Hasbro Moana doll repaint

I picked her up on sale. Loved the film, this doll… not so much. The thing is though, the art of the doll on the packaging makes it so clear what could have been, and its really only a slight difference

Just the tilt of the eyes, and the eyebrows really. So I decided to try and recreate the doll on the packaging

Heres what I managed. Its not really the same as the box art

I think its mostly the eyebrows, which is annoying, because I put quite a lot of effort into trying to match those. Moana is such a determined character, those eyebrows are a big part of that, but for some reason they just insisted on coming out softer. The disney store doll is much better

But I was never going to match that, she’s so good. In the end, I might have the hasbro doll be a different character. She does fit some Barbie clothes

I dont think trousers would work, because her feet are a lot bigger, but the stretchier skirts and tops work great

I think she’ll be cute as a modern girl! Though possibly not in that blue dress 🙂

Barbie doll dress project

I actually finished something! 

I made a dress for this giant Barbie doll Ive had a little while. Its in 3 parts, kind of inspired by how dresses used to be made up of a shift and a corset etc

The shift was easy, i used elastic and didnt make it to ft especially closely

Oh, and the underskirt bit too! I forgot that, it was a last minute thing. I wanted a bit of volume to the skirt. Then I made the bodice and over skirt more carefully

The skirt was fairly straightforward, just a rectangle gathered onto a waistband. The material is actually a pair of leggings I found in a charity shop. Are they leggings when its not stretchy material? They’re shaped like them anyway

The bodice was the hardest bit. I tried this technique Ive seen on youtube for the first time, where you wrap the body in clingfilm and tape, then draw on a pattern. Cut it off, and you’ve got a fitted pattern. Theres loads of tutorials on it. I did the clingfilm and tape thing over the shift, since it was meant to fit over, and there it is

I like that technique, Im going to use it again I think

Epic doll house project

Look at what I found in a charity shop! Only £9.99!

It’s huge, I don’t really have the space, but it’s gorgeous. I’m guessing it’s someone’s half-finished project

Half of the front opens, as does one side and the roof

I’m going to repaint it, and then it’ll be the home of my sylvanian families guinea pigs. I love guinea pigs, so I always wanted the family,  and once I found them I wanted to give them a really great home. Here’s there current place for comparison

The new house is a bit tall, but I think that works, for a high-ceilinged old house. I’m gonna cut some more windows, or maybe even completely take off a wall, to let a lot more light in for photos, too. The guinea pig family are really excited!

Alice in Wonderland Red Queen doll repaint

Sometime last year, I bought the Red Queen doll from the recent Alice in Wonderland films, when she was on sale.

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She was originally a pretty expensive doll, and certainly the detail in her dress reflects that, but I was really quite fascinated by her face.

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It’s very striking and unusual, but most of that is in the paint, not the sculpt, and I wanted to have ago at making her into someone different. I dont quite know why, she just sort of caught my eye.Once you take the dress off, her body honestly feels a little bit cheap. She only has limited articulation, and there’s a bit of a hollow plastic feel to her

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Thats about all the posing that she can do. In terms of her size, she’s very similar to Barbie, with most of the difference being in the oversized head, so I was hoping there could be a biit of clothes sharing.

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I did her repaint when I was using my old sealant, and I think that my faceups have improved quite a lot since then, but I do still like how she turned out, I think she looks like a totally different person now.

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You can see the slightly dodgy finish from my cheap sealant here, and, as always, the camera makes the colours look a little different. Her lips are red, but not quite that flourescent in real life.

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I think that angle is a bit closer to what she actually looks like in person. Her hair brushed out of the original crazy style quite nicely, although it sits better if I tie it back, because it does still have a bit of a tendency to poof out.

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I picked her a new outfit out of my stash, because although I do want to sew for her, I’ve been doing repaints faster than I’ve been sewing, so theres a bit of a queue. The vest is from Lori by Our Generation, the trousers are kens (and too loose), and the jacket belongs to Dexter Charming. Bit of an odd mix, but I like how it looks on her!

So, heres the before and after, since I was organised enough to take one for once

You really wouldnt know that she’s the same doll. I might redo her at some point, because I think I can do better now, but I am pretty happy with her. At the time I was very pleased

Crochet Monster- not exactly a doll!

Something a little different. My friends son just turned two, and I made him a large cuddly monster toy as a present.

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The basic patterns are from a book called Edwards Crochet Imaginarium, but I tend not to follow instructions exactly, and it doesnt look all that much like the photos in the book. I made it using chunky yarn, and its nearly as tall as the aforementioned two-year-old. I think using that yarn made it a little floppy. In all the photos in the book, features like the wings stand up reasonable well, since a fabric made of double crochet is usually a bit stiff, but thanks to the weight, all his parts that arent very firmly stuffed have a tendency to flop.

