Monday, November 25, 2013

Pretty Dolls: My Collection- Blythe and Her Clones

I Love Blythe, who does not?
Those eyes!
That expression!
Her customizable-ness! I don't really collect dolls that I don't sew for, and Blythe is too tiny for my sewing skills, patience level and rickety sewing machine. (Maybe I will try again now that I have a new machine.)
 Still, I cannot resist Blythe. I have a few Blythes in my doll collection: 3 "real" Blythes--Kenner (Thanks Sis!), an Ashton Drake and a Takara  and 3 knock-offs-- 2 Basaaks and a Belle Girl (one Middie knock off as well).
My eye-change girls. Belle Girls' eyes do not change, she has a look that I cannot quite love, but she is interesting. Not pictured is my Ashton Drake Redhead--she is in a box dissembled--I chickened out sometime ago after I took her apart, I want to customize her--someday. I am looking for a "ducky-mouth" tutorial if anyone knows of a good one.

My Middie Clone, a poor clone in that her eyes do not change and she is as cheap as they get--plus she seems a little ..well...hoochie to me, I got her cheap in an Ebay lot with her redhead sister.

 My only custom girl is a Basaak, customized by UniqueDoll on Etsy. I love her, she has oodles of personality. Every time I see her I want to give her a reassuring pat on the head.

My dolls all are wearing clothes by Ebay store Ninabella9 which make AMAZING Blythe clothes--super high quality and they always throw in freebies. They have awesome prices and fast shipping, even from Singapore. No one paid me to say that, or asked me to say that; I just find it is very rare to get such exceptional service and wanted to pass it on.

One of my new sources of doll inspiration is to search "Blythe" on Pinterest--I could live there :). Only give it a try if you have a few hours.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

BFC Ink and her Vintage Cousins

So, as promised, I am back with the BFC Ink girlies and they are trying on some clothes and wigs that belong to their vintage cousins.
I am really happy that I bought these girls; I was wavering until I saw the awesome Flickr photos of them and also read about them on the dolly blog,  Never Grow Up. The blog has some awesome photos and reviews of the BFC girls (and other many other dolls). I wish her dolls could come over and have a tea party with mine :).

 This ill-framed photo features Aliesha, (sitting) and Kaitlin in some pretty standard 11/12 wigs and some little rompers I whipped up for them.
Such pretty faces, but these wigs are a bit humdrum.

Kaitlin, channeling her inner Twiggy, models Ideal Crissy's "Turned On Mini"; it fits her perfectly. You can see the somewhat asymmetrical haircut I gave her here. All the fuzz is gone, but it is still unruly. I will have to find a wig I love before I commit to cuttting it all off though.

This dress is one I made for Ideal Velvet and is a bit short for Aliesha, but very cute with tights. I made this dress using  a vintage doll clothes pattern: Simplicty Pattern 5276 and it would be quite easy to lengthen. I really went crazy on her hair with the thinning shears--it was SO bulky!! I think she still needs more thinning and her hair is still very fried.

This chair was a candle holder, there is a spike to hold the candle sticking up in the center of the seat (OUCH!), but it helps the dolls stay in place and  it is one of my favorite props.

More Kaitlyn, trying on more clothes.

Some comparisons: L-R Bella Cathie, Hasbro Aimee and BFC Aliesha.

 L-R BFC Aliesha, Ideal Crissy, Fashion Friends Patti, Ideal Velvet. I was so surprised to see that Ideal's Crissy is actually larger that BFC Ink with a thicker waist and legs; they don't feel that way in hand. I suppose that is because the BFC dolls are such a handful to get get dressed and styled because of their multi-jointed limbs--particularity my Aleisha, she is somewhat floppy, Kaitlin is easier as she does not have elbow joints, meaning she is an older issue doll.

More Kaitlyn, wearing a Blythe wig (the bangs are way too long ) and Fashion Friends Patti's outfit.

 Aliesha, this is my favorite wig on her, perfect face framing style for such a pretty face.