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Review-Pioneer Dress

My family went to a homeschool convention last March. One of the booths had books and doll dresses. My mom bought me the three books (Which I am going to review eventually.) and a dress, which I am about to show you.

Books

Here are the books that they had. The books are historical fiction about a girl named Lauren. She’s not really a pioneer, but the dresses they were selling remind me of pioneer dresses.

Rack o dresses

This is the rack of dresses. I liked the yellow one also, but it was gone before we got back there.

Doll in a shawl

Here is the doll modeling a shawl and a dress. (They sold crocheted shawls also)

The red dress

This is the dress I chose. It was 12$.

Too Big

I put it on Lea to model the dress. It’s nice, with lots of detail, but I didn’t like how big it was on her.

Inside out

So I turned the dress inside out and put it back on Lea.

Pins

Then I pinned it up and sewed the seams to make it smaller.

Prettyish dress

I like the dress much better now that it fits better. It has lots of detail, and is very well made (Except for being too big, but that might just be the style.) The print is little white flowers.

Color collar

The neckline has a peter pan collar. The fabric is the same on both sides.

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The sleeves are a little bit puffy. It reminds me of a dress I wore in the production of Mary Poppins that I was in. It had sleeves just like that.

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The waist is ruffled very nicely and the skirt is very full. There is a little bit of pink thread showing, but you can barely see it in person.

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The bottom of the skirt has a ruffle on it.

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The back of the dress is just as nice. The ruffles are just as full on the back.

Snapse

The back of the dress closes with three snaps. I asked the person at the booth (Who had made all the dresses) and she said that she didn’t like velcro because it gets caught in doll hair, so she did snaps. It’s also more time period.

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All the seams are surged.

Overall this is a very nice dress. All the seams are finished nicely, it has lots of detail, and it’s cute. It didn’t fit all that well, but I’ll let that pass for now.

Overall I’ll rate it 4.5/5 stars.

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Holly’s New Hair

WARNING! THIS POST CONTAINS CREEPY PICTURES!!!!!!

At my house we have always had this doll. She’s about the size of a three year old. When people come over they say she’s creepy. (I’ve managed to freak people out multiple times.) I’ve never thought she was all that creepy, but we’ve had her for longer than I can remember. However, she has almost no hair. The doll used to be my great aunt’s, and when she was little she cut the doll’s hair. Very short.

I once made a headband with yarn hair on it, (Which you can see in this photo story Here) but it didn’t look much better.

Mom wanted her to look nice, so she asked me to re wig her if she bought the wig, and of course I said yes.

We were researching Holly, and it turned out the original doll had only an inch or so more hair then Holly had at the time we were researching her.  Holly was also a knock off. (Like an Our Generation doll instead of an American Girl doll.)

We measured the doll’s head, and ordered a wig. I was rewigging Holly for Mom’s Christmas present, so I wouldn’t let her see it.

Holly

Here’s Holly at the beginning. Both of her eyes are getting silver eye, but since the last time I did doll eyes didn’t work out too well I didn’t want to try again.

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I took scissors and cut her hair as short as I could get it.

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I took a nail polish remover wipe and cleaned her skin. It got quite dirty.

PegWig

This is the wig right out of it’s packaging.

PeggySue

This picture is a bit blurry, but it’s a dark brown Peggy Sue wig in size 17-18 from eBay.

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I tied the long hair in a ponytail so it wouldn’t get in the way.

I just put it on her head and adjusted. I didn’t glue it on, though now I wish I had. It stays on well enough, but slides around some.

Here'sHolly

I took Holly outside for a photo shoot. Yes, she is wearing her Christmas dress, though it is March. Her bangs are a bit long, so I just bobby pinned them to the side.

Peeping

Christmas

Ruby

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Focus

I really like this picture.

We all like Holly better than we did before. She isn’t creepy anymore.

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Good Bye

A couple weeks ago I decided to send some dolls to a charity that uses dolls called Broken Dolls Healing Hearts. I sent all of the dolls that I had rescued from thrift stores (That I could find) except for Mia. There were six, and I took a photo shoot of them before they left.

lily-anna

This is Lily  Anna. I found her at a thrift store spring of 2015. Here is how I restored her and two other dolls. She also stared in Lily Anna’s Troubles

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abbigail

This is Abbi. I found her at a thrift store right before Christmas 2015. I probably wouldn’t have bought her because I already had a Springfield Abby, but she was .29, so I went for it. I gave her to my cousin for Christmas, and she later traded her out for a different doll.

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bridget

This is BridgetI found her spring 2016. She was actually an Our Generation Belle, but I changed her up some.

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passion

This is an Our Generation Ashley Rose, but I renamed her Passion. I found her summer 2016.

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belle

This is an Our Generation Audrey Ann found in fall 2016. She was in terrible shape, with no hair or anything, but I redid her eyes, her face paint, and gave her hair. Her name changed to Isabel. 

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kaity-lees-me

And this is Katie Lee, a BFC ink Katelyn I found in winter 2016. She had more hair, but I cut some of it off.

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I miss having a zillion dolls, but I’m glad they are going somewhere people need them more than I do.

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Meet Fancy Nancy

DSCN8016[1]    Meet my new doll Ruby! She is a Fancy Nancy doll, 18 inches tall, but she has the body of a littler girl than the rest of my doll. DSCN8017[1]  Here I have her against a tree so she will stand up. DSCN8018[1]    My mom thinks that her face is creepy, but I don’t mind. Look at her eyes! They are not sleep eyes but they are very detailed. They are green with a gold flower in the middle, and of course the black center. They are outlined with a little darker green. DSCN8019[1]    Ruby’s hair is curly red with purple mixed in. It has been cut some, but it is still beautifulDSCN8020[1]         Another view, this time without the shrug. DSCN8021[1]       And here she turned around.

I made this outfit for Ruby to match her hair and eyes. I think it turned out pretty good. Ruby needed a new outfit because she is going a new place. I decided not to keep her, instead to send her to Broken dolls healing hearts. I have enough dolls, and even though I spent my own money and time on her, knowing that she will go to someone who will really love Ruby and play with her makes all the difference.

Lexie