Thursday, June 30, 2011

Going through the stuff I already have

For years I've been collecting doll sized pocket books.  I spent the morning looking through them.   Someday I want to build a diorama of a sales floor.  (I have Chanel, Valentino, LV, Prada, Hermes -- I also have fun ones: Juicy Couture, Anne Klein and Ugg.) and more.  Many talented artists out there!

Sunday, June 26, 2011


Doing some sketching (I can't draw -- but I can interpret my doodles) -- of what would be in a basic wardrobe for a doll of our era or should the wardrobe be something else?  I guess what can be made versus what should be made.  I had an idea to "copy" some of the more outrageous "fashions" of today.  Or perhaps to build a basic wardrobe and expand on that.

I don't want to jinx myself but I think I'm very close to acquiring my "special doll" and I'm very excited about it.  I would like to build a mannequin from which to sew from.  Lots of anticipation there.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Here's my inspiration -- Betty Moddish's wardrobe

Photo of antique clothes for Betty Moddish.  Antique fashion doll aficionados know her as one of the oldest wardrobes (in tact) for a doll.  If my memory serves me correctly, clothes were made by an adult woman and her mother.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Got some fabric!

Went to a fabric shop in North Carolina. Got some interesting prints.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


I was able to buy some cool things while in Massachusetts. I'm in upstate NY wth no sign of doll's things. Heading south hoping to run into some stuff. Can't wait to get home to try to post pictures.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

the Wenham museum

Amazing. I strongly recommend to doll lovers / collectors. Spent about an hour and a half saturated in the displays. I have a photo to share. When I get home I will attempt to post. So inspiring.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Looking forward to travelling

I'm doing a bit of travel and look forward to being on the look out for "doll things".  I want to see the Wenham Massachusetts museum.  There is a display there of various dolls.  Including one of my inspirations.  Betty Modish (I think that was the doll's name).

Monday, June 13, 2011

Looking over some things.

I've decided not to rush into sewing (really dragging my feet).  I'm going to assess the "things" I've collected so far (I have a ton of stuff).  I think I'm going to try my hand at beading.  I was in New York a couple weeks ago.  I went to my favorite bead store.  Bead World (it's over by Macy's Herald Square).  I got some really tiny sequins and some glass seed beads.  I'm going to try beading on some super thin fabric (just for practice).

Friday, June 10, 2011

Putting out feelers

I'm wanting to start making some fashions, but I am still unsure about the size!  There are so many dolls out there.  I was leaning towards a typical fashion doll, then my search took me in another direction.  As I am still not sure if that will be a dead end, I'm in limbo until I find the suitable candidate (doll).

That said, I'm toying with a combination of commercial, custom and homemade fashions. I'm by no means a seamstress, so this will be very challenging for me.  I've heard that scale is very difficult with most dolls, but there are people out there with amazing skills.  I thought I should take a look at some of the fashions. Today, I found a Canadian company that seems to sell fashion doll clothes.  I'm very intrigued by the styles.  I decided to inquire about ordering a few.  If it works out, I'll post the fashions and the information.

As it is summer, and I have some free time, I bought some fabric and a pattern.  I thought I've always wanted to try sewing with a doll pattern.  I've collected patterns and fabrics over the years, but never found the doll I wanted to sew for.  I have Barbie patterns, Tyler patterns, and Gene patterns.   I also have those dolls, but was never inspired enough to even cut one. :(  Most of those dolls are still in their boxes in a spare closet.  Thinking back, this is a misstatement,  I actually have sewn for antique bisque dolls that I've collected over the years using silks and antique laces.  These were childlike fashions.   I am interested in developing a full wardrobe for an "older" doll.   I hope I can modify my patterns to fit a doll and that I will be inspired to sew.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Getting Started!

A few years ago I stumbled into the world of Ball Jointed Dolls (bjds).  These were not entirely foreign to me as I had collected antique German dolls and many of them had composition bodies with ball joints.  The thing about this resin world was (similar to antique fashion dolls) the availability of clothing, and accessories to rival those available in european cities years ago.   I am now in search of the "perfect doll" to shower my attentions and begin to design a wardrobe.

I've done a bit of traveling, but now I long to travel to gather textiles, laces, beads, and accessories.