It has been a long time since I posted on here, I apologise for that....I didn't have the heart for it back in July when we lost our little dog and then things just got busy! I threw myself into sewing for a while and time just rushed by. I can hardly believe that we are almost at the end of September already.
The weather here continues to be beautiful and sunny but you can tell that it is 'Autumn' because of the change in the quality of light and the way the sun doesn't stay as long on the one spot that I like to sit in to catch a few rays on my deck 🌝
Back to the sewing though. I did a trade with a dolly friend in the UK, she sent me a cute doll that she no longer wanted and I made outfits for two of her dolls. The doll I received is Winona by the American artist Connie Lowe. I wasn't sure that I would like the doll at first, but when she arrived I really liked her face. I wasn't over keen on her body shape, she has a very big tummy, but I can work with it. Here are some photos of her, she hasn't got a name yet...maybe she will just be called Winona.
This is how she looked when she arrived.
I didn't think the red wig
did her any favours so I changed that and her eyes. I saw her as being
an Asian child and decided to give her brown eyes....it's funny but most of my BJDs seem to end up with brown eyes, regardless of their ethnicity, I just love brown eyes.
I don't think this girl is pretty but I do think she has an interesting face. For me pretty dolls are great, I love how they look but sometimes....sometimes they're just that, pretty..and pretty sometimes gets boring, so hopefully this interestingly faced little girl will have lots of adventures here with me in sunny Spain.
So here are some of the outfits that I made for the trade, the first ones are for the little Olivia doll by Helen Kish. Olivia is one of my favourite dolls and it was nice to sew for her for a change, even if my own Olivia didn't get to keep the outfits!
Summer dress with short socks....
Striped overalls in pale blue and white, with gingham 'accents', red cropped tee shirt and head scarf...
Skirt in lovely Japanese print fabric, with white with pink hearts knit 'body/leotard' and short striped socks...
Machine embroidered smock type dress with matching loose shorts underneath...
The next two outfits are for my friend's new Kaye Wiggs Missy doll so my KW tanned Layla, being the same size, is modelling for me....
First we have a simple summer dress with a simple ribbon bow for her hair....
And finally my friend liked the Japanese print so much that she asked if I could make something for her Missy in the same fabric.
This outfit consists of skirt, short sleeved tee shirt, hoodie with front zip opening and socks....
Another of my lovely dolly friends got her first BJD recently and she had nothing in this size for her new girls. I made the following outfits for her....her doll is off having a new face up at the moment so she's not able to wear them until she is all put back together again, but hopefully she'll be happy with the fit.
Firstly this little dress which I actually made by downsizing a Sasha pattern!
Then I made this outfit for a boy doll....Tyrone, my tanned Little Fee Ante is my 'boy' model!
My friend wanted a tutu and so I cheated and made this 'no sew' tulle skirt with printed tee shirt and ankle warmers....
I believe I made some other things too, but it's possible I forgot to photograph them!
Another dear dolly friend of mine in the UK got some gifts for her girls...a flowery summer dress....
Flowered shorts and machine embroidered tee shirt....Shorts are made of cotton pique.
Shorts have a big bow on the back....
I also made the same shorts in a spotted cotton pique too....but forgot to photograph those.
Finally I made an outfit for one of my own girls, well actually I made this first but never got around to showing it on here!!
Erin, my Harucasting Eminor, got herself a nice summer outfit consisting of shorts and cotton top....
I have more doll news but will keep that for another post. I hope you've all enjoyed seeing my girls modelling for me and that you've enjoyed your summer :)
Thanks for visiting, big hugs Sharon xxx
Beautiful clothes, but the bastard on the fence is the best. Best wishes.ReplyDelete
Thank you for your comment....I'm thinking something got lost in translation in the second part of the comment though!!!! :DDelete
Congrats on your new girl. I totally hear you when you say about pretty dolls. Sometimes, a pretty doll is great but there are times an interesting face charms you more. I feel the same sometimes and your new girl has a really lovely and unique face. Gorgeous outfits you posted. You have been doing a lot of sewing!ReplyDelete
Thank you very much Alasse :) Yes that's it, pretty dolls are great and I have some that are very pretty, but I get a lot of fun from the interesting ones too :)Delete
Dear Sharon, you have been busy. I love your new Winona doll. She does look better with her new look.ReplyDelete
Your Kish doll has such a sweet face. I need to pull mine out of the box. I am sure she is quite miffed with me as I have never removed her (laugh).
