I tend to like my dolls highly articulated, but sometimes I will see one so cute that I have to reconsider my principles. Say hello to the “Blue Violet” Barbie Fashionista 🙂
Recently, I have been focusing more on Barbie clothes. Unfortunately, buying them separately isn’t always that great of a bargain. I have figured that it pays more to get a nicely dressed Barbie Fashionista and expand both the doll and the fashions collection in one go.
Due to my recent interest in pastel hair, I was especially intrigued by the “Blue Violet” Fashionista and in the “Tutu Cool” one – both are very cute and come with nice outfits – especially much needed tops. I hate sewing tops 🙂 (Other than that, there are plenty of pastel-haired options!) Unfortunately, I had some trouble finding either one – until I ran into a single “Blue Violet” during recent shopping trip. Yay!
I kept seeing number 34 and 37 above, but, for some reason, this Petite was nowhere to be found.
This doll comes with two tops, two bottoms, two pairs of shoes, two bags and a dress. Not a bad boost to the Barbie wardrobe!
Out of the box, she wears a black and white t-shirt that closes with a velcro, a pair of shorts with tights attached to them, yellow shoes and a bow. It’s a colorful and imaginative outfit.
I’m only not a fan of the shoes. They look a bit weird and it feels like the soles are at on odd angle that makes her lean forward. You also have to be very careful not to tear the tights while pulling the shoes on.
The top can also be paired with denim capris. They are good enough, versatile jeans.
They don’t have a lot of detail, and only a simple jeggings type finish at the waistline.
The second top is pink with a peplum and a black collar. It is adorable! Unfrotunately, the collar is a tad crooked.
It goes well with the jeans and the second pair of shoes.
I like these shoes. They have a smart retro feel to them.
Finally, there is a sleeveless dress with a lemon print. It is my least favourite piece, perhaps because it is so simple in its cut, or perhaps it’s just me always looking for separate top and bottoms 🙂
The print looks fairly realistic and is covered with some pearlescent glitter. It sheds a little bit, but nothing too too crazy.
Here is a closer look at the bags. I happen to have the heart-shaped one in a different colour, but the pink one is new for me. I would love for all Barbie bags to open, but even though these don’t, they are nice enough accessories to enrich an outfit.
I do love all the fun clothes and accessories that I received with the doll, but the doll herself is no less cute. She has a very kind looking face. It is the ‘Mbili’ mould. I definitely approve of her soft, neutral lip colour.
Perhaps the most fun aspect of her look is her two-toned pastel hair. It makes me think of cotton candy and magic 🙂 The doll’s name evidently comes from this hairstyle, however, the ‘Violet’ part looks almost pink.
Actually, if you look close enough, there is a third, white-ish colour mixed in there:
As mentioned in the title, this doll has a Petite body. She is somewhat shorter than the Original. Her chest and hips are also slightly smaller. This doll happens to only have articulation that allows her to rotate her arms, also move them to the side, the same with her legs – they go back and forth and somewhat to the side.
I’ve read that she matches the Yellow Top Made to Move, but then she would no longer be a petite… I don’t believe there yet exist a Petite MtM of any skin tone.
The option of putting her on an Original MtM raises an important question: do petite Barbie clothes fit an Original Barbie body? This is also important to me because I am hoping to use the fashions with other dolls. The answers is… so so, with some excpetions.
This Ariel head is on the Purple Top Original MtM. The peplum top looks a bit short, but I think it could be worn with a high waisted skirt.
The capris look alright to me. They don’t feel particularly tight either. The top exposes a bit of the belly, but is perfectly wearable. I did not have any trouble closing it in the back either.
The dress looks pretty short on her. Perhaps a pair of tight leggings could salvage this this outfit?
Finally, the shorts with tights are a definite wardrobe malfunction. They are just a tad too short to pull up all the way. Even if you’d cut off the tights, I’m not certain the velcro would close around her waist.
The next thing to consider is what options are available to the Petite doll. Actually, I’d say that Original Barbie fashions fit her quite well.
It looks like the Petite “Blue Violet” will be able to borrow clothes from her doll friends, and in some cases even return the favour. Given my aim to expand my Barbie wardrobe, I’m mostly satisfied.
Overall, this doll is somewhat limited by her poorly articulated body, but there is a unique feel to her and her fashions that for me justifies the purchase for a Barbie enthusiast. Even though she can’t do much in the way of posing, I may still make her some clothes and take some photos out of pure appreciation for her charm 🙂
I also think she would make a good gift for a child. The included outfits open up the door to a lot of mixing, matching and overall play – even when other dolls and fashions are not around.