Saturday, June 1, 2013

Another Doll Fashion Show!

 Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!

Apologies for my absence last week. I was away, puppy sitting for my favorite nephew dog, and I didn't get my Internet connection figured out until the last day. 

Of course, there's another reason for my dropping off the face of the Earth. My obsession with making doll clothes continues, and it's taken some fun and surprising turns.

After my last post, I continued to play around with felt. And as promised... I made a sequined skirt! 

I also started playing around with other fabrics. The black shirt is fleece, the red tube top is stretchy t-shirt material, and so is the other shirt.  And yes, that's a denim skirt with sequin and thread embroidery -- I see a lot of these in my future. 

(In case you're wondering about the doll with the cotton candy pink hair, I dyed her hair just this evening. I absolutely love how it turned out! It's so soft and shiny, and it's the exact shade I was aiming for. If you're interested in learning how I colored it, let me know -- I'd be happy to share the technique.

I did another one, too -- but I didn't have an outfit for her. So I'll have to show her off another time.)

After making my first pair of doll pants, I decided to make some skirts out of cotton quilting fabric. Some of them were pretty cute, but a few of them were too long... and this is where I got my brilliant idea. Why not slide the skirt up past the waist, add a ribbon, and make a dress?

And that's how my Garden Party series came to be. I jazzed up some of the outfits with simple bracelets and necklaces, and the doll in the daisy dress is wearing an itty bitty fascinator I made during my college years. Don't the dolls look like they're ready to sit in the garden, drink lemonade, and talk about scandalous things?

(And in case you're wondering about the doll in the pansy dress, I gave her the haircut. My many, many years of botched Barbie hairdos have finally paid off. She looks adorable! The messier her hair gets, the better it looks.)

I've made plenty of other things, but they'll have to wait for later. In the meantime, I see a lot more doll jewelry in my future. And some more sequined skirts. I've also been playing around with darts and made my first dress while I was puppy sitting. I'm hoping to work my way up to elaborate beaded ballgowns... but for now, cotton fabric works!

(There may also be purple or magenta hair.)

And that concludes this week's doll fashion show. I hope you enjoyed it! Being Barbie's dressmaker and stylist continues to make me insanely happy and to put my creativity into overdrive.

Now it's your turn: what are you making? I'd love to know.

Thanks for sharing, and have a sequintastic day!


  1. These dolls and their clothes are so cute! I love the pink hair and only wish I was younger so I could have pink hair...or maybe lavender in my case!

    1. Thank you, Janet! I wish I could do pink or lavender hair, too. I'm very allergic to dye, though, so I have to live vicariously through my dolls.

      There's no age limit on funky-colored hair! I say go for it. I could see you in lavender. :)

  2. I too wish I could pull off pink tresses :D I love the sequined skirt (totally wishing I could pull that off as well). Message me if you ever need Barbies for repurposing. I hate to throw them out or send to donation bin. They deserve to get glammed up again with some tlc!

  3. Wow. Those dolls and the clothes you have made for them are nothing short of awesome. Makes me wish I had some dolls to have a go myself!! I can't wait for the next instalment!! x

    1. Thank you, Emily!

      Check at yard sales, flea markets, and stores like Goodwill and Salvation Army. They're a great source for dolls, and so is eBay. In fact, I have now banned myself from eBay because I want to buy every doll I see. ;)

  4. Oh my! These are really cute. And these dolls really do have fashionable clothes too. But I am pretty interested with how you did the colouring of her hair (I am referring to the cotton candy pink hair)? It is really cool?

    1. Hi there!

      To get the pink hair, I used watered down acrylic paint (Liquitex brand) and an old toothbrush. I combed the paint through until it covered the hair evenly, and then I brushed it with a doll brush to make sure it didn't stick together. I also used a blow dryer to help the paint dry.

      I used the blow dryer again the next day to set the paint. Sometimes if the hair is stiff and brushing doesn't work, I use just a little conditioner in the hair. I don't leave it in very long, though, because it can start to take the paint out.

  5. Lovely. And a great doll hair dye tip too - I shall have to try this out!

    1. Dyeing doll hair is so much fun and *highly* addictive.

      It's also really messy! I dye my doll hair in the basement on top of an old plastic tarp, and I wear clothes I don't care about because paint can splatter. Also, I like to wrap my dolls in plastic wrap so I don't get paint on their bodies.

      Have fun! <3


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