Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

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!

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Putting on jackets and long sleeves tip

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.

DSC00256I 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.

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Will It Fit?

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.

Monster High

  • 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.

Moxie Girlz

  • Bratz (some, usually just the tops or skirts)
  • Barbie clothes, although they tend to be loose in areas and need refitting