Monday, July 20, 2015

Angelica's Redress x2

With the exception of the shoes and "nude" tights, Angelica wears her original fashion.
Part of The Ultimate Collection by the late Philip Heath, 1999, Angelica's original fashion is an off-white satin sundress and voile duster with white leggings. I originally added nude hose and off-white ankle strap shoes after her barefoot arrival. A girl needs shoes, I thought. I suppose Heath thought differently.

Her first shoes deteriorated with time as blogged about here and were replaced with the black stud-accented sandals shown above, which (without soliciting her opinion) my daughter advised, do not match her original fashion.  I already knew this, but these and a couple of other shoes were the only ones I found while shopping for replacement shoes for her size 7 child's foot. So they had to do.

I have longed to redress Angelica for years. This, I knew, would pose difficulty because of her partial vinyl limbs, her 38-inch height, and slender body. The new outfit would require long sleeves and new leggings or a dress length that would extend below her knees. During Zulily.com's recent Dollie and Me event, I found two fashions that are perfect for Angelica. I guessed at her size, girls 4/5.

Each fashion comes with a matching dress designed to fit an 18-inch (American Girl-size) doll.


Even though they were ordered together, the fashions were shipped separately with the one on the left in the above image arriving first.  Angelica tried it on and wore it for about a week before the dress arrived.  She models both below with and without the dolls chosen to wear the accompanying dresses:

I was surprised at how well this two-piece fashion fits Angelica and how great she looks wearing it.  (The tutu is attached to the leggings.)

Her little doll companion is a reproduction Patty-Jo by Terri Lee.  The extra dress fits her well.
To provide a better look at the smaller dress, Angelica holds Patty-Jo.
For the second outfit, a turquoise dress with mesh skirt and dark pink underskirt, Angelica had a couple of on-hand shoe choices, shown next.

With her nude tights, these pink suede ankle straps complement the underskirt of this drop-waist dress.  The sleeves of the dress are a little long.  For a quick remedy, I wrapped clear elastic bands over the sleeves at the wrists, pulled the excess fabric up and folded it over the bands.

The second dress worn with black suede T-straps creates a dressier look.

Angelica is joined by her dress-like me doll, Bonnie Lou by Terri Lee and Patty Jo tags along.
Initially I chose the first outfit as my favorite, but with the black shoes, I like the dress equally as well.  Angelica "decided" to wear the first outfit for now because of its summery look.  She will save the dress to wear during the fall or winter.  The little ones were just happy to be redressed.

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11 comments:

  1. What a beautiful doll! I love her look! Philip Heath dolls are so magnificent, I always love to look at pictures of these dolls. She looks lovely in the outfit you chose, the shoes go very well with it too. I also like the Terri Lee doll very much, I've always wanted one, a reproduction or an original, they are so cute :-).

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    1. Hi Linda,

      Heath was indeed a very talented doll artist. I loved almost all of his work.

      Thanks for the compliments on Angelica's redresses.

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  2. Angelica is super cute! She looks happier in her new clothes. Very nice redress!

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  3. Wow, I don't think I'd really appreciated how large Angelica was until you mentioned her clothing size. She must make for an imposing display!

    Love the way she and Patty-Jo look in those matching outfits - I almost wouldn't have expected those colours to go together, but they look great.

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    1. Yes, jSarie, Angelica is a big girl, height-wise, but she is actually not the largest doll here. There are a couple of others. The fact that she can sit or stand helps. I usually keep her seated in a child-size chair.

      Will I ever buy another doll her size? Probably not. There isn't room. I am trying to keep newcomers under 18 inches, if at all possible. Since I do not limit the dolls to one scale, I continue to let my purchases be driven by my heart.


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  4. Whenever I see a doll holding a doll it makes me feel funny and I don't know why. Humans have other humans so why shouldn't dolls have dolls? Still, it makes me pause, lol.

    She looks totally real in that first photo of her in her new outfit.

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    1. Hey Muff, didn't you know the big ones are like kids and some need their own dolls?
      :-)

      Seriously, very little about dolls creeps me out. I do have my limits. I cannot form any amount of affection toward an inanimate animal. So the lifelike baby pigs, puppies, orangutans, and other animals some doll artists have resorted to making would never-ever interest me, ever. To each her own, though.

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  5. She looks so real and adorable in her first new outfit. Those colors suit her so well. I like that second one, too, just not as much as the first one. Every time I see the Dolly and Me event on Zulily I want to order something for my granddaughter, then realize I don't have her size. I really need to make that happen one day.

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    1. Vanessa,

      Angelica and Aaron are my two favorite dolls by Heath. The realism is amazing (he was ahead of his time). I like the first outfit on Angelica better, too.

      I hope you are able to catch the next Dollie and Me sale at Zulily in order to purchase your granddaughter an outfit or two. They are really well-made and fashionable! Of course you'll have to send her an 18-inch doll so someone can wear the doll-size fashion. :-)

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  6. niesamowita Angelica ♥
    fajnie, że dość duża -
    łatwo wtedy o ciuszki...

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