Sunday, November 11, 2012

Just for fun

Posted by Ainsley Cooper at 6:47 PM 0 comments Links to this post
Some extra pictures I took today of the laydeez.

(It was so cool in  the house this morning that Daniela's [spa edition] makeup changed.)

 (Aha! I just realized she looks like an old lady with back pains in this one.)

Ooh, girl! Pull your skirt down!


To clarify...

Posted by Ainsley Cooper at 6:36 PM 0 comments Links to this post
Moxie Teenz wigs DO fit on Liv dolls. I was reading all over the internet trying to figure this out because the cheapest Liv wigs I could find were on Amazon and would have ended up costing at least $10 after shipping and all that. And I'm a cheap-ass so that was no bueno for me.
In my research I kept getting mixed stories. "Oh they fit."--"Well, I have both and they don't." Blah blah blah. They have them for $5 at Toys R Us, so I just grabbed two and said to hell with it.
And what do you know, Moxie Teenz wigs DO fit Liv dolls.
Here's proof:

Mizz Dani in a beee-yooo-tee-ful pink wig and "rave"outfit I made for her from some old aerobics pants I had. Snazzy!

And here's Soph in a blond-ish wig. Wearing some clothes I jacked off a Stardoll (ugly little things, those--but super cute clothes!), and also Stardoll shoes. They're a bit big but YOU can't tell and that's all that's important. The bolero is hers though.

I will say, though, that it probably just seems like they don't fit because unless you either (a) put some kind of sticky stuff down like tack or double sided tape or (b) don't move them around hardly any, the wigs fall off because there is nothing holding them on.

I will also say that you get what you pay for. These wigs are not nearly as full as a Liv wig. It's also possible some lazy employee made mine since the pink wig is actually half decent while the long blond wig is so shoddy there are obvious areas that don't get covered. I had to spend 5+ minutes spreading the hair out just right on Sophie to cover the bald spots. There was also about three yards (not literally) of extra plastic hanging off the blond wig that I had to cut off.

Worth it.

No-Sew Doll Skirt

Posted by Ainsley Cooper at 1:14 PM 0 comments Links to this post
Things you'll need:
-fabric (I used some old shorts)
-fabric glue (optional)
-velcro (optional)
-some kind of string (optional)

*I will be showing you how to make this with velcro. If you don't want to use velcro you can use string to hold the skirt in place.*

Take your fabric and cut from the edge to however long you want the skirt to be.
Then cut along the width so that it wraps around the dolls body PLUS about an extra 1/2 inch.
Take your rectangle and along the length, cut out a smaller rectangle about 3/8in long by 1/2 wide.
(Hopefully the picture explains a little better. -- If you're using old clothes you can use the hem for the top edge and just cut out a 1/2 inch piece from that like I did)

Attach your velcro.Stick a piece on the front side where the extra fabric is and one on the wrong side where the flat edge is.

Once it dries lay the piece face down and place your doll face down on top.
Take the side with the extra half inch and wrap it around the doll.
Then take the other side and wrap it over top to fasten the velcro.

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a skirt!

If you dont want to use velcro, you can tie string or a hair tie around the waist to hold it in place.

Paired with my no-sew shirt and a vest I made with some scrap leather:

No-Sew Doll T-shirt

Posted by Ainsley Cooper at 12:29 PM 0 comments Links to this post
What you'll need:
-an old shirt (really any type of fabric)
-fabric glue (optional)
-sew on velcro or stick on velcro which is easier but not as cheap. (optional)
-string/yarn, or hair tie (optional)

*I will be showing you how to do this using velcro. If you do not want to use velcro then use string to hold the shirt in place*
First thing's first; cut out a square that's long enough to cover the the length of the torso (unless you want a crop top) and wide enough to wrap around the dolls body.

 Then, fold the fabric in half width wise and place your doll on top. Using the scissors, make a slight cut in the fabric on each side of the doll where the arms will go (arm holes). If you want a tank top style, make the cuts more on top of the shoulder than by the arm like I've done.

Next, cut a half circle between the two arm hole cuts you made. The wider the distance between the half circle and the arm holes, the wider your sleeve is going to be. But don't make the circle too big or you'll have some nip slips.

Now you'll want to cut along the folded edge up to the arm hole. Do this for each side.
Unfold the fabric and pick which half is going to be your backside and then, starting at the bottom of the armhole, cut down at a slight inward angle. (The right side on mine is just folded under. Both sides of yours should look like the left side of mine.)

Then you'll take your velcro and cut it into skinny, long strips and use your fabric glue to glue it to your shirt.
You'll take the widest part and glue a strip onto the back and another onto the front along the edges. (or just stick them on there if you have the sticky kind) Wait for the glue to dry.

Now for the fun part!
Pull the shirt over the doll's head (through the hole obvs) with the skinny piece in the back. Then, wrap the long sides around to the back and fasten the velcro!! Super simple!

Et voila! A shirt!!!

If you don't want to buy velcro you can always use a makeshift belt (ie string/yarn, or a hairband) to hold the pieces in place.

A DC shirt I made with this method:

I like turtles--I mean dolls

Posted by Ainsley Cooper at 7:55 AM 0 comments Links to this post
So I've been on a doll craze lately. More specifically Liv dolls. I wanted to crochet some barbie clothes and when looking for one that would fit my needs (I needed a pose-able one) I discovered the Livs and just had to have one.
I ended up getting a Sophie and a Daniela doll AND THEY'RE TOTALLY AWESOME! Lol.
The first thing I did with them was fix their eyes. I actually swapped them out because I think it's cliche to have a blond hair blue eyed doll (ahem, Sophie). So now Dani's got blue eyes and the Soph has brown. I like them even more now.
I ended up not crocheting clothes for them but making some no-sew outfits out of old t-shirts and the like since I suck at sewing by hand and don't have a machine.
I came up with my own way of making them since I couldn't find any tutorials online that produced the results I was looking for, so I will post my tuts here later today.
For now though I will put up some pics I took shortly after I got them. I had already done the eye swap.

As you can see, they're a bit disheveled and Dani is for sure cross eyed (I've fixed that). I definitely think they look better with each others eyes.
Best part is, my daughter can play with them when she's old enough, so the $15 I spent on these girls will stretch for a looooong time.


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