December, 2009

A Dollys’ Night Before Christmas ~by awsumgal

Happy Christmas Eve dolly people!

I have written another dolly night before Christmas poem in honor of the season. I hope you enjoy it!

May your holidays be happy and healthy and full of joy and family :o)

Twas the night before day time, and all over my place
The dolls were happy and in their own space.
I made a room just for them with lit tree and set table
and included all holiday things I was able.
There was a piano, and fireplace and overstuffed chairs.
Candelabra, rug and the best lamp anywheres
Some seated some standing, the dolls were all posed
They looked happy and natural in their best clothes
The Devas were there, and the Sybs and some Tonners
Queen B, of course, had claimed the place of honor.
I turned out the lights except for their tree,
Whose lights were twinkling merry as can be.
I turned from this sight with joy in my heart
thankful that I could enjoy these wee works of art.
My head was quite foggy, it was past time for bed,
so I took myself up the stairs to lay down my head.
I was all happy and warm, as I lay under my quilt.
My mind filled with thoughts of their room I’d just built
While outside my window it had started to snow
A sound floated up from the rooms down below
If I didn’t know better, I’d have said it was Cross
I was sure she was serenading Jeremy Voss.
What a strange pairing, I had posed them apart
Him being so blond and her so dark.
The piano sounded, and merriment came after.
Trent must be playing I could tell through the laughter
It sounded like all kinds of fun underway
Though what they were up to I just couldn’t say
I was happy for them as I turned out my light
Happy Christmas to them, to you and to all a good night
~by awsumgal Dec 24 2009

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~Holiday Cheer~ Outfit for 6 Inch Vintage Dawn and Pippa Dolls

Happy snowy Wednesday dolly people! (Here anyway!)

In the spirit of the season I have just finished and listed a new outfit for the diminutive vinyl set, lol!

Here it is modeled by the lovely and talented Angie!!!

holiday cheer original awsumgal outfit for topper dawn and palitoy pippa 1

holiday cheer original awsumgal outfit for topper dawn and palitoy pippa 2

In a lovely rich red, paired with gold and lots of beads in those colours too, it’s the perfect outfit for holiday parties, or an elegant evening by the fire :o)

Click HERE to surf on over to the listing at ebay.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

~awsumgal

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Marilyn Monroe Seven Year Itch Doll Dress Done!

Hello dolly people!

As promised (though a little later in the day than I had anticipated :o) I have finished the white pleated dress. I have added the ties across the front and the long ones that hang down. This is the doll that I rerooted. If you remember from a previous post, it used to be dead straight. Not anymore, lol! I have heat styled her hair to give her Marilyn curls!

Anyway here are some pics of the finished ensemble….

awsumgal 7 Year Itch white pleated doll dress 1

awsumgal 7 Year Itch white pleated doll dress 2

Adding a little more wind :o)

awsumgal 7 Year Itch white pleated doll dress 3

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Marilyn Monroe Doll ‘Seven Year Itch’ White Pleated Dress

Happy Saturday doll people!

I have been working on several Marilyn Monroe doll projects and I have just finished the iconic white pleated halter dress that she wears when standing on the grate waiting for the subway to go past underneath and thereby give her some relief from the oppressive heat….

To refresh your memory….

awsumgal Marilyn Monroe Seven Year Itch Doll Dress 1

awsumgal Marilyn Monroe Seven Year Itch Doll Dress 2

awsumgal Marilyn Monroe Seven Year Itch Doll Dress 3

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So, thing one about this dress is the pleating of the skirt. It is the whole point of this dress as far as I’m concerned.

First, I went looking for pleated fabric…. HA! such things don’t exist! Well, maybe they do from time to time, but not with any regularity and not in the colour I want and certainly not with pleats as close together as I require. *sigh*

So, I was going to have to pleat my own fabric, and that necessitated a pleater board. And, no, you can’t buy those either. (Well I found one expensive little number online, but of course the pleat gauge was far too wide for dolls!) I was going to have to make my own pleater board.

It’s a rather long drawn out and repetitive activity, involving card stock, a wicked sharp knife and contact cement,  but I did find a very helpful tutorial online. :o)

HOW TO MAKE A PLEATER BOARD

Firstly, though I decided to test the pleat size with paper, just so I would know what I was aiming for and to get a real idea of how much fabric length I would need…

awsumgal Marilyn Monroe Seven Year Itch Doll Dress p1

In order to do this garment in doll scale, I needed a fabric that was light enough to pleat without being bulky, and not so light as to be a sheer fabric. It had to be white, of course and not satin shiny. I was hoping for a very lightweight linen but, I quickly learned that it just doesn’t come that lightweight :o(

Plan B was, well,  something else, lol! So I looked in my local supply spots, and I looked online too, but when you are looking for something that specific it’s hard to find the right thing online. It can be difficult to tell how shiny something really is, and how heavy is it and will it pleat, yada, yada…. If I bought everything I thought had potential, I’d be living in a cardboard box, full of fabric mind you, but then how would the UPS and Fed Ex guys find me to deliver dolls? (and WiFi? forgetaboudit! lol!)

Then I turned to my own considerable stash of fabrics. Lo and behold, I found just the right thing! It is a nylon that has just a bit a sheen, but is not shiny. It is opaque and light enough to pleat! Yeehaw! It will, I think, be light enough to float nicely, if my client decides to put a fan under her display for realism!

Here’s the skirt fabric before pleating or hemming. I used three pieces of fabric so that there wouldn’t be a seam centre front. That would have been icky!

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Here’s the pleater board I made and the fabric, plus some shims to help me keep the pleated fabric from working it’s way out while I pressed. (That was my hunny’s idea! One smart cookie, that one!)

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Pleating, pleating , pleating……

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So here I’m thinking it’s going rather well. It’s a little tough to keep it all straight, but it’s pretty good. And then I took it off the pleater board :o(

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It’s a little loosey goosey for my tastes! The pleats are the right guage and all, but the edges are not crisp. I think they need to be sharper. Thanks to all that’s holy for Swedish extremely fine gauge never leave holes in your fabric straight pins!

awsumgal Marilyn Monroe Seven Year Itch Doll Dress p6

Fiddley doesn’t begin to describe :o/

After much pressing (during which time everyone in my house had wrinkly clothes, ha!) I was happier with the pleating…

awsumgal Marilyn Monroe Seven Year Itch Doll Dress p7

After that, I had to test it on the doll with the bodice.

Here’s the bodice btw.

awsumgal Marilyn Monroe Seven Year Itch Doll Dress p8

Here it is with the pleated skirt…

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Then, as per request, I padded the chest a little…

awsumgal Marilyn Monroe Seven Year Itch Doll Dress p15

Then the earrings….

Here’s what I wanted them to look like:

awsumgal Marilyn Monroe Seven Year Itch Doll Dress p11

Here’s how I tackled them…

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With glue and some sewing and an acid free paper backing I made mini versions of her earrings.

awsumgal Marilyn Monroe Seven Year Itch Doll Dress p12

More work needs doing on the dress and her hair needs curling……but….that’s enough for today, I think :o)

Tune in tomorrow for the final finishing! :o)

Thanks for reading!

~awsumgal

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