Doll clothes are cute.

I’ve been delaying this post for a couple of days now, waiting for some more items to arrive. But they haven’t arrived yet so no more delaying!

There is this big temptation when looking at stores that sell doll clothes and it is hard to fight it. It’s almost like buying clothes for a baby girl: everything is so cute and little and beautiful and pink! Irresistible! It’s hard to not want to buy almost everything you see. Of course, that is a bit exaggerated since not everything will fit your doll’s ideal wardrobe but even out of that ideal, many times I see things that I just think “Oh, that is so cute. I wonder how it would look.”

About two weeks ago I was very lucky to get a end of the month bundle from Miema Dollhouse. There were only few available so as I was browsing their website I didn’t really think I would get one. I did! Yay! The one I picked consisted of an orange dress, a colorful jumper (I hope it’s the right name!), a green skirt, several tops, a shirt, a blue hat and two pairs of high socks. Let me show you:

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I love the dress the most, not only because it is a dress and very well cut, but also being simple I can style it in many different ways. The orange goes really well with Amelia’s orange eye chips! The hat is very cute and super smooth and the pin gives it that extra touch. The tops and shirt are also very cute and a much needed addition to my doll’s wardrobe. I don’t have that many clothes yet. YET she says… lol  My favorite is the blue and green with flowers but I like all of them. Nothing much to say about the green skirt, only that it fits well and the green is pretty. The socks are very well made and the colors will work very well with Amelia’s wardrobe (existing and future). They seem to be made of a much better construction than the ones I bought so far. I like that. A lot. The only thing that doesn’t fit well for my taste is the jumper, which seems to be too big for Blythe. I will fix that soon. By the way, the denim skirt in the picture is not part of the bundle. I made it myself, or I should say I’m still finishing it, as I plan to turn it into a jumper too. But it was finished enough for the photo so I just let it stay on!

I’m very happy with my bundle, even more considering it was a super deal with some bonus chocolates (yummy!) and a Blythe themed notepad included. I will be looking forward to get more of these bundles! For sure!

And because temptation is big and we can’t always resist, I’ve bought something else for my Amelia. Currently I’m waiting for some tights to arrive (still!) and this weekend I ordered one dress and two pairs of socks from PeaceLoveAndBlythe.

It hasn’t been shipped yet but I can’t wait to see Amelia in this dress. It’s pretty for spring and summer and I love the colors and the bow detail. I’m also waiting for some fabric and ribbons. And this is it as far as shopping goes (she says lightly, as if it’s just one thing or two).

I’ve been trying to craft something everyday but these past two weeks most days were just too tiresome to leave me with energy for anything other than just go to bed when the day comes to an end. However I have successfully crochet my first top with sleeves and that makes me happy. I chose this pretty sage green in lace weight yarn to make it but since I was just winging it, it’s far from perfect and I still have to make it more friendly to put it on a doll. I’ve also made a simple bodice in crochet thread nº10, closed with a ribbon on the back. It needs some embellishments I think. It’s very fitted and it won’t look good on top of a bulky skirt/pants/shorts.

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Amelia in tops

Right now on my hooks I have two clothing articles:

  • a skirt, in a dark red crochet thread nº10, that is in the very beginning and I’m actually writing it as I go (yes!);
  • another top but this time with an opening on the back and a different neck, same yarn, same pattern (moss stitch or granite stitch).

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Hopefully it won’t take me that long to finish them although I do have a CAL (crochet-along) starting next week.

And I think this is it for today, although I have this feeling I’m forgetting something. Oh well, whatever it is, it will have to wait!

Sweet Amelia

It’s been two weeks since I received my sweet Amelia! I want to thank Jessica for letting me adopt her NRFB Jane Lefroy. I made a post about it the same day at Blythe Kingdom but then I got very busy with the usual routine and delayed making this post on my blog. First, I didn’t want to just copy what I wrote on my BK post and second, I wanted to try to tame her hair. Hard task I tell you! But I will show in the end the current state of Amelia’s hair.

A side note: with Amelia’s arrival I decided to create a Flickr account to keep all my photos of her together. That’s me, keeping things in order with folders and boxes and baskets! Anyway, for the ones interested, this is my Flickr.

Amelia arrived on my husband’s birthday but he was sick and we didn’t have much of a celebration. I actually felt a bit bad all day because I was so obviously happy while he was in pain. Yes, not very nice of me but I couldn’t help to feel happy about having Amelia right there. As I was deboxing Amelia and  carefully getting her out of all that plastic and taking some decent photos of the whole process, both my children were trying to ‘help me’. It was messy. First comment my husband made looking at my Blythe doll was “Disturbing.” while I had a smile from ear to ear. Haha! I guess it could have been worse!

Let show some photos that I managed to take:

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Deboxing!

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And some more plastic!

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Amelia’s complete stock.

I found the whole deboxing process very stressing. Of course my circumstances didn’t help but still there was so much plastic and tape everywhere! I felt like one misstep and I was going to damage my sweet doll. After that part was done it was better.

I love the colors of her stock and I think it is very lovely but I don’t particularly like the fabric of the inner dress. It feels very weird, like it’s made of plastic. The outer part of the dress is nice, soft fabric, and a bit heavy with all the embroidery on it. The panties are so cute and stretchy, so much nicer than some I’ve seen in other girls. The shoes seem to fall very easily though. Also, I don’t like the stand. It just doesn’t feel secure enough but that might be because of all her hair. She has a loooot of hair. Which leads me to the next photos.

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Out-of-box hair.

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Current hair.

For somebody that is getting her first Blythe and isn’t used to dealing with doll hair, getting that hair is very intimidating. So far I washed her hair 3 times, combed it very slowly and carefully after drying. It still feels dry in the ends and frizzled in many parts. I think she may need a small cut but I’m not sure, so for now I will let it be the way it is.

For a while I was thinking very seriously if I wanted to leave Amelia as she is or if I would like to send her to someone to be customized. I like her the way she is but I would rather have her face matte instead of shiny. However, after the first few days passed I noticed two little marks on her right cheek. Up close they look like tiny holes under the shiny finish. It’s all smooth, you can’t feel them. So I’m very inclined to have her customized. Still thinking about it.

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And now to finish this post on a good note, I’d like to show two little dresses I made for Amelia, without patterns, one a mix of crochet and sewing and the other one just crochet. The first one you might recognize it from a previous post: it was meant to be a skirt but I decided that it looked better as a dress. lol I’m going to eventually write the pattern for the crochet dress and then share it here on my blog. It may take a while to write it down but I will try to do it as fast as I can! I have several wips but I will leave that for another day.

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Amelia is home.