Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Hello Kitty Doll Clothing

Last week was my granddaughters birthday and she loves Hello Kitty.  So I made her and her sister several outfits using the design. I also made some extra to sell. I also made a shirt using Liberty Jane's Clothing - Peplum top.  I added my own twist to it by using coordinating fabric from the shorts. 

While at Target last week I got the Generation doll scooter and Our Generation horse.

This is the Peplum Liberty Jane pattern I used for this top .

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18 inch Boy Doll Clothes - handmade

I have started making and selling 18 inch boy doll clothes. Here are some the outfits I have made.
I also made Car's theme bedding shown above.
Denim shorts 
Complete baseball outfit - used Liberty Jane T-shirt Pattern. I found the baseball at Dollar Tree for $1.00. Actually came with soccer and basketball - 3-pack). I used clear rubber bands to secure the ball in his hand.
Update - New photos
Swimming Trunk/Shorts

 Sail boat, rope and anchor print design.
Moon and Stars PJ's set (I purchased cars at Wal-Mart for a dollar).  They are actually my granddaughters. Our driveway slopes and we have "car races" with the cars).
Found this football at Michaels for a $1. Fits perfect in his hands.  Also found the black and white tennis shoes at Michaels too - used my 40% off coupon.
Dinosaur print short set - shirt is appliqued.  T-shirt is from Liberty Jane Clothing. I added my own bias that I made from jersey knit material to neck and arms. Found soccer ball at Michaels for $1.  Perfect size for 18 inch boy doll.  
Dump Truck print short set

 I had got the truck at Wal-Mart for $3.00. Perfect size for 18 in boy doll. My husband made the night stand. Drawer slides in and out.  The trash can is a pencil holder that I found at the Dollar Tree store for a $1.00.

Liberty Jane Clothing suggest taking good photo's and I really try to make my photo's realistic.
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Sunday, June 23, 2013

18 inch Boy Doll Makeover #2

I had already purchased Dana from Toy's R Us store before I purchased Lilly Anna from Target to change over to a boy.  After I got home and looked more closely I was thinking she would be difficult to change into a boy doll.  After I changed Lilly Anna to Ryan (here is the link tutorial just in case you missed it

I decided not to return Dana to the store but change her to boy doll - Blake. 
This is what she looked like at first - meet Dana -
 Dana in the box above. Below is a close up of Dana with her glasses on.
 Below is Dana undressed, small braid in hair removed. Getting ready for the transformation.  As you can see Dana has longer eyelashes.
I used magic eraser to remove pink blush on cheeks
Left side of face - all of the blush has been removed.
 Here we used the burnt ? something to paint on the eyebrows.  Since the hair is darker on this one, we only used one color to thicken the eyebrows.
 Here my husband in making sure the eyebrows match

Journey dolls hair is section off into wider rows of rooted hair.  She was a little bit more challenging that the Generation doll with the full thick head of hair.

Here the hair is sectioned off into three sections to cut hair

 Using texturizing shears to cut hair to prevent the blunt doll hair cut (like the kind you get when the kids use regular scissors when cutting dolls hair....)

Hair has been cut and now trimming the long eyelashes.

Are You Ready To Meet Blake?

I hope I have inspired you in this blog as well as my others to try something or to do something that has been a wish or goal.  I have had several people tell me that I am "a go getter - when you decide on something you just do it". I agree I am. I never try to let fear get in my way - well except for that machine sitting to my left....the beast the Serger.  I do not know why I fear that machine.  Oh well - maybe this week I will tackle it and master it. 

I made the red T-shirt and the shorts - transportation print with airplane, fire truck, cars, and trucks.

I hope you have enjoyed the transformation from Dana to Blake.
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18 inch Boy Doll - Little Slugger outfit

This morning I created an outfit for an 18 inch boy doll - Ryan is the modeling Little Slugger outfit.  He is the doll I transformed this past week from a Generation girl doll - here is the link just incase you missed it

I had several request to make some boy doll outfits and I went to Joann's and found some really nice red jersey knit fabric and some red and white baseball print fabric.   I made a T-shirt and a pair of shorts.  I used a doll short pattern and extended the length on them for "boy shorts".

I wanted to make a baseball hat so I went through my patterns and came across Simplicity 1928 - cap A.  I modified the pattern. I did no sew in liner and I changed location of brim to make it look more realistic.  I sewed a 2 inch strip of elastic in the back to create a snug fit.

