Me: "If I only want one of these, can the price be reduced?"
Me: "Okay, I just thought I'd ask."
Cashier: "It never hurts to ask."
I agreed. So both dolls came home with me for $2.99 + tax.
The larger doll is marked Chic Dolls, Made in China. In November 2012, Paulette of Limbe Dolls introduced us to a boxed set of princess dolls sold at Wal-Mart during last Christmas season. She recognized these to be Chic Boutique dolls.
The one I found has the same caramel complexion that Paulette described. My doll's hair is lighter. As Paulette indicated, she could represent several ethnicities: African American, Hispanic, or multiracial. She has a twist and turn waist and jointed knees, which are quite wobbly.
She will need a doll stand to hold a bent-knee position or something to support her back if she stands erect.
She will never sit here. Her sitting position is quite awkward looking and lacks grace.
She does have a pretty face and a fully rooted head of hair that was in need of brushing when I found her.
Even though she looked clean, I wiped her off, brushed her locks, gave her a top braid, and found something to cover her nudity.
A Barbie Fashionistas dress found at Big Lots for $3 some time ago fits her well along with a pair of transparent lavender heels that were already on hand.
The following photo of this doll with S.I.S. Marisa and Trichelle can be used for a complexion comparison.
No, I did not forget about the Bratz doll that I believe is Yasmin. Initially, the plan was to discard her, but those big alien eyes convinced me to at least comb her hair and find something for her to wear.
After her bath, Yasmin was given a side ponytail. I added pink studs to her ears next.
The cowgirl boots were found first. They are part of the original outfit worn by Rock Star Kenya. The floral print lavender dress, which was way too big before I modified it, was originally worn by Swappin' Heads Artsy.
After hemming the dress and closing the back Velcro, I created a flap-over pleat and tacked the side down. The brown satin shoulder straps were next snugly sewn to the top of the dress in back creating a little bow in the process, which is illustrated next. (Yasmin and I do not care that the dress is now sewn on and that the open seam of the cowgirl boots does not meet in the back.)
Jasmin is now all pulled together from head to toe (as shown above). She poses once more with her thrift store Chic Dolls companion.
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