A rambling, scatterbrained account of the life of doll addict DorrieBelle. She's got an overworked husband, an autistic son, a damaged ticker and just discovered she's a full fledged insulin-using diabetic and slightly anemic. She's also a tightwad who loves to sew doll clothes, and could talk the ear off a bartender. And she's got a heckuva temper ! Luckily, her 'Empress of the Universe' delusion helps to keep things in check. If you wanna know more, we pity you... but here it is !
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Saturday, March 29, 2014
Saturday is play day !
Notes: What they don't tell you is, most 'magic carpets' are more like mug rugs, and are so small, ya gotta fly standing up !
I had dolls all over our bed
today, and had so much fun ! Some doll clothes I ordered came in, and it was a
blast to try things on and play ! One of the pieces I got was the toddler ‘Elsa’
dress from the wide-release Tollytots doll – it barely fits the Cinderella
Tollytots doll I got from the thrift, the one we call Cinderelsa. While the
dress doesn’t close in the back, it still looks good on her, especially with her
‘glass’ glitter slippers !
The main reason I wanted the
lot I bought was for a pair of Playmates interactive Jasmine harem pants. Long
ago, I had the Belle interactive doll, but had to let her and her wardrobe go.
I still have a pair of her shoes, which, regrettably, don’t fit DP&M dolls. Still, I wondered if
those Playmates clothes would fit the Jakks Pacific Belle and Tia I now have.
Turns out, the pants at least are a perfect fit ! But I think the Jasmine top
goes to a toddler doll, not the interactive one, as it gaps about a half inch from
closing in the back, and doesn’t really match. I’ve seen the interactive doll
still in box, that’s not even the same top she wears. It’ll work for photos,
Belle’s yellow slippers
(from the toddler Playmates doll, grin) looked pretty good with the harem
outfit, but I liked it better with Tia barefoot. That meant I had to do
something about the awful pedicure she came home with. Luckily for me, it was
just nail polish, and a cotton ball of remover took it right off. I think she
makes a lovely Jasmine, don’t you ?
I also discovered that the
Playmates toddler dolls’ dresses fit the DP&M
dolls, too, they’re just a bit too high-waisted and much too ‘young looking’
for them to suit. It’s easy for clothes to fit, it’s often much harder for them
to suit, people or dolls. Luckily, Princess Dorrie can wear them, although I
now have two of the same Belle dress.
After lunch, I decided to
finally sit still in one place and actually watch Frozen. Loved it ! For all the critics who say it was thin on plot,
well, if you want the truth, so’s Jaws and
Citizen Kane. Relax and enjoy what
you can on this blue Earth. But you know I can’t just watch a movie, I have to
do something, and I’d just had lunch, so munching was right out. So I sewed a
second pair of DP&M panties, this
time using the yellow fabric I sewed Belle’s first dress from.
As usual, the first time I
sew something, it’s perfect. The second time, I always screw up. Top thread ran
out, fabric didn’t catch in the hem stitching – twice ! – crotch pieces didn’t
quite match… the usual. They’re still usable, and if I keep to tradition, the
third and all subsequent editions will work just fine. Since most of the
cottons I buy are quite thin, I’m gonna try to make a matching pair of undies
with every outfit I sew. It’s rare for me not to have a few scraps to piece
together, after all.
It was a beautiful day out –
funny to watch Frozen with the sun
beaming and a gentle warm breeze slipping in from the open front door ! – so I
got to watch Dearest Son ride his bike a little. That was great, as he’d just
mastered a two-wheeler right before we moved and winter made it too cold to
play outside. They say you never forget, and I think it’s true – all I gotta do
is get over the new balance and slight fear, and get on mine. It’s just a bit
too tall for me, and with my ‘fat body’ new balance and my body’s memory of my ‘much
thinner, younger body’ confusing things,
not being able to put my feet flat on the ground makes me nervous. Only way
through it is, well, through it, so I gotta put on my big girl shoes – the thick
soled ones that make me a little taller ! – and get out there already.