I'm a huge fan of http://www.morrisseydolls.com/ for doll patterns. They even have patterns for dolls no longer in production, such as the My Twinn line. For three of the four makeovers, I will be using the following patterns:
Bitty Baby (no name yet): Baseball Uniform (http://www.morrisseydolls.com/bitplay.html
My Twinn Friend (Emma): Poodle skirt set (this pattern is not available yet, but you can see it here: http://www.morrisseydolls.com/twinnclub.html)
Rachel My Twinn Cuddly Sister: Sailor Dress three piece set (http://www.morrisseydolls.com/cuddly.html)
Instructions to change a doll's wig:
The website http://www.justmagicdolls.com has clear and worry-free instructions for changing a doll's wig at: http://www.justmagicdolls.com/articles/rewig/rewig.htm.
All of the wigs I used were from http://www.allaboutdolls.biz. The wigs there are on clearance and are incredibly inexpensive--as little as $5. You can check the Just Magic Dolls site mentioned above for recommended brands.
I suggest taking inventory of all the dolls you want to put wigs on (and their head sizes) before sending for wig(s), since their flat shipping cost can be more than the price of an individual wig. By ordering everything at once, you'll save a lot of money. They ship these so quickly that you may likely be changing your dolls' wigs the same week you place your order. [I have no connections to the company; I have just been happy with the wigs and service.]
Doll Makeover #1: Bitty Baby, the old, unnamed, bald and un-treasured doll
Bitty before: No name, no gender, and a banged up head
Bitty goal: A boy (Raul) with dark brown hair and a Cubs baseball uniform. [Note: I chose an "infant" wig for Bitty. After seeing how full it is, I would recommend sticking with a wig marked "whispy" or "newborn."]
Well, Bitty is back to being a girl named Bitty! There are just cuter doll fashions for girl dolls, and the wig was cut more in a girl's style with long sides.
Doll Makeover #2: Emma, the '50s Redhead
Emma before: Dark brown hair, thin purple jersey pajamas
Emma goal: '50s girl with curly red hair, freckles, and poodle skirt outfit
And in other clothes:
(Sorry about the unclear photos...the camera has its good days and bad days!)
Doll Makeover #3: Rachel, the chronic bad hair day doll
Rachel before: Frizzy brown hair, no nice clothes to wear
Rachel goal: A blonde sailor girl
Doll Makeover #4: Leang, the AGT whose hair I ruined
I never liked Leang's hairstyle, so I tried all sorts of things with it: putting all but a fringe of bangs back in a tight headband so that they were like that permanently, curling her hair permanently (and kind of frizzing it up!), and painting on it with hair pencil. The first photo is the before picture. I know not much difference can be seen between the two, but the wig looks much better and doesn't have any bangs. The wig is basically the way I wanted to try and make her hair look!
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