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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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. http://gigisdollcreations.blogspot.com/2013/06/18-inch-boy-doll-makeover-2.html
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