It is hard me also to wrap my brain around the fact that October begins in 6 days. I want Summer back!
Thank you so much Dorothy, I'm glad you like her. I'm so late replying here that October is now 8 days in....where does the time go?Delete
Beautiful photos and beautiful outfits! The one with two braids may not be super pretty, but there's something charming about her. She looks like a character from one of those children movies that focus on a group of kids that go on some sort of adventure. Erin looks very cute too.ReplyDelete
In Spain, or at least in my area, the last days of september are usually very hot. We call it "Saint Michael's short summer", because St. Michael's is on the 29th. Not sure if it is like that in your area, but enjoy the last warm days!
Thank you so much :) I'm glad you like them. I think that Winona definitely is the type of kid to go on an adventure...I just need to get my finger out and take her on one!Delete
Whereabouts in Spain are you? I'm in Malaga, Andalucia. I haven't heard the term St Michael's short summer before, but in the UK they call it an Indian Summer. We're still getting really really hot temperatures down here but at least it has cooled down a little bit at night now, so it's easier to sleep.
Hi Sharon! I love the changes you made to Winona, what a wonderful little character she turned out to be, she may not be the prettiest doll, but she looks almost real. I love it when a doll finds her inner self. :)ReplyDelete
Gorgeous clothes and wonderful photos of your models, you do such a great job of both, my absolute favourite combination is the mauve spot with the pretty floral.
Hope you enjoy the last of your summer, I'm looking forward to mine!
Hi Sandi, thank you for your lovely comments, I'm glad you think Winona is an improvement. I'm happy with her and need to make her something of her own to wear next...I keep getting distracted!Delete
I hope your summer is now well on it's way to you....I hate this time of year for us, I hate the end of summer, the nights closing in and very soon...the darn clocks going back!
I like your new doll both ways. She can stay interesting by being so changeable.ReplyDelete
Thanks very much Tam, hopefully yes, she can stay interesting...although I really didn't like her in that other wig, but someone else will be able to use it probably :)Delete
I like Winona face a lot! She is a very intresting girl. :)ReplyDelete
That is a lot of sewing! All the outfits are so beautiful! I love them!
Thanks so much Kamelia, I'm finding her very interesting too. But she is in need of some new clothes as she hasn't anything to wear yet, poor girl!Delete
You have made a wonderful bunch of new dresses, these surely will make the dolls and their owners happy.ReplyDelete
Winona is a beautiful girl in her own way. She will give you lots of joy!
Thank you so much Niina, I've enjoyed getting back to sewing again recently. I have so many ideas but not so much time!! Thank you also for your kind words about Winona, she is a funny faced little girl and I really like her!Delete
Hugs to you too xxx
I'm not sure how I happened upon your blog.. Writing to let you know I love your trade doll Winona. I love the look with the glasses and her wig along with that bib outfit... I always like the less pretty dolls so she would be a favorite for me.. You sew very well and I so enjoyed seeing all those beautiful outfits for the trade. CricketReplyDelete
Thank you very much, I'm glad you've found us Cricket!Delete
I'm glad you like Winona, she certainly is an interesting girl.
thanks you for your kind words :) I hope you'll visit again.
Hugs Sharon xxx
Hi Sharon, just loving all the great dolly transformations on your blog - your outfits are gorgeous, you are very talented. I wanted to ask your advice about a doll I've just bought. He's Alister, Kidz n Cats 2014. I've not received him yet but his hair looks a fright in the photos - any recommendations for where to go for a new wig please? I'm in the UK.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Debbie for your comments and for visiting my blog.Delete
I suspect by now that you have received your Alister, I'm sorry for the delay in replying to you but my son has been visiting from the UK but he's gone back now so I'm catching up. There is a doll shop in the UK that sells wigs, it is based in Bournemouth and is called Ellie's Dolls Workshop. You can find their website here... http://www.elliesdolls.co.uk/#top It's not a very detailed website, however, if you look on the Monique website, http://www.monique.com/ and see which wigs you like, if you email Ellie's dolls (the lady there is called Lesley) they will order the wig for you from the US, they do monthly orders apparently so there is a little wait.
I hope that helps and I hope you enjoy your new doll!