pursuing Blythe

My Blythe collection is larger than I ever thought it would be: I have four Neos, one Middie, and one LPS Petite.

When I bought my first Blythe, Willow (a gently pre-owned Prima Dolly Ashlette), I thought for sure I’d stick with just one. Then an online friend was interested in selling her Mademoiselle Rosebud and gave me a more-than-fair friend price, so Dahlia came to my collection. Then I decided that a custom girl was something I wanted, so I acquired a bait girl (Adorable Aubrey), Ash, and bought her a reroot and face-up. Then a friend was selling her slight custom Rainy Day Parade Ellis, and I felt I could give her a good home. Along the way I also picked up Daisy, my LPS Petite, and when Middie Jackie Ramone was released, I pre-ordered Maude right away. Her style is just perfect for me and I couldn’t resist seeing how a Middie is compared to my Neos.

I still think that I have “enough” Blythes, but I do think that I’d like to add another Neo to my collection eventually. Especially if I continue to make a little side money selling Blythe patterns, it seems justifiable to spend some of that money on my collection. I love both Willow’s and Dahlia’s long hair, and Ash’s mohair reroot is still exactly what I had hoped for. And Ellis’s bob with bangs is as classy as ever, but I do think I’d like a Neo with a shorter hairstyle without bangs. I’ve been looking through my Blythe Collection Guide Book and perusing Blythes online to see which models might fit the bill.

So far, I’ve narrowed the list to the following possibilities:
– Cloud 9 Bowl
– Excellent Holly Wood
– French Trench
– Frosty Frock
– Holly Wood
– Nicky Lad
– Prima Dolly Saffy

Blythe folks, you’ll know by looking that these run the gamut from super-rare (and way out of the range of what I’d consider reasonable to pay) to pretty darn affordable and not hard to find.

First off, there’s Cloud 9 Bowl.
Cloud 9 Bowl

I love her brilliant red hair, and her stock is actually super cute. She’s also an SBL, my favorite mold.

Next, let’s look at Holly Wood and Excellent Holly Wood.
Holly Wood

There are several different releases of this doll, first as Holly Wood and then as Excellent Holly Wood. The first one was an early Takara release and was a limited edition, so there is just about zero chance I’d ever be willing to pay enough to get her. The later Excellent Holly Wood might be possible, though she’s also not very commonly found, so I doubt that it would happen. I do love her waves/curls, though!

French Trench is from 2004 and is another beloved SBL.
French Trench

She’s got cute stock as well, and the way her hair curls at the end is lovely! She reminds me a lot of Willow, though (similar hair color, same SBL mold), so she might be too similar to justify getting her.

Next up: Frosty Frock
Frosty Frock

Her curls are so cute! Her stock is just okay. I don’t have any light-haired Blythes, so it might be nice to have one.

Nicky Lad has great stock:
Nicky Lad

I also like that her story is that she marches to the beat of her own drummer. Her front-facing light blue chips are also such a great color!

Prima Dolly Saffy is similar in many ways to Frosty Frock, but her hair is not as platinum blonde.
Prima Dolly Saffy (PD2S)
There is also an Encore release of Saffy, so probably either of them would work for me, as they look very similar from the photos I’ve seen online.

ANYWAY, at this point I’m just trying to narrow it down a little and get a sense of how available these dolls are and how much they’re selling for these days. I’m not anywhere near ready to make a purchase, and it’s fun to have a thing to look at without any real intention of buying right now. Blythe folks: do you have any of these? Any commentary or suggestions will be most welcome!

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upside down

So I finally made time to wash Dahlia’s hair today. I gave her the boiled water treatment and then a quick shampoo and light condition, per the recommendations made by those more knowledgeable in the ways of Blythe. It seems to have worked really well! Her hair is super easily combable now and looks nice and shiny.

Meanwhile, though, she has to dry and I don’t want it to dry funny from laying on it, so…

Dahlia drying after a hair treatment

Dahlia drying after a hair treatment

28/52: what the hell?!

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Simplicity 2353 first pass

So Simplicity just came out with a new pattern especially for Blythe. K picked it up for me at the Lob last week and I finally had time today to try it out (he got a spare which I sent to my sistrah).

