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Sadie – ooak Pippa doll reroot repaint make over

Happy Saturday doll fans! Today I have for you a repainted, rerooted and redressed vintage Palitoy Pippa doll. Same scale as her American counterpart, Topper Dawn. I don’t do very many Pippa makeovers, not because I don’t like Pippa, but because they are very hard to come by on this side of the Atlantic, especially in Canada. No finding them in boot sales around here!

I have a small collection that I have curated over the years and there have always been a couple of girls who were waiting patiently for new hair and faces. This is one of them πŸ™‚

I gave this girl a platinum blonde reroot because I just love that super pale blonde hair! I use a sew in method that is a variation of the lock loop, so I don’t fill their heads with glue. I don’t use any glue. I also don’t poke the hair into the scalp from the outside as that method tends to tear the vinyl of the head.

After her reroot she was parted and styled and given a trim. (Side note: I was sure I had taken some in process pictures but now they’ve disappeared! If I locate them I’ll update the post.)

Then on to her new features. I gave her warm brown eyes with a little black subtle liner and deep red lips. I use artist quality paints pigments and sealers on my repaints. I want them to stay looking fresh and just painted for years to come. I rerooted her lashes as well.

She needed something fitting to wear and I chose deep red silk to match her lips. Her raw silk outfit is a two piece dress. The strapless bustier top is fully lined and fastens with two brass beads ands hand knotted red thread loops and the matching gathered skirt has a silk waistband and also fastens with a brass bead and hand knotted thread loop. It has metal chain and red glass seed bead hem embellishment all the way around the hem.

I’ve made accessories to finish her look. She carries a hard sided red silk purse. This tiny purse has metal wire handles, is lined inside, opens for Pip’s important bits, and fastens with, you guessed it, a brass bead and hand knotted thread loop. She’s also got a chain necklace sporting a small red Swarovski crystal in the center and she wears a custom pair of shoes. The little gold shoes have chain uppers and stacked bead heels.

This little lady is on Ebay right now but only for another day and a half!

Sadie on Ebay

Thanks for stopping in πŸ™‚


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~Frost!~ Winter Holiday OoAK Topper Dawn Repaint

My second holiday doll offering this year is ~Frost!~

She is a vision in blue. She has blue hand painted, tencel roving rerooted hair, permanently styled in a very long, random bead cinched, loose braidΒ  that trails all the way to the floor. She’s wearing a dress of lovely pale blue fabric with a matte satin finish and just a hint of iridescence. Perfect for a winter themed fantasy doll. The hemline of this gown has random various white, clear and pearlescent beads sewn all the way around. The wide sleeve edges enjoy the same embellishment. The center front bodice also sports a bead decoration.


This Topper Longlocks doll has been repainted in support of her new role as ~Frost!~ Her eyes are pale blue, she has dark grey shadow and pale pink lips.






~Frost!~ is available right now in my Etsy shop along with Dawn ~Peace!~ and Monster High Lagoona ~Angel!~

Link to Awsumgals Etsy Shop

Thanks for reading and Happy Holidays!


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Meet ~Mindy!~ my new mohair vintage Dawn ooak

Just finished and listed this vintage Dawn updated doll πŸ™‚

She’s and H11A headmold on a Hong Konh H bod.



Short post today as I in the middle of like three projects!!!!

Here’s Mindy’s eBay link….

Mindy on Ebay

More next time πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping in!


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19″ Uneeda Dollikin Restoration Update-Putting Her Back Together!

The reroot is finally done! Phew. These girls take a lot of hair. I did the slow and painful, but ultimately best looking and longest lasting, plug by plug sew in lock loop variant that I always use. It’s not too bad on a small gal like Dawn or Pippa, but holy cats, it a long drawn out process on a Blythe or a 19″ Dollikin! They have big heads, lol!

Any way here is the lovely gal getting some hair. Just a few in process shots…

Gee, I sure hope that orange mark comes off of her eyelid. It’s downright distracting! (No worries! It does in fact come off :o)

She’s starting to look really pretty already :o) (Despite the big bald pate, lol!)

Okay two is enough embarrassing photos! Here she is with all of her hair….

