Monday, November 30, 2015

More Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Themes of these Christmas sweater ornaments from Michaels are: wreath, noel, reindeer, wrapped package, joy, and two tan bells.

For a couple of years, I have wanted to get my hands on the Christmas sweater ornaments sold at Michaels.  After reading Ms. Leo's Christmas Sweaters post, I asked my daughter to check the store near her the next time she was in the vicinity.  It only took a few days for that to happen (the woman is a shopaholic).

At Michaels, she asked me to FaceTime (FT) her so she could show me what they had.  I really wanted at least two with fur collars, but none were available.  The FT video reception was poor, so I asked her to choose five different ones for me.  "Five is an odd number," she said.  "Well buy six then, and make sure at least one is blue," I instructed.

At the Michaels where Ms. Leo shopped, the sweater ornaments were 40% off [the regular price of $5.99].  Here they were 50% off.  My daughter paid $2.99 for each.


The real miniature wire hangers are stitched to the neck of these excellent quality sweaters.  Just a snip with scissors allowed easy removal.


Since she wears "red bottom" shoes, I chose I.T.B.E. Luscious to model one, as shown above.  This is when I discovered the perfect arm length but wide waist and hemline.  In the above photo the  knit fabric is pulled together in the back to minimize the waist.

With the fabric in back relaxed, Luscious illustrates how wide the fit of the sweater is on her thin frame.  Wearing one of these, she could easily pull off the look of a 9-month pregnancy, as shown next.

In this sweater, with the front pulled forward, Luscious looks well into a third trimester of pregnancy.
After an ah-ha moment, I decided to try another Michaels Christmas sweater on Big Beautiful Doll Dasia.  It was my thought that her fuller figure would fill in the width.  I was pleasantly pleased by two things.


After removing her wrap, I rediscovered Georgette Taylor's handwritten inscription to me on Dasia's back, which reads:

To Debbie
Love,
Georgette Taylor,
08/2004

(Taylor co-founded the Big Beautiful Doll Company and is reintroducing the dolls under different names through her newly formed, I Am Beautiful Doll Company.)


I was also delighted that the sweater fits Dasia well (the sleeves are a little short, but we won't tell her). Like Luscious (a.k.a. Anika or Boo-Boo Kitty), Dasia is wearing the sweater over her dress.

Modeling Christmas sweater ornaments from various sources:  (in back, L-R) Nikki's sweater is from Christopherandbanks.com.  Dasia and Anika's sweaters are from a local Michaels store, and (seated) Goddess Emerald's sweater is from Jafgifts.com.

Acting as mother to the other Christmas sweater wearers, Dasia and her daughters took a lovely family portrait before joining the other attendees of the Christmas sweater party.

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16 comments:

  1. Now I need to add a trip to Michael's to my long list of things to do. Now that you mention it, the fur collared sweaters I bought last year were really big on my regular dolls. i'm sure they will look better on Dasia. There is a chance there was another section of sweaters somewhere in Michael's. Group 1 as Ms. Leo called them. The fur sweaters are in group 1. Michael's doesn't always have the groups together, as I discovered last year.

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    1. Thanks for the heads up on Michaels' sweater ornament groupings. I will have my daughter check again. She couldn't find them initially. I told her they were ornaments which is when she found them.

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  2. I will have to go to Michaels' as well, seeing that Dena says she needs a Christmas sweater for the party she will be attending!

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    1. Hope you're able to find one that pleases Dena, Dorothea!
      :-)

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  3. Those sweaters are adorable, and I love how they fit Dasia! I'm wondering how they'd fit male dolls.... I may have to get some for my Ken dolls.

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    1. Hi Sarah,

      These sweaters do fit Ken's body but the end of the sleeve is about 5/8 of an inch from his wrist. I am using So In Style Darren as my model. The sleeves can be pulled down just a bit so it is not so obvious the sleeves are too short.

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  4. Hi Debbie, the Christmas sweaters are great, I especially like the blue one. Thank you for the link to the I Am Beautiful website, the new Nikia doll looks lovely in her lingerie set!

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    1. Thank you, Linda, and thanks for navigating to the link to check out the new I am Beautiful dolls. I wish Georgette much success with this new venture.

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  5. The blue one is my favorite. Dasia looks cute!

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    1. Thanks, GG. I'm glad I asked my daughter to pick a blue one. I actually had in mind to use at least one of these for one of my male dolls, but the blue she chose didn't look to masculine.

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  6. Debbie, I was almost able to resist these cute ugly sweaters this season, but then you went and put one on Dasia. I think I'm going to have to go and look for these now! All of your dolls look great in their sweaters!

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    1. I hope you are able to find just the right one(s) for Dasia, Roxanne. I was happy to discover she can wear these. Her wardrobe here is so limited.

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  7. It's so nice to see your dolls wearing their sweaters proudly.
    The autograph is a lovely surprise, isn't it? Thanks for the info about the ew company. I might get one curvy and proud doll for myself.
    Arlette

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    1. Yes, the autograph was a lovely surprise, Arlette. Rediscovering it brought back memories of a local doll event that Georgette and I attended in 2004. I brought my Dasia doll with me for her to sign. She also presented me with a 2nd Dasia doll that I keep in the box.

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  8. Wow, the more we call them ugly, the more I'm feeling they are beautiful! :)

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    1. I agree Shasha. These colorful sweaters are not ugly at all.

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