A Red Berry in the Snow

Sometimes I think it’s a little silly how often I mention the weather and the seasons in my posts, given that it’s a “doll blog”. But how could I not mention that we’ve had our first snow this winter? ๐Ÿ™‚ Outdoor doll photography has proven to be very closely tied to the weather conditions, and finally, weather has deliveredย  ๐Ÿ™‚

The snow only lasted three days, so, knowing the forecast, I prepared ahead by sewing a winter coat. I had initially planned to use the one from the last year, but it seemed too big! I did make it extra wide to fit a fluffy sweater underneath…

For the new one, I used the pattern which originally came from ninnuskadesign.blogspot.fi. Unfortunately, the blog appears to have been closed. However, if you google ‘ninnuska’ and ‘animators’ you’ll still be able to find the pattern floating around the web. The one which says ‘takki’ is the coat/jacket in question. ‘Huppa’ means ‘hood’, and ‘hiha’ is the sleeve. The pattern does not have a seam allowance included.

You’ll find two versions of the sleeve – I used the straight one.

I also made the coat a little bit longer – perhaps about 1cm longer.

I found the hood to be a little tight – maybe that’s just me, but I feel like it wouldn’t hurt to add at least 0,5cm more space around the outline (and then the seam allowance on top of it).

Even though I decided to make slight adjustment, I think this is a great pattern, and I will likely come back to it in the future.

The outfit kind of makes the doll look like the Little Red Riding Hood, but that wasn’t intentional. Red is just such a cute colour for a little girl’s coat – even if she’s made out of plastic. It makes her look like red berries in the snow.

I found the gloves in a dollar store (Sort of. I don’t pay in dollars. I mean a cheap-Chinese-import-shop). They were keychains, but they fit surprisingly well. It’s definitely a good idea to check such places for doll accessory miracles.

I had already taken winter photos with Belle last year, so I was hoping to take along Rapunzel this time. Unfortunately, I found that the red really clashed with her complexion. I actually encounter this problem a lot with my Animators’ dolls. It’s best to check the fabric ahead against the doll’s skin vinyl.

I hope I will have another opportunity to put Rapunzel in the snow. Although… taking photos at their eye level means getting down on your knees, or lower, in the cold, cold snow and I’ve developed a very slight distaste for thatย  ๐Ÿ˜‰

If I do get out again, I sure will keep you postedย  ๐Ÿ™‚

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Great news! Animators’ Belle back in blue!

Collectors of Disney Animators’ dolls, rejoice! If you never managed to get the original, blue-dress release of Belle, now is your chance:

https://www.disneystore.com/dolls-toys-disney-animators-collection-belle-doll-16/mp/1421613/1000259/

If you’re notย  familiar with the story, Belle was first released in her adorable blue peasant dress, but the following two versions sold over a few years were dressed in yellow dresses loosely inspired by her ballgown. While I’m sure the yellow dresses have their fans, it was the original that stole my heart, and apparently those of many other DAC fans. To the best of my knowledge, Bluebelle, as I like to call her, was one of the priciest Animators’ dolls on the aftermarket, second only to version 0 Rapunzel with tinsel hair.

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The first, 2011 release of Disney Animators’ Collection Belle – this particular one from the UK Disney Store.

Judging by the promo photo and the customers’ comments, it appears to be nearly identical to the first wave doll – I have noticed that the new one does not have the lace trim on her socks, but that’s all the differences that I have spotted.

The Disney Store seems to normally make each wave of a doll discernibly different than the previous ones, so this comes to me as a surprise. I can only guess that this is to celebrate the upcoming release of the new Beauty and the Beast film.

So, if you’ve always dreamed of your own (reasonably priced) Belle as seen wandering through her little town full of little people, now is your chanceย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Bookworm Belle

A few months ago I sewed a cute dress with my DAC Belle in mind, took some photos and put it in a box with the other ones. Recently I’ve been thinking about re-using the dress in a different context and realised I never even published the original photos! So, at long last, here is the dress:

The dress was based on the same basic pattern as Rapunzel’s long floral dress and Merida’s orange summer dress. There is something I particularly like about this classic rendition. It is somewhat old fashioned, and as a result, even the modern Disney doll looks reminiscent of a traditional porcelain doll. Or so it seems to me. I am also just partial to dresses which have a school uniform feel – in their proper, innocent interpretation, mind youย  ๐Ÿ™‚ I find it rather fitting for bookworm Belle, who, I would imagine, must have been a good student.

Belle is a beautiful doll, but not even she can wear everything. I have found that many colours, especially pinks and purples clash with her complexion. I had never thought that such things apply to dolls as well as people. She does look good in white, yellows and blues, among probably a few others, hence the fabric choice. I used thin denim for a slight modern touch.

Oh, and the teddy bearย  ๐Ÿ™‚ It was a freebie added to a big package of tea (we sure like tea in this house), and I never thought it would be of any use, but these two are perfect for each otherย  ๐Ÿ™‚ He came with his own clothes, less work for me.

This is about it, as brief as thatย  ๐Ÿ™‚ Big post, big evil.

 

Rapunzel’s Arrival

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Say hello to my new doll – Disney Animators’ Collection Rapunzel (no, you don’t really have to) ๐Ÿ™‚

She arrived yesterday, and I intended to unbox her today in the morning to ensure good light for photos, but unfortunately I decided against waiting ๐Ÿ˜‰ Since we live in a day and age when boxes are apparently extremely important, here is an ‘in-the-box’ photo from last evening:

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My dolls getting to know each otherย  A comparison photo of Belle and Rapunzel. Rapunzel is as taken out of the box, Belle has been out on a few adventures and has had her hair restyled slightly.

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She’s adorable, right?

 

In-between the seasons

The post has to be called something, doesn’t it ๐Ÿ™‚

This winter has really been vague, though. There hasn’t been enough snowfall for my liking. The shriveled leaves give the world an autumn look. The odd ray of sunshine seems like a promise of a coming spring. For me, it is also an invitation to go out take some more photos.

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I’m loving the tunic free pattern from Mekkotehdas. It has made for the most satisfying sewing project so far. I’m very grateful that someone out there decided to share such a great work free of charge.

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I also like the colour and the print on the fabric very much – it comes from a thrifted shirt. It was also great for sewing – until recently I’ve been mostly trying to sew with jersey (that is whatever old t-shirts I had lying around ๐Ÿ™‚ ) and I couldn’t handle the stretchiness very well. Stiffer cottons are soo much better – if only I knew that from the start!

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I’ll admit that all the photos so far come from the same forest/park nearby. This is mostly because whenever favorable weather conditions strike, I head for the closest green area so as not to miss the moment. I do have a growing appetite for more exploration. I think I’d especially like a more urban session, but I’d have to develop some more courage first ๐Ÿ™‚

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Well, I guess it’s time to go home ๐Ÿ™‚