I like it! She’s got a Tuesday Weld/Brigitte Bardot kind of vibe going on! She’s maybe more of a 50’s bombshell. I can see her in some sexy glamourous looks ;o)

Back to business here. Now that she’s finally got her hair on, it’s time to put all of that gone through the wash tissue back into her head. It’s so low tech and kind of quaint.I reserved all of that stuff safely in a baggie while I rerooted her scalp.

There’s the tissue, the cardboard plug and the neck hook all ready to go back to where it belongs.

I have discretely signed the inside flange of her head, so that it’ll be know that she’s a restoration :o)

I’ve also popped an identifying card in there so if in another 50 years someone wants to restore her they’ll find this. It’ll be like a timecapsule! And on with the stuffing!

It’s all in there now. Time to pop the cardboard circle in there and then the neck hook that will attach her head to the rest of her body.

It’s a little tricky, so take your time here. You don’t want to rip the vinyl of her neck. A small screwdriver or “a crochet hook” helps a lot here.

The larger diameter ring of the neck hook piece needs to go under the vinyl of her head. It’s bigger than the opening so it takes a little finagling to get get it in place.

Here’s what it looks like when it’s in.

With that done, it’s time to reassemble her bod. Not really looking forward to this bit I have to admit! I’ve heard horror stories from the trenches, and after all of the hair work, I would be deeply bummed if I snapped something trying to put her back together. My advice to anyone who wants to “restring” (they’re not really strung so much as hooked and looped!)  their Dollikin is…

1. Time – don’t be in a rush here. Set aside an hour or two and be prepared for it to take that long!

2. Crochet Hooks – even if you don’t crochet, these hooks are indispensable in m studio. I have them in every conceivable size. They were a huge help fitting rubber rings onto “s” hooks.

3. 9 cups of Tea, or possibly Scotch depending on the time of day and your preference. (Well, ok the majority of the Scotch should probably be held in reserve for the afterparty when you and your doll are in one piece!)

Be patient and calm and don’t give up. I’ve heard people suggest hauling one of your friends over to help you with this, although I don’t see how two extra hands in there would help, unless they’re tending bar, lol!

Ok so here we go…..

Quick explanation here…. These vintage 19″ girls have a spring that attaches on the top to that hook sticking out of her neck and on the bottom to a hook in the torso, that doesn’t ever want to come out. I suppose I could have forced it, but force is never really recommended on a vintage doll, unless you want a pile of plastic shards when you;re done! If you can keep the spring in place, you will save huge amounts of time for yourself. My spring became detached from the torso hook. The spring attaches to this hook on the inside of the torso. There is no way to get in there! So, if your spring comes off of that (like mine did) you’ll need to spend some time trying to fish it back on there. It’s doable, but it’s a pain. So if you can avoid it, do so!

The rest of her body is attached together with heavy duty rubber loops. These are like no rubber band I’ve ever seen! Mine rubber bands were so old many of them had just broken into little brittle pieces…

There are “stringing diagrams” elsewhere on the web, but generally speaking, Dollikins shoulders and leg tops have rods inside across the tops. These rods should have strong metal hooks that in turn attach to the rubber loops. One rubber loop travels from shoulder hook to shoulder hook and another connects both leg hooks to the torso hook through the pelvis piece. The lower arms and hands and the lower legs and feet have elastic loops of their own. My girls hands were very floppy (the elastic had disintegrated) so I replaced those. Her feet are fine though so I’ve left those in place. If it ain’t broke and all that, lol!

You can see the sad state of the old elastic, and it sure isn’t your average rubber band!

Same with the elastic in the lower arm for the hand, it’s totally brittle and useless! I replaced the hands with sewing elastic that I tied as tightly as I possibly could. The rest of her was done with rubber loops but I didn’t have small enough “s” hooks and though I could have bent my own out of heavy wire, I wasn’t convinced they would ultimately be strong enough…

In fact I got her all put together with the sewing elastic method and she was soooo floppy. The sewing elastic was as tight as I could get it and was pulled taut continuously. She was still too floppy to hold pose and I didn’t think the sewing elastic would last very long in it’s constantly pulled state. It is designed to stretch, but ideally not to be always in a stretched state. I was not happy with that result.

