Wednesday, November 4, 2015

More dolls, more fun!

Jeanette is a hard plastic Nancy Ann with a painted face and jointed arms and legs.  I'm always amazed at how beautifully these dolls are constructed and painted.  All they need is a little cleaning, most times a new wig, and some pretty outfits to make them special indeed.

Jeanette's dress and hat are another outfit designed by Helga Kraft for Kelly dolls.  I end up adding two or three stitches to the waist line, to better fit Nancy Ann, and make the dresses a bit longer.  Otherwise, the fit is quite good.

Jeanette's shoes are from an Annie Potter Presents leaflet entitled Victorian Darlings.  I've used this leaflet for many outfits for these dolls.  I crochet the dresses using size 20 crochet cotton (or size 8 perle) and a size 9 hook.  However, for the shoes I crochet them with the thread and hook recommended.

Jeanette's raglan sweater is my own design, which I am happy to share!

Nancy Ann Raglan Sweater

And remember, most of the outfits I designed for the Forget-Me-Knot kids, here on this blog, will fit Nancy Ann as well.

Nancy Ann projects in the wings include these three Nancy Ann's from the 50's, with hard plastic bodies and sleep eyes:

I've removed their wigs and cleaned and blushed them.  All ready for new wigs and outfits!


For a real treat, check out Carolyn's blog and see what she has done with her rescued Nancy Ann's:

Carolyn's Creative Workshop

Her face painting is extraordinary!  And if you look around, you will be amazed at this dollmakers creativity and generosity. 

I hope you are enjoying the day.  Only 23 more days until White Friday!  Are you ready to knit, crochet, sew, or otherwise hand make someone a special gift for Christmas?  This is what White Friday is all about :-)

13 comments:

  1. That sweater...sweet, sweet, sweet. The whole ensemble it's well put together. But that sweater...I really need to learn to knit.

    I enjoy viewing the work in progress, the process hypnotizes me.

    Thank you for sharing my blog, inspiration is contagious.

    Joyfully,

    Carolyn

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    1. You are absolutely right: inspiration IS contageous :-)

      Warmly,

      Beth

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  2. Hi Beth! The outfit on the doll is really lovely and the dolls are cute you have done a wonderful job on them!
    Cheers Margaretha

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    1. Thanks so much, Typs! And now I know you are Margaretha :-)

      Warmly,

      Beth

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  3. I think your dresses would also fit the Ginny doll, which was a Madam Alexander doll from the 1950's. I had two or three of them growing up. I believe they are still making them as collector's dolls now.

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  4. I am resonating with Cat's comment, as I collect Ginnys and intended to try out that theory next year. Yes, I am fairly certain with a few adjustments (such as a little larger in the waist) they will fit beautifully on the Ginny's. I really love the work you do, Beth Ann, it's just amazing how creative you are with the outfits and the dolls.

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    1. Hi Cat and Linda,

      Yes, I think with a bit of a tweak, these outfits would fit Ginny...Ginny is a bit taller, and a bit chubbier, than Nancy Ann, but with that in mind it wouldn't be hard to get the fit.

      Have a lovely Thanksgiving!

      Warmly,

      Beth

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