Gene Tyler Sydney Ellowyne Cara and More
Welcome to Ruby’s Fashion Doll World. I have to admit I love dolls — well I love the art of dolls in particular the extraordinary work of many designers. With skillful hands they craft couture quality fashions and accessories that dazzle the senses. Others make designing furniture and furnishings look easy and still others with the skill to create food, drink and everything in between. Today, I’m going to share with you my vintage inspired favorites starting with my featured image of Cara, my not so vintage doll by CED. What do I like about Cara? Well she reminds me of Me once upon a time. Cara is the Black Rose Shag wearing hand beaded, sequined black lace pants and top, with a black spandex and leather corset, black boots, a silver necklace, earrings and silver ring on her finger, she is a beauty. With that being said, I do have a pet-peeve, doll joints! I must give credit to CED, they made this doll voluptuously sexy showing skin without showing the joints — thank you. While I can appreciate the art of the clothier, I really wish that someone could find a creative way to hide the joints– Enough of that rant–let me share with you Ruby’s Doll World. This first treasure sold on eBay for $38.90. The OOAK White Lace Tunic, Wide Skirt and Fancy Hat were made for Ellowyne designed by WVLZ Doll Fashions in the Netherlands. The designer has an eBay store with some incredibly well made pieces using top of the line fabrics and workmanship. I think the designer is selling too low, checkout the auctions, there’s no store, but there’s a pink number that you must see!
If you’re into dolls then you are also into the incredible dioramas or sets that are works of art, here’s a few examples of what I’m impressed with. At the top of the list is Mary Ann Roy, this lady’s work, well its beyond words if you haven’t seen it, you should. Checkout Welcome Home, a place of extraordinary beauty for 1:6 scale furniture and furnishings.
The Morrison Furniture Studio is hip and funky mid-century loveliness, I can’t wait to own my first collection, I just do not have any more room. This collection sold on eBay for $225.00, a price well worth it.
There are some artful miniature designer’s out there, check out these links. Modernica Blog Doll Diva’s Flower (A designer from Mexican; be sure to install the translator extension on your browser) Let’s stroll back in time to the forties, I own both Gene and Violet in a couple different versions. Both are stunning and made for vintage fashion. Violet let’s me reminisce about my stylish grandmother who by the way was one of those stylist 40’s dolls and going through her closet as a girl made for the best dress-up ever. As a dressmaker myself with an understanding of what it takes to make a tailored or couture quality piece–but to make in miniature — the Couture Touch is exceptional, here’s a couple– well maybe a few of my favorites.
Before I move on to other Ellowyne fashions let me just share this board by Raw Dragon Fly Dolls on Pinterest–a superb collection of dolls dressed in art. I started this set off with Ellowyne, she exudes personality and her friend Lyzette the African-American or her Creole friend is sinfully demure. I have found their outfits to be perfect for their personalities, a little mid-century, a bit classic-modern–its eclectic, check out these outfits. How would you describe them?
I’ll end with fantasy dolls, magnificent pieces of art the materials, the style everything about these next few dolls are just breath takenly beautiful.
This next doll site not only produces great work–they want to teach you how to make great doll clothes by offering Free Tutorials at Fashion Doll Stylist. This is a French website, but written in English. I don’t usually favor boy dolls, but this work of art is fabulous – check out this beauty which hails from Russia I believe.
For those DIY’ers I must list a few doll patterns that I’ve used and sold that are worth your time. For the record I started this fashion doll journey over ten years ago all because one of my customers sent me a gift, and I was fascinated. She gave me a Paradise Collector Crochet Doll Pattern and the Annie’s Attic Funky Parlor Pizazz Crochet Livingroom Set.
Four years later in 2004, I met another women, a client whose Christmas tree was decorated with everything Barbie. I commented that her daughter must really love Barbie–she corrected me it wasn’t her daughter, it was her and she opened a door to a room lined with Barbie everything. It wasn’t until I started researching dolls that I truly became mesmerized, and the journey began. To date, I own every sewing pattern made by Advance, Simplicity, Vogue, McCall’s and Butterick for Barbie. I even own all the Vogue and Simplicity for the 15.5″ dolls. I have granddaughters, they have 18″ dolls, while I am not crazy about American Girl dolls, I do like Madam Alexander’s My Life dolls. Here’s the one that I like the most, I’m still looking for the ballerina — these dolls have disappeared. I love books and magazines and have a full doll library, and I’m still working on the pattern released in the newspapers. I own every pattern in the Paradise doll pattern collection – Did you know at one time there was a woman from Brazil that hand beaded most of the Paradise collection and her creations sold for five figures? Now to some of those new pattern makers.
Before I sign off I forgot about a really gifted miniature dressmaker Bellissima Couture Doll Fashions, checkout the fabrics she uses.
I’m sure you are aware that I’ve barely touched the surface, and I would like to thank you for joining me along this journey if you would like to share my addiction for dolls check out my Pinterest board “Ruby’s Fashion Doll World“, has over 3,000 pins and over 2,500 followers. If dolls are your passion follow me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/rubyJsfashiondollworld.
I am all for promoting the independent , self-employed designers. While there you will find patterns for all types of dolls, sewing, knitting, crocheted and crafted. if you want you can watch a video about how to create furniture, table settings or food for your doll and so much more.
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Free Vintage Fashion Doll Pattern Links
Vintage 1960s Knitting Crochet and Sewing Patterns for 11.5 inch Fashion Doll | Doll Wardrobe to Knit Crochet and Sew
Free Vintage Doll Clothes Knitted & Crocheted Fashion Doll 11.5″ Free Knitting Patterns
Free 18 Inch Doll Cloths Patterns
Printable Doll Cloths All Sizes
Mini Mochi Crochet 18″ Doll Set
Barbie Doll Clothes Sewing Patterns
Pearl Trees – interesting social concept but patterns for all size dolls including the hard to find 15.5 and above for Gene, Tyler, etc.. If you have some links to share please post.