A couple of weeks ago, I put Valessa and Ava on my table at a convention in Indianapolis – Starbase Indy to be precise – and lo to my delight they found a home at last.
But parting is such sweet sorrow. We at the Fashion Doll Witness Program love it when those who come to us are able to stand on their two vinyl feet and walk strongly away into new glamorous lives. But we also miss them.
As soon as I make contact with their new home, certificates of authenticity will be mailed to ensure their new identities remain intact.
Congratulations, Valessa and Ava!
One chilly November day, we at the Fashion Doll Witness Protection Program were contacted by special service agents from a secret program under the government umbrella. There was a famous gymnast defecting from Russia, and they wanted our help in giving her a new identity.
We were only happy to oblige. How could we turn her away? This is how Ava came to us — we shan’t reveal her real name, but let’s just say that you might recognize her if you get your hands on the right Russian newspapers.
I love the Moxie Girlz, and I’m kind of sad that they’re not being manufactured anymore. When they were out and an item, of course I didn’t have the money to purchase them. I do have one in my personal collection I had repainted, and I’ll photograph her eventually. I also have this beauty, who I rescued from somewhere but it’s been so long I can’t remember where from. I see them on ebay sometimes. I’m probably going to start buying them.
Her before pictures:
She smells a little bit like mothballs, but she was still in excellent condition. I just needed to get her hair straight. She’s a basic model Avery Moxie Girlz still in her original clothing, so I only repainted her face. I tried to give her a small quirk of a smile to go with one narrowed eye and a lifted eyebrow.
Ava has found a home. Her new owner will receive a certificate of authenticity once we can make contact.
One thing that drives me crazy when trying to put long-sleeved anything on my fashion dolls is how their hands, especially their fingers, will catch and not let you get the garment on. Tonight the Monster High doll in the featured image caught the sleeve of my favorite Shibajuku jacket and poked a hole in it. ARGH!
So here’s something I figured out to get the clothes on easier, and I’m sharing it with you. It’s very simple.
I wrapped scotch tape tightly around my doll’s fingers and form a sort of sheath. I did it so the fingers were pulled in a little bit. (Not all dolls will let you do that.) When I was done my doll’s hand looked like the images to the right.
Once I had her hands all nice and bound, I put on a Bratz outfit I got on clearance. Her arms slipped right through without a hitch!
I have to remember to do this in the future.
Here she is all dressed up! Although she only looks this way until I am ready to work my evil magic and transform her into someone new.
I don’t like most Barbie and Barbie knock-off fashions, but I absolutely love some of the things I see for other dolls. So I’ve begun to compile my own list of what to get and what not to get, and I’m putting it here.
My list isn’t as complete as some because I’m only adding as I find out per doll I have actually worked on. So I also suggest the following things I found on Google (partly of which I have pulled the information from aside from experience):
On to the dolls.
- Disney VIP clothes
- Teen Skipper clothing, but slightly loose
- Petite and tall Barbie clothing
- Bratz clothing, although crop shirts and pants are high.
- Monster High Boys can wear Bratz Boys outfits, but it’s a little short
- Moxie Girl pants and skirts. Shirts fit Monster High Boys but usually not girls.
- Stardoll shoes
- Cutie-Pop Clothes
- Blythe clothing, but not shoes.
- Licca clothing
- Dal clothing
- Shibajuku (I love their outfits!). A tad loose but can be worked with.
- Wigs: Liv wigs, Moxie Teenz, and size 5/6 doll
Ever After High
- Star Darlings clothes, but not the shoes
Barbie (all types)
- Shibajuku – fits slim bodied Barbies and some average and old-fashioned bodies. Curvy Barbies will fit some shirts and maybe a skirt.
- Sparkle Girlz – fits slim bodied and average Barbies. Curvy Barbies depend on the outfit. Shoes fit.
- Bratz (some, usually just the tops or skirts)
- Barbie clothes, although they tend to be loose in areas and need refitting
Yes, it’s been a while but I have returned with a new addition to the Fashion Doll Witness Protection Program (going since 2003!). Her name is Valessa, and she was once a Mattel Barbie Teresa. Let me sing you the song of my people – I mean, let me tell you her woeful tale.
I was going through my big box of dolls to be rescued the other day and found this lady in her box. I had bought her to give her a makeover, but considering her toy line isn’t made anymore and I am still head-over-heels in love with the Janay line I have decided to keep her.