So, sadist that I must be, I took her apart again and reattached her with “o” rings that I purchased at my local hardware store (I confess a deep love of hardware stores, but that is a whole other post, lol!) After wrestling, cursing, tea drinking, having a little lie down, and back at it again, she was all one piece. Still floppier than I wanted. I couldn’t imagine connecting her bits any tighter than they already were (without the help of a machine and a lobotomy) so I sueded her joints.

There are as many ways to do this as grains of sand. Ok maybe not that many, but there are lots. One I have heard discussed often s the hot glue method. When people say “smear the hot glue around the joint as thinly as possible with your finger I know that method is not for me! I have burned many digits with my glue gun so that method makes me cringe a little inside! I went with the adhesive moleskin method. No moles were actually skinned to suede this dolls joints, so sit back down! It’s the handy cushioning material designed to make those ouchy bits on your feet never come in contact with our shoes ever again, and it’s not made of moles!

After sueding everything, she poses fantastically! She can even -gasp!- stand on her own! Seriously! I have the pics to prove it, lol!

Look ma, no stand!

I’m really happy with her stringing and bod now! She’s such a poseur! lol :o)

She’s almost complete. I will be touching up her make up a little and replacing some missing lashes. I think she needs a pretty french manicure and pedicure too. Then it’ll be time to make her some drop dead 40’s and 50’s fashions!Can’t wait :o)

Wow, that was a long one, thanks for hanging in ’til the end!

Have a wonderful day!


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~Siobhan!~ OOAK Topper Dawn Reroot and Redress

Happy Saturday people!

I hope you’ve all been enjoying the Olympic Games this past week! What an emotional rollercoaster, wow!

I have just finished and listed a ooak vintage Topper doll refab. She is a six and a half inch K10 Angie. She had terrific face paint but her hair was missing a fair number of plugs and I considered restoring those plugs with her original colour, but then decided I would rather change her colour. There’s something quite nice about a blonde Angie, in my opinion.

Here she is before any work was done…

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You can see how lovely her pace paint is. She missing her lashes on one eye as well, so she gets a relash too.

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So you can see there is a fair amount of hair that is MIA…. So, off with the rest of it!

First the highly attractive buzz cut (sorry Angie!) She looks a little peeved I think :o)

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Poof! She totally bald…..but just for a short while.

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I’ve removed her lashes too.

And so it begins! I have chosen a honey blonde shade for her and I think it’s a wonderful colour for her.

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She looks happier already, lol.

I took a couple of shots of the handbag I made for her while in process….

First I designed the bag after surfing handbag sites. There are some really terrific sites devoted to designer handbags. Did you know that you can RENT designer bags? Who knew? Well maybe you all did, but I sure didn’t. And Dang but there are some really delicious handbags out there….. I may become and handbag AND shoe hoarder Yikes!! But I digress……

Then I drew out my idea and decided on fabrics. When I was happy with the size and proportion and all I plotted a pattern and cut my pieces.

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Here is her purse after almost all the work is done (sometimes I get so entranced in what I’m doing I forget to stop and take pics!)The bag just needs its’ second chain strap.

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This tiny little handbag took an entire day! It’s amazing something so small could take that long to complete. (In it’s defense though, it is fairly detailed and complicated!) Her Mary Jane strap shoes also took an entire day, but I love them and wish they would fit my own feet :o)

They are beautiful quality palest pink microsuede that I purchased from a bear making supplier at a sewing show and one little piece was insanely expensive! But, it’s beautiful and a joy to work with! These little wee shoes are topstitched and have little gold bead accents and brown heels.

I didn’t shoot any process pics, but here they are done!

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Here they are with their matching handbag…..

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Here’s Siobhan all finished and ready to take on anything life throws at her!

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Her sheath dress is silk in one of the prettiest prints I have ever seen! And it feels beautiful too :o)

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I think she looks happier, now that she has hair again and is dressed, lol.

Here’s a link to her auction…. SIOBHANS’ AUCTION

Thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend!


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