Presenting Miss Dolly; Amazing transformation! Miss Dolly was found in a dump! After cleanup, repair, and a makeover, she has a whole new life!
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The doll repair of Miss Dolly was done with mostly found items and without any expertise on doll repair. Just a little soap and water, home-made new clothes, boots, hat, hair, makeup, and jewelry for a whole new look. Miss Dolly was rescued from the dump and about to become a target, so this makeover was more of a last minute reprieve then a restoration. For proper restoration of antiques and other valuable, a professional restorer should be consulted. There are many books on the subject, and here are few.
Miss Dolly's transformation covers everything from her life story, to the making of her clothes, including the vintage sewing patterns used. The cute little leather vest was super easy and took less than an hour. The belt, make-up, boots, and steampunk styled jewelry are all covered too.
Miss Dolly was nearly sent to the dump a second time, when we decided to clean her up, repair her, make new clothes, and give her a makeover. The skeptics said it couldn't be done and have been proven wrong. Everyone was pleasantly surprised to see her come back to life with such a bang. Her story had to be told. Miss Dolly's full story coming soon.
Doll repair can be intimidating, but we just took it a step at a time. First stripping her of the rat infested clothes, Removing the many staples that held her straw hair, giving her a careful cleaning, and building her back up from head to toe or should we say hair to boots.
Three layers of clothes, including a cream colored cotton/linen dress with a ruffle as a base or first layer. Second layer is a stripped cotton fabric with a ruffle. Third layer is a skirt with a gathered waist (using twine to gather and tie in back, and old steampunk safety pins to create the swag around the skirt, which then exposes the stripped layer. The top layer also includes the brown leather vest trimmed in twine.
The brown leather vest was made quickly partly because there was no hemming, button holes, zippers, snaps, etc. A little velcro in a couple key places, a little twine to outline the vest for a extra pizazz, and that was it. It's doll size so a little scrap from a previous project is all it took.
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