I loved customizing fashion dolls. I stripped them down to their vinyl, removing all paint, and sometimes their hair. Their tiny faces were then repainted to collectors expectations and hair was either restyled or I completely re-rooted new hair and then restyled it. Clothes were designed by me, without use of a pattern, hand sewn. I preferred to use silk or other high quality fabrics and often used silk thread to sew them up. Most often, the clothes were sewn and not removable from the doll. The dolls were for adult collectors and not to be played with. I am a stickler for scale so finding the tiniest quality beads and accessories was always high on my list. I learned to make molds so I could make my own shoes, learned to felt to make my own hats, learned how to remold body parts for posing and even chopped them up if I needed to do it. I loved finding new ways to create delicate wings, added clear hooves to my unicorn doll and turned another doll into a dragon! I eventually started specializing in daywear which I was very surprised to find out I excelled at and won many awards! I was so lucky to be able to do something so incredibly versatile and to be good at it! I sure miss my girls!
Sharing some of my favorites with you here:
I hope you enjoyed them as much as I enjoyed creating them!