture of him at his box opening. This is actually a wig I bought just for him, but as you can see, it was all wrong.  A few weeks later, when I got around to his first faceup, he already had another bad hair choice.

Honestly, though, Dillon didn’t seem too concerned about the hair issue. As he went from one wig to another, what really concerned him was the lack of pants.

He got a new sweater,

and even new boots,

but no pants.

It really started coming to a head when they dolls were scrounging for clothes before embarking on a self-appointed house cleaning mission and Dillon couldn’t find anything big enough to fit him. He finally managed to find a pair of yellow taffeta bloomers left behind by a Madame Alexander Sleeping beauty, and had to wear those for a long time. He was not pleased.

Ciara finally took over and started trying to get him some pants made. I think she was tired of all the other girls checking him out.

These days, thanks to Ciara, Dillon finally has some proper pants. I’m not sure we’ll ever find the right hair. (I wonder if this is because I secretly admire the mullet and know that it’s so wrong.) He’s bigger than most other MSDs and yet his head is actually smaller. I think he’s currently wearing a size 5/6 Monique Gold Jojo in Chestnut, and 12mm brown glass eyes from Latidoll.

The trouble with the Kincaids…

Dillon was quiet for a long time. You could tell he noticed Ciara, but they were both painfully shy about it, and the lack of pants between them probably didn’t help matters. And where he had been amusing and good with the little kids, he suddenly started to get very broody and quiet.

It was then discovered that Dillon had also left family behind when he had come to this country. But, in the chaos of whatever’s going on in that place they come from, Dillon had actually become separated from his brothers some time ago and now had no idea what had become of them.

Much study of the Latidoll website was done to determine which boys were Dillon’s long-lost brothers, and then plans had to be made, and money had to be saved to bring them home.

It was all very difficult for Dillon, but, with Ciara’s help, he got through it, and all the dolls were happy to welcome the three little boys in one, big, Latidoll box opening in October 2009.

See more of Dillon on Flickr.

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Etsy Curation Bug- Shoes for Lati Yellow

Last night I was just plain in the mood to shop Etsy. And also to do a little Treasury curating. There are some adorable Lati Yellow shoes on Etsy these days, and some of them are really reasonably priced.


Lati Doll Shoes 28mm for Bly…

$26.00

Lati Doll Shoes 28mm for Bly…

$26.00

Timberland Style School Shoe…

$10.99

Lati Yellow / Pukifee shoes

$9.00

Lati shoes white Cat

$9.99

Lati Yellow Espadrilles (San…

$15.00

Black Fringed School Slip-On…

$10.99

Blythe Doll Shoes 28mm for K…

$26.00

Tiny Doll Shoe Tutorial Comp…

$50.00

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Rozen Maiden with Friends

Yes, the house is a disaster.

But Miss Briar and I have been hanging out in our cavernous hideout, having a Rosen Maiden marathon.

In my room, I've been chatting with the Sullivan sisters.

Briar's room has been taken over by monsters.

Watching Jun open Shinku’s box for the first time always makes me want to order a new doll.

Anyone else having dolly fun this weekend?

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