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« on: July 09, 2012 08:05:56 AM »

I recently got a Blythe. She is apparently a clone - so 1st thing to do is buy a wig on eBay.
       Now I want to paint her. How does one paint a Blythe doll without the paint peeling or without it getting all over the place?
       Next, her wardrobe sucks. I have found about 3 free Blythe tutorials for the standard 12'' size - and I am working on them, but I'd like to try out some others and get advice on sewing for Blythe. Any help in that department would be most appreciated!
       I want to make all sorts of outfits and things for her and hopefully get good enough to join some Blythe swaps!
       So, if there is anyone else out there who was lucky enough to get their hands on a Blythe, and found themselves a bit lost, advice would be great!   

                     Thanks all you Blythe Gals and Guys!
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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2012 08:08:05 AM »

Hello I am like you a Blythe lover, but also I covert Tangkou (of which I now have 2) and I have a few vintage Sindy and other vintage fashion dolls from the 70's & 80's.

I am no expert and like you a starter outter.

May I suggest buy some cheap Charity shop (goodwill) barbies/Bratz etc to practice on them.  This my aim before I buy my Blythe or Bassak Blythe to custom.

I have been searching the internet for how.  These are some and only some of the sources I have found
Such as ehow
http://www.ehow.com/how_6637310_repaint-gene-dolls.html
http://www.retrodolls.co.uk/
http://dolls.wonderhowto.com/how-to/reroot-blythe-doll-hair-271165/

very useful
http://www.zipperthatdoll.com/
http://www.littletrimmings.com/

there are lots of people who have hints and ideas like http://www.thethinkingdoll.com/apps/blog/
http://www.libertyjaneclothing.com/

My inspiration and wish to have the cash would be lolly's collection on 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lollygomez/
or to produce like abi http://www.flickr.com/photos/38519424@N08/

I have been making 12 inch dolly clothes for a FEEEWWW years on and off.  a Blythe is very similar in shape to a Barbie.  I always make a mock up in cheap as chips fabric.  usually from clothing I am thrownig away or charity shop finds.
I'd then try draping and fitting fabric to the doll to see how it fits & cut the shape I want.  I  generally use the same techniques in doll sewing as human sewing, but you have to think about the smaller areas first.  forexample - a hem on a sleeve or trouser leg and even a waist bad is easier to sew with the flat fabric than trying to do it afterwards.
If you need patterns - Simplicity have a few and occasionally the appear on ebay for very little money.  There are also quite a few books on the subject on amazon as well as few "Tutorials" on the web.

I would say just have a go and see where you get.
Good luck and we look forward to seeing your results.
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