|Lovely Patsy Veterinary Set|
After sharing photos of my Lovely Patsy Chef with members of my doll group and mentioning that the doll reminded me of someone, one member commented that the doll reminds her of Michelle Obama. I agreed, but the chef has brown hair. Because of the nose shape, I also now see Karyn Parsons of Fresh Prince fame in the chef.
To possibly transform the doll into Michelle Obama, I visited a different Family Dollar and purchased Veterinary Lovely Patsy because of her black hair. Intentions were to change the doll's eyes and restyle the hair. This would be my first complete eye makeover. Scary idea it was, but with a five-dollar doll, I only had that much to lose.
Before sharing the process, I took photos to illustrate her original hairstyle and sparsely rooted hair.
|Original hairstyle: two side sections pulled up into a ponytail, the mid section of which is attached to the lower section by a rubber band to create a second ponytail.|
|Before removing the lower rubber band, the rooting was examined.|
|She can wear her hair down to cover the bald spots or in a ponytail. An inch trim of the ends made them even.|
The Eye Repaint:
|The original eye paint was removed with fingernail polish remover. A smaller area for the eyes was next painted with ivory acrylic paint.|
She doesn't look like Michelle Obama, but...
...her eyes look much better and more realistic (for my first attempt) than they did before.
What to Wear:
She definitely needed an upgrade in her original clothing. First she tried on a blue Barbie ensemble and settled on another Barbie fashion as illustrated below.
|This short blue dress shows too much of her super thin legs.|
|She looks better in this slightly longer red dress, which I accented with a sheer ribbon to create a shawl wrap.|
|As a final touch, her ears were pierced.|
The next time I repaint eyes, I will have a better understanding of the process and use better painting tools to achieve an even more realistic-looking eye.
Before even attempting this repaint, I studied the diagram of hand drawing eyes shown here and viewed the following video. Neither was followed precisely, but both gave me the necessary information needed to proceed.
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