I’ve been threatening to take a group shot of my last ten Leas for far too long now. I originally planned to sew some rainbow dresses, but after a while, it became apparent that the idea of making ten dresses was just too much, given my time restrictions at the moment. I made myself get started a couple of times anyway, but never liked what I had done. So I started to think about ways I could do the post without having to sew a stitch, which became a bit of a challenge in itself. I managed it, but its been nearly as time-consuming as sewing, in the end. My ten Leas are as follows:
Red: Lea 17, Wave one Cali Girl Lea. I was a bit loathe to undress her, but I took the plunge in the end. She’s wearing her original necklace, some feather trimming and some jewel stickers.
Orange: Lea 20, Fashion Fever wave A. I cheated a little with this doll, as the ribbon I used to make her bra top and skirt is really tangerine (well, OK, pink) rather than orange. But the orange super-size pipe cleaner thing (made for use in crafts) helps.
Yellow: Lea 18, Michelle Kwan star skater, who I rebodied a couple of weeks ago. Because of her original body’s spinning action, I couldn’t undress her so I had to put her on the Fashionista. I am now so tempted to do this with all my Leas, as she looks so good. She wears yellow ribbon knickers and gold star stickers.
Green: Lea 14, my beautiful Dancing Princess Blair. This is still one of my favourite Leas (although I have just bought a similar Lea who is just as nice). She is wearing a particularly risqué sticker and hairband combination.
Blue: Lea 16, Girls Aloud Kim Marsh. She wears yet more stickers and ribbon.
Indigo: Lea 13, my 7 Days of Style Fashion Fever Lea. I made her outfit out of some Christmas Tree Ribbon which has special wire edging so you can twist it and it keeps its shape – great. I added some indigo sequins to her skirt as I wasn’t sure if the ribbon was really indigo enough (hard colour to find materials for!) and some jewel stickers as jewellery.
Violet: Lea 19, My Island Princess Maiden, wearing some nail jewels (just for a change) and some more feather trim.
Obviously, there are only seven colours in a rainbow, which left me with three further dolls to dress. So firstly I made a sunbeam outfit for Lea 15, my Amazing Nails Lea, because after all she was the first Lea ever and deserves something special. I made this with some gold streamers and lametta, and some stick-on jewels again (how useful these have been). Then I made two raincloud outfits for Leas 11 and 12, my Shakiras. I used some Christmas tree ribbon again for the bodice and knickers, and some bobbly trim I have picked up from somewhere for the skirts. I also added some raindrop beads that I will certainly be using again, as they are great. I think the Shakiras look particularly cute.
Sigh. Well, at least that’s over – for a little while, anyway. I’m starting to think about what I could do for my next Lea retrospective, and I don’t have a clue yet. I do already have the next ten Leas to show you, and some extra after that. Its going to be great to be able to get back to featuring them again!