Got it! (One for me, one for my sistrah)

The pattern seems well made overall. It does the usual thing that Simplicity does of using the same pattern pieces for multiple views as much as possible, but with over a dozen pieces of clothing to make, that still adds up to a lot of small pattern pieces. When I make my own patterns I don’t always make patterns for everything – I make a pattern for each piece that has to be exactly the right size and eyeball the rest. So this Simplicity pattern has a lot more exact pieces than I’m used to working with anymore, but it’s not too bad.

I opted to make the view E shorts and view D top.

26/52: eat my shorts

Of course I didn’t follow the pattern exactly – it included trim on both of these pieces and I was interested in seeing how they looked without embellishment. I like the lounge-y look of both pieces, and I think the gathered top is a cute style. I’m not a huge fan of elastic waists – they end up being pretty bulky, which this one definitely is. Still, I think this outfit works well.

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Bloomy

It’s been a crazy rainy day (hello, tornado warning at the ‘brary! Welcome to the sweaty, smelly, cramped but tornado-safe space, way more patrons than can truly comfortably fit! Thanks for being mildly cranky yet cooperative!). So I used my phone (woot to having a phone with a camera, finally) to snap this pic of Dahlia in one of the patio containers. The flowers I got for ten cents a six-pack on clearance a few weeks ago and they are looking awesome!

25/52: Bloomy

I’m also using the Blackberry WordPress app for the first time with this post. Seems to be working so far, except I can’t get the WordPress app to actually insert the photo, so I will have to do a workaround.

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and the winner is…

Dahlia!

4/52: Dahlia modeling a new AnneArchy dress

Dahlia won by two votes over the other names I proposed for this gal. I’m pleased with that result, so Dahlia it is.

These photos picture her modeling one of the new dresses I made this weekend (and by weekend I mean yesterday and today – I work Saturday and Sunday), the Hot Pink Hottie Dress.

Dahlia modeling a new AnneArchy dress

My goal was to make a shorty dress but still make it a little bit fancy. I think the ribbon trim at the hem and the starburst sequin embellishment on the bodice accomplishes that nicely. I made the skirt quite full which also adds to the effect. As you can see I also finally got some socks for her!

Hot Pink Hottie Dress for Blythe

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dressy

I made quite a bit of time for sewing this weekend and I’m so glad I did. I really need to make a concerted effort to do so more often. Sewing is so satisfying for me and I feel like I’m teaching myself new tricks and techniques and it’s so fun to learn new things.

For starters, I made this Pink Pooch dress:

Pink Pooch Dress for Blythe 3/52: yet-unnamed MRB modeling the Pink Pooch Dress

I love the dog fabric and I was so pleased that I happened to have on hand this pink polka dot fabric that matched perfectly. I was originally just going to use it to line the bodice (which I did) but then decided that I wanted to make a second layer of skirt to show it off. I think it turned out quite well. Here you can see my new-to-me (and yet-to-be-named – suggestions welcome!) Mademoiselle Rosebud Blythe (thanks again to my pal Kristen for letting me take her off your hands!) modeling it and hanging out with her own pooch.

Next is the Aster dress:

Aster Dress for Blythe

Isn’t this flower fabric awesome? I love that it’s retro but not over the top and I think it works really well as the skirt of this dress. I sewed beads on at the center of each flower (which on the fabric is the same color blue that the beads are) and then added two on the bodice where buttons might otherwise be. This dress is pretty simple but I’m quite pleased with the result.

Then we have the Sew Buttons dress:

Sew Buttons Dress for Blythe

When I saw this fabric I knew I needed to make a Blythe dress from it. To me it’s crafty without being too cutesy – I think the 70s color scheme makes it work. I love the little bits of lime green in the pattern and I think the ribbon I put around the hem brings them out nicely. I also attached yellow and orange buttons where they occur in the print – I’m so pleased with the effect. I named this one for Sarah, who I think will appreciate this dress.

Finally, there’s the Sweetheart dress:

Sweetheart Dress for Blythe

Valentine’s Day is coming up and since I don’t really exchange valentines with people anymore, I felt that making some Blythe clothing was a perfect opportunity to indulge my attraction to this heart fabric. And you can’t go wrong with rick-rack!

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