I have this outfit listed on my Etsy store

I found the baseball at the Dollar Tree store. Perfect size and perfect fit for dolls hand.
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Friday, June 21, 2013

Transforming Girl Doll into Boy Doll

I have been asked to make doll clothes for 18 inch boy dolls.  I needed a boy model quickly so I happen to remember Darby from My Froggy Stuff doing a tutorial on transforming a girl doll into a boy doll. So I quickly looked up the tutorial and there was two.  She took one Springfield doll link here "Make an American Boy for Less"      and one Journey doll from Toy's R Us  link for this tutorial American Boy Doll: Attempt #2

I looked at the Springfield dolls at Michaels and I went to Toy's R Us and looked at there dolls.  Still wasn't 100% satisfied.  I knew that I was going to IL today with my daughter and granddaughters, and they have a Target store.  I looked at every doll they had.  I wanted one with a fuller face - narrow lips. I found one. 
Meet Lilly Anna
 She has long blonde hair and her hair is very thick and full.  Some of the other dolls had wide spaces between the rows of hair and had some painted hair in between the roots.  I wasn't sure about that.  Some had short bangs and I knew that would be difficult to style into a boys hair cut (without showing roots and scalp).
 As you can see here - very thick hair. 
My husband is a cosmetologist and he agreed to help me with the transformation. 
The first think I did was take a magic eraser and rubbed over the cheek bones to remove the pink blush. I gently rubbed the vinyl.
Next we needed to take care of those tiny black eyebrows. I had some paint here that I use for my nursing moulage simulation (make nursing wounds and other medical aspects realistic for my nursing students).  There was a thin black curved line above her eyes for her eye brows.
 He had some MicroBrushes that he got at Hobby Lobby...very tiny and perfect the job.
 As you can see here the tip is very small.
 Sorry the bottle label is not in the best shape - I used Folk Art artist paint color burnt ? something - label is torn.

 I also liked the color of her lips I remembered on My Froggy's tutorial on her doll she didn't change lip color since it was more natural looking.  In the tutorial on My Froggy Stuff she had to paint the dolls lips on the Springfield but on the Journey doll she didn't have to.  I left the lips natural color.
My husband felt the eye brows were too dark since the hair color was blonde. I had a lighter tan colored paint - Coffee Latte
So he painted some of it on top of the dark color and blending it in with the dark brown.

When doing the other eyebrow to make sure you get them even it is best to turn the doll upside down.
Now for the real transformation - cutting the long hair.  We started cutting hair on the kitchen counter

 He used regular shears to cut off long hair.
Parting hair and cutting off long length.  The scissors on the counter is texture shears and cuts hair in fine pieces and he decided it would be messy and get all over kitchen.  He used this type of shear to prevent blunt cut look. So we went into the garage to finish cutting the hair due to hair would be everywhere in my kitchen.

Hair cut done - wow the transformation.  Needs to be styled
 Back view of hair
Came into house and quickly made some boy shorts and used a yellow t-shirt (pattern is from Liberty Jane) from the AG dolls collection. 
 This is the back of head view. A lot of length taken off.
My daughter and granddaughters seen picture said hair needed something else... So I went the hair and finger styled into the messy look.

Meet Ryan

New doll transformation - from Lilly Anna to Ryan. 
I personally do no think he looks all that bad.  I could never do this to an American Girl doll that was in perfect condition.
I think he will serve his purpose as a male doll model.  I think perhaps he will look better in outside setting for next photo shoots.  It was dark outside when we got done so had to take photos inside.  I always try to use natural lighting when taking photos. I think the pictures turn out better.
UPDATE: here are some more photos that I took outside this morning

 Took this one inside. Used trifold poster board and baseball fabric for backdrop.
Also, this morning I was browsing through my Google + page that I follow and came across Rhonda's BlogSpot on her tutorials and blogs on boy doll transformation.  Check them out at
Here is has photo's and video on transforming Meredith Journey doll into Hans.
After seeing her video, I will be changing Dana into "Blake". I had purchased Dana - Journey Doll but wasn't sure it would look good.  I will need to trim eyelashes though on Dana since hers are really long....Will post new blog soon for this boy doll transformation.
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