31 December 2008

Blonde Trio

I took the pictures for posts about Dolores, Audrey, and Enid at the same time, so I snapped a few with them together. Here they're lined up by year in ascending order: 1968, 1969, 1970. I wish I'd put my spare blue cord outfit on Enid (I'm saving it for Adeline post-repair), but didn't have the time to deal with clothes changes before picking up my kids at school. Once I've finished introducing all my dolls there will be plenty of time for more blue cord comparison photos.

And here's a shot of just the two blue cord girls together.

28 December 2008

Meet Enid

Enid is unique in that she is a 1970 doll with a full center part. And a really nice part at that! She has a few dings on her hands and a scratch on her nose, signs of love and adventure in her past. Enid came to me wearing pajamas, so I'm not sure what her original outfit was. She is currently wearing a gingham dress which I believe is also from 1970 (it is the shorter version with snaps at the cuffs) and white shoes with heels from an unknown year; both were eBay finds.

25 December 2008

Merry Christmas!

My "playing" dolls are all dressed up for Christmas, and have been joined by a special new friend. I finally finished paying the layaway on my 1968 fringe girl! I will formally introduce Alison in a future post, but wanted her to share in the holiday fun.

Alison is at the far left wearing a red checked dress of unknown origin. She looks so petite compared to all these girls from the 1980's. Next to her, Cindy wears a smocked dress with a gingerbread men print from eBay seller specialdelivery2006. Then comes Calla in a Nellie-Rose gold star dress with matching bow from eBay seller maudie-mays. The Santa hats are also Nellie-Rose Doll Fashions. On the other side of the tree, Cathy, Cybil, and Chloe all wear festive dresses labeled "Hand Crafted By Molly". I purchased them second hand, but believe that eBay seller molly31_7 is the same Molly.

22 December 2008

Meet Audrey

Audrey is another of my late-60's blue cord girls, this time from 1968. Her hair and face are similar to Dolores, though her lip color is pinker. Her dress is quite faded, but it is the early wide version. She came to me from the UK via Shelly at Sasha Doll UK.

19 December 2008

Meet Dolores

Dagmar was the first of my late-60's blue cord girls, but she has since been joined by others. Dolores is also from 1969, but has a very different look. Her face is not wide, her part is more centered, and her bangs are more even - but she has the same peachy lips and dress style. She came to me from the UK via Marie at sasha-dolls.com.

16 December 2008

Folk Costumes

You may have seen these stunning ensembles on eBay recently. I consider them to be more works of art than doll clothing, as both have incredible attention to detail.

First is an outfit done in the style of many central European folk costumes. It looks very Polish to me, and the bright colors are just wonderful with Cybil's hair. It was made by the very talented eBay seller kmkdollshop.

Second is a Swedish folk outfit made by the equally talented eBay seller chirnside. I lost out on the bidding for a similar dress she auctioned previously, and was thrilled to win her second offering of this style.

Dressed like this, they remind me of larger versions of the "Dolls of the Nations" costume dolls that my mother used to collect when she was a girl. Perhaps one day I'll have a different country's outfit for each of my Sashas to wear.

14 December 2008

Michele in CO

I discovered Michele while looking for Sasha clothing online. Until recently she had a website on AOL Hometown; that service has been discontinued for all users, but she can be reached by email if anyone wants some knitting done. I had her knit me up four cardigans (two short-sleeved and two long-sleeved) in colors I selected. We were both busy with work, plus she had to order some of the yarn, so the whole process took a while. Neither of us was speedy with our email replies, but we kept in touch through the whole process and I really enjoyed our email exchange - such a nice person to be dealing with. My sweaters arrived about the same time as the cooler weather, perfect timing for the girls to show them off. I also received a special gift to compensate for the delay, which wasn't necessary but was very thoughtful. Here's Chloe modeling my gift dress and bolero, and Cindy in one of the short-sleeved sweaters (the other is royal blue).

Perhaps it's the color, but the dress makes me think of Easter. Once my Christmas chaos is over, I need to put in an order for more dresses in other pastel colors. If only I can find some Sasha-sized Easter baskets...

The long-sleeved sweaters are pink and deep red, and match quite nicely with the dresses on Stella and Anika (though this was completely unplanned). They are my only two "display" dolls in sleeveless dresses, which makes the cardigans even more suitable. I took some ribbing from my husband about them being cold when he found me putting on their sweaters, but I think they may wear them until the spring.

10 December 2008

Meet Trudi

I purchased Trudi at the same time as Lilly and Alice. She does not have braids like they do, but she does have a full center part -- and a unique hairstyle. She is the only Later Gotz doll with pigtails/bunches, and they have been twisted then tied up.

I think she is far cuter in person than in pictures. Her dark red dress is made of velour, her pantaloons are trimmed in bobbin lace, and she has nubbly oatmeal-colored socks. Like Ira, it's the little details that add up to make her outfit special.

07 December 2008

Meet Alice

Alice was not on my original wish list of Later Gotz dolls. I realize her scout uniform is modeled after similar outfits from the 60's, but I prefer "little girl" attire. I am a fan of braids/plaits though, and only a handful of Later Gotz dolls have them. Desiring more dolls with braids, I decided that changing her clothes was a better option than braiding the hair of another doll without a full center part.

I had every intention of finding her a different outfit, but her scout uniform has grown on me. And my kids like it, as it vaguely resembles my son's Cub Scout uniform.

04 December 2008

Meet Lilly

I am particularly fond of dolls with braids/plaits, and Lilly is no exception. She was produced in 1996 and 1997; I believe my doll is from 1996 as the number on her tag starts with 96. She is very much the "country" girl with her overalls and straw hat. I love her red sandals and backpack/schoolbag, both made of leather.

She has a sweet face with brown eyes and pale lips. Her hat makes her bangs/fringe appear uneven (especially in the photo above), which adds to her tomboyish charm.

Here's a back view of her full center part and pack.

01 December 2008

A Tisket, A Tasket ...

... A Sasha in a Basket. Boo has taken to carrying her doll around in a wicker basket. I told her that as the official owner she could choose a new name if she wanted to. She's gone back and forth on names - from Calla to one of a wide variety of names then back to Calla - but I think she's finally settled on Pearl.

UPDATE: Pearl didn't last long as a name. As of 12/13 she's back to Calla, or occasionally Callie.

Calla usually wears a pony tail these days as her hair gets mighty tangled if it's down. She's currently wearing a cherry print dress I purchased long ago (which I believe was made by eBay seller *scarletrose*designs) and red Euro Girl shoes.