I was just starting to feel like I was getting somewhere with my clone-overs when my rooting needle snapped, and as I didn`t have a spare I just had to wait while a replacement arrived from America. Yes, I could have got going with making the outfits, but I didn`t want to! (pout pout sulk sulk etc). Anyway, among my clones are a couple of dolls who looked like this:
Although I’m not usually a fan of the bubblecut, I love the unusual colour of her hair and the sort of elfin look it gives her. So I decided to leave at least one clone with her hair intact and work on other aspects of her instead. This is what I did:
* Removed all her face paint and gave her a full repaint. I tried for freckles again, despite my slightly rubbish attempt at freckling Midge last year (I still owe that poor doll big-time). I think it worked out a bit better than before, and doubtless it will work out better next time I do it.
* Sewed her some real eyelashes in.
* Filed some of the rough joints on her cheaply produced body down a bit.
* Made her a dress. Actually, I made her four dresses, because I just couldn`t seem to get it right. I decided the first dress was the wrong colour and gave up halfway through (I might use it later, I suppose). The second was the wrong sort of material. The third was completely the wrong shape and I sewed it together wrong anyway – so when I came to make the one she has ended up wearing, I kept it as simple as I could. I’m quite pleased with how it turned out, as Gothic looks on freckled redheads aren`t easy to pull off (one of my best friends when I was a goth was a fiery freckly redhead who dyed and powdered until she looked exactly like my Speed Racer Trixie).
So, you might know that I don`t usually name dolls. Its been a struggle with these ones, though, and my resolve broke when my son asked me what her name was today while I was sewing for her. I blurted out “Betsy” (God knows why) and for the rest of the day he`s been calling her his version of this, which sounds like “Lexie”, so now its much too late to take it back.
Hope you like her. By the way, I`m doing these dolls as a sort of personal challenge and because I enjoy it, but I`ve resigned myself to not keeping them (er, unless nobody else wants them) so after they are all finished they`ll be going up on eBay, starting price just covering my costs.