Note: parts of this post appeared in November 2015
Winter holidays are the the perfect time to update your dolls with fancy dress! A few small changes to their attire will give them a beautiful new look for winter. Go ahead, get fancy!
What is the first thing you notice in the doll photos above? Probably the hats, but look a little closer. The hats are decorated with feathers, jewels and bows. Three of the dolls wear scarves fashioned from vintage hankies. The dolls are also wearing colorful felt coats. Don't they look holiday ready? These simple changes to their fashions really add pizazz!
For DIY fashion statements, start with your craft closet or jewelry drawer. Do you have spare bits of felt and ribbon, vintage hankies or single earrings that have lost their mate? If not, try the thrift store or flea market. Then start layering your finds on your doll. Small scraps of felt can be turned into a hat (see this post for "how to" instructions). Tie on a pretty bow or hot glue on a single earring over a feather for a holiday pin.
A coat can be fashioned from felt (see this post for my free pattern) and then layered with a vintage hankie or odd crochet bits from your cupboard or the thrift store. If you're handy with the crochet needle, make a scarf to match your doll.
Who doesn't like to dress up once in a while? Your dolls will look party ready in minutes by adding a sparkly broach or clip-on earring to their clothing.
Why settle for just one look for your dolls when its easy to accessorize? A faux fur shawl and hat looks very chic. Dolls available now in my shop, new faux fur and winter accessories arriving soon.
Collect colorful hankies to fashion as scarves or tie on a scrap of pretty fabric from your sewing room. Christmas colors look festive and are easy to find. A fabric fat quarter will yield several scarves for multiple dolls.
Pile on some faux pearls or several sparkly pins to add luxe to your doll's outfit. When it comes to dressing up for the holidays, the more bling you add, the merrier your doll will look!
Make it extra fun by setting a scene for your dolls to occupy. Start with a doll-sized decorated tree - mine is a clipped rosemary plant from the supermarket. Add tea party china and food (real or faux) and pretty trimmings to make the scene pop!
How do you like my thrift shop find - the double dog statue? I named them Nick and Nora because they are thin and elegant.
Enjoy your week!