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There are the wings. Another difference from the books recommendations, is the yarn types and colours I chose. The designer had all the monsters looking quite nice in all one colour, or a couple of coordinated colours, and they are all made with natural yarns in slightly more muted colours.

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All my yarns came from my stash. I deliberately used yarns of different textures since toys for younger children often seem to do that, so I figured its probably something that they like. I also chose lots of bright colours, and didnt worry too much about if they went together. I mean, its a monster!

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A lot of the yarns I used were multi-coloured. For one thing, a lot of the yarns in my stash are multi-coloured, because those tend to be the ones Im drawn to when shopping. Plus, I thought it was just fun. The body is probably the most boring bit. What I was trying to do, was create a tummy patch like some animals have, using a particularly soft and fluffy cream yarn. However, the book didnt have any tummy patches in the patterns, so I just guessed when to switch from one yarn to another, and it ended up a little bit wonky. And, then I ran out of the brown I was using, and decided to just finish the torso off in the cream anyway. I still like it

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The book also provided instructions for a fairly simple, minimalist face, but I wanted the monster to look really happy, so once again I improvised. Embroidering on crocheted fabric is hard, because there are gaps, which are sometimes exactly where I want the needle to go, so I end up having to compromise. I still dont think that the face is too bad though.

The two year old wasnt especially impressed with it, but thats because immediately after opening it he was given a light-up, noise-making dinosaur toy, so it was a bit overshadowed. His mum liked it though, and he might be more into it later, once the novelty of the dinosaur has worn off!

Disney Animators Collection Merida Custom

I continue to be bad at doing this whole blog thing. Life goes on I guess, and I’ve got other stuff to be doing. I think it would help if there were less steps to the process. At the moment, I take the photos on the camera, then transfer them to the laptop and make the post from here. If I had one of the fancy phones with a good camera and internet access, I could do both the photos and the writing from the same device, plus, I could do some writing on the move. I am starting to think that switching to a smart phone is inevitable, eventually. Everyone just seems to assume that you have one, and so it causes problems when I cant answer emails until I get home or whatever. The expectation is that you can always check your emails, and I think people rely on that. I get emails or facebook messages about last minute changes of location, for example, after Ive already set off, and so I miss them. Anyway.

After christmas, I went around some charity shops with my family, and one of the things I found was an animators collection Merida doll. Im always excited to get second hand animators dolls, because I really want to customise them, but I dont want to do that to a doll that I’ve bought new. Merida is especially exciting, because she is my favourite disney princess, and so I was especially looking forward to doing her. She’s actually my third animator custom doll, but I havent shared the second one just yet because although her face is done, she still needs a outfit. She cam naked, and I wanted to make her into a totally different character. Merida, on the other hand, came full dressed down to the shoes, and I didnt want to change her anyway. I just tried to redo her face to make it look  closer to the animated character, using stills from the film as a reference

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Im not totally sure how I feel about the finished result. As I was working on her I was quite happy, and still from some angles I like her, but I feel like from most angles she looks a bit cross-eyed.

Not sure. I might have another go at her in the future. As well as looking different from different angles, she also looks different in the photos I took. In real life her eyes are darker than that, but for some reason they photographed a much lighter shade of blue.

Another problem I had is that working from a reference picture meant that I had to deviate from my usual style, which is usually an upwards gaze with big pupils, so I wasnt as comfortable working with her as I might have been. But, lets face it, a cutesy look like I often do is totally not appropriate from Merida. She needs a lively face, with lots of cheeky expression

Who is this doll?

I went charity shopping a couple of weeks ago, and I was delighted to see this girl sitting on a shelf

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A BFC Ink doll, I assumed. She looks just like one

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She has all the articulation, she’s the same size, and the face looks right. And, she did come in that outfit. However, when I was looking her over after I got her home, I spotted that she had one odd thing. She has molded on underwear, with a print to it, and the print is the word Missy, in a repeating pattern. Why Missy? I didnt get it. I cant find anything linking that name to BFC Ink, and googling the name didnt bring up anything useful- there are tons of dolls with that name! My other BFC Ink doll, and any photos Ive seen, have painted on white underwear. Finally, when I started looking at pictures of all the different BFC Ink dolls I could find, I cant find one that exactly matches her. Her hair is a little redder than it appears in these photos, and I cant find a doll online with that hair colour, and style, and the same eye colour and skin tone. It might be that the photos Ive looked at have a similar issue to my photos, and that if I saw those dolls in person the colours would match, but given the underwear mystery, Id like to be sure.

I still love her, but Id love to know if she’s just a BFC Ink, or something different. She seems to have all the same molding except the underwear. Does anyone else hhave a BFC Ink doll with Missy underwear?

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