The little girl in question was described as a 1973/74 brunette with dark puddle eyes, her original stringing and with soft and silky non falling hair! I was smitten! I contacted Shelly straight away for more information and decided to go for her! I was particularly pleased that she had non falling hair because it seems to be more common for it to be falling on the brunette girls.
Well my little girlie arrived whilst I was at the coast, so I only got to open the box yesterday on my return. As soon as I saw her I liked her, but immediately my eye was drawn to some loose hairs in the tissue paper that she was wrapped in. Her hair was a bit sticky and her face a little grubby so I decided to give her a gentle wash. As I picked her up and started to remove the clothes she was wearing, so more hair began to fall out.....and at quite an alarming rate I have to say!! I thought "oh well, in for a penny, in for a pound" as the saying goes, and gently washed her hair. The hair came out a lot.....I'd say at least a dozen hairs just in gently swishing her hair in the bowl of water, then I carefully combed it through and more came out! I left if dry naturally in the shade and it dried very quickly...after all it was 28c yesterday!! As I redressed her more hairs fell......so I think we can safely say that this little girl now has falling hair. Such a shame, as her hair really is very soft and silky!
I'd heard that this falling hair can happen quite suddenly and quickly and I can only guess that in the time she was inside the box, the lack of air circulation, or maybe the temperature change, caused it to happen like this!
Having said all that, I am very happy with her and she is almost a twin of Alex my brunette dark puddle eyed boy of the same year!! I will have to take some photos of the pair of them together soon.
In the meantime, here are some photos that I took of her this morning. She is wearing a smock dress and tap shorts that I made in the winter for my blond Millie. I think the red suits her better than it does Millie, so until I make her something just for her, she is happy to wear this. I had her socks already here and her shoes are original Sasha Mary Janes and she came home to me wearing these....they are in good condition. She tells me her name is Margaret....but likes to be known as Maggie. I have absolutely no idea why these names came to mind....my mums name is Margaret but God help anyone who would dare to call her Maggie!!! Anyway, I think little Maggie has scrubbed up rather well, don't you? ;)
I took this photo of the back of her head just in case it doesn't look nice and full like this for long!!