Saturday, August 30, 2014

Who Wears It Best?

I removed the above Sparkle Girlz fashion from the card and tried it on several dolls to see which body types fit these fashions best.


I was surprised to discover the top is a bodysuit, as modeled by Swappin' Styles Artsy.  The skirt sits low on the waist.  There is a black ribbon sewn underneath the skirt in the center to create a crotch.  The black shoes are flexible with a split in back for ease of putting on and removing.

Alvin Ailey American Dancer Theater Barbie, photograph courtesy of D. Davis aka #TheBarbieKing

Fellow doll enthusiast, D. Davis aka #TheBarbieKing, shared a photo of his muse, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Barbie.  Wearing the body suit alone, this ebony complexioned beauty makes a bold fashion statement.
 

Artsy now wears the complete fashion in the above photo.  The top is snug across her broad shoulders, but I was able to Velcro it closed in back.  The skirt and shoes fit nicely. 

"Why are her lips so-big?" my daughter asked me recently.  Poor Denise underwent lip enhancement last year, which was a mega failure.  As my daughter stated, "It's just too much!"

Again, on Denise, the body suit is tight.  The skirt and shoes fit.


Dressing the thinner frame of the Chic Boutique doll in this fashion posed no problems.  The body suit is actually a little loose in the waist and hip area, however.  The shoes are perfect for her slender feet.


Next in line to try the fashion on was Kara.  Same verdict here:  Snug fit for the body suit while the skirt and shoes fit.


The last one of my dolls to try on the fashion was Brandy.  As you can see, it appears to be a comfortable fit.  However, the top is snug across her shoulders and a little loose in the waist area.  The shoes are a different story.  See the next image.

Brandy is basically standing "on" the back half of the shoes.  The front of her feet stop where the yellow arrow points.  Perhaps if she did not have cankles, her foot could be placed further inside the shoe. 

Of the dolls I tried the fashion on, it fits best on the Chic Boutique doll, but I like it best on Kara.

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After seeing D. Davis' photos of dolls wearing the gray bodysuit and red plaid skirt separately along with other Sparkle Girlz fashions, and appreciating his ability to blend the fashion with other clothing, I asked his permission to share the photo of AAADT Barbie (above) and the next photo. 

These Barbies look fab-u-lous in Sparkle Girlz fashions.  Photograph courtesy of D. Davis aka #TheBarbieKing
Above, Oklahoma Cheerleader Barbie is dressed in the "love" dress.  Davis' muse, AAADT Barbie, now wears the top from another Sparkle Girlz fashion while Barbie Basics Red pairs the red plaid skirt with a white blouse she already had.

D. Davis, a collector since the '90s, who loves his Barbies and GI Joes, appreciates "the more solid muted colors" of these fashions and added, "Sparkle Girlz clothing gives you other options." 

Thanks again D. Davis for sharing the photos of your lovely ladies with us!

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16 comments:

  1. I love that last photo you posted by The Barbie King! The girls look like they are just gabbing as the walk about town. Even with the snug fitting, these clothes definitely give you more options and I think that is why everyone is excited about them. Having variety is awesome.

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    1. The Barbie King's ladies do appear engaged in an interesting discussion and do it in style. Options and alternatives to bubblegum pink are always welcome here!

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  2. Love this posting Debbie!!This is an inspiration!
    Nice to see the same fashion tryed on different dolls,and LOVE this amazing happiest version of Artsy.And it's always a pleasure to see the beautiful Alvin Ailey doll!

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    1. Thank you, Jorge for reading and commenting. I didn't think about trying this fashion on my own Alvin Ailey Barbie, but it is great to know, thanks to D. Davis, how lovely she will look in some of these fashions.

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  3. Hola, se ven muy bonitas todas. Espero ver alguna parecida por aqui. Besos.

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    1. Hola Linaivette ,

      Gracias ! Espero les ve allí también.

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  4. I snatch up my sets today at Walmart! I couldn't believe they had them. I will be looking for the packs soon. Thanks for sharing the photos of the dolls. They will serve as base pieces for some of my dolls and I love the way it looks on Kara, she does wear it best. These pieces will encourage me to sew more.

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    1. Wonderful, Brini! I am glad you were able to find some and become inspired to sew.

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  5. You would feature one of the fashions I NEED, but don't have yet. lol. I love it on all the ladies. There is a Walmart right down the street from the real estate community I am in today. I will be stopping by before the weekend ends. I love that black and white handbag in the last photo.

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    1. That one just happens to be my favorite and I wanted to remove it from the card to see how my girls look in it.

      Warning: As with any other fashion attached to cards with plastic fasteners, take care removing these to avoid creating holes in the fabric. The gray bodysuit has a hole where I became a little to zealous in my desire to remove it from the card.

      Hope you find it Vanessa. My mother asked about you yesterday. I told her your are better.

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  6. The outfit that you've featured is so cute and I want it! I am so tempted to go back to Walmart to see if they have filled the void with more of these outfits. You are right about the teeny tiny plastic fasteners - I was so annoyed with those things. Thanks for showing these dolls wearing the fashions!

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    1. I hope you are able to find this outfit, Roxanne. It is still my favorite, even after locating the denim jacket fashion today.

      Those fasteners are so annoying. Fingernail clippers are a good tool to snip them away.

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  7. It was hard to decide among your choices, but I liked the outfit best on the Chic Boutique doll. (I don't care for gray on Kara shrug.)

    Thanks to you and to D. Davis aka The Barbie King for sharing his photos. They are so well posed.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your like, D7ana. It is a good fit on the Chic Boutique doll. I agree that gray does not complement Kara's complexion, but her shape s perfect for the fashion, which is why I like it best on her.

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  8. The best part is these clothes are not pink!! :) Not available where I am!! :(

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    1. The fact that they are not pink is wonderful, Pam. I wish they were available for you.

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