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Old 10-06-2012, 02:21 PM
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Question Can you buy naked dolls and dress them yourself, for less money?

Hi everybody! I've got a question I need some expert advice for. i.e. Not me, I haven't got a clue... I want A LOT of dolls for my Norman House. Firstly there will be the family as well as staying guests and servants. But I also want to stage it so that it is on a night when they are hosting a ball (hence the ballroom) so I need a lot of extra dolls I can use for that. It's going to probably take years to collect them all (as well as finish the house!) But since I'm sticking with high Georgian times here - 1779 - I find the Georgian dolls tend to be a lot more expensive than the ones that look a bit more Victorian.

I've got a sewing machine I'm learning to use, and I already know how to hand sew. I was wondering if anyone knew of a seller who sold dolls without all their finery, but still basically quite pretty facial features etc and posable. Then I might be able to sew clothes for them, because all the magazines have these gorgeous patterns for lovely outfits, and I'm sure once I got the hang of it I could innovate some more.

So, what do you think, is this viable or another false economy? Anyone know where I might be able to get dolls like this? I do have a massive chunk of doll making Fimo but choosing moulds and so on confusing the heck out of me. I can't make heads or tails of it (pun intended). I'm just not sure how best to go about getting roughly 100 lovely looking Georgian dolls?!?! HELP! SOS!
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Old 10-06-2012, 05:09 PM
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Hi Erin,

If you buy the cheap naked dolls like from ebay or these Dollshouse Mania you would definitely gain as dolls in ball gowns and going back to 1779 with that amount will be quite expensive.

Or you can buy cheap dolls and undress them yourself as they will still be cheaper.

If you need some patterns of all the house hold, elaborated gowns children and men private message me and I can definitely send you the lot.
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Nicki bott sells some lovely dolls, I think ive spelt her name right.She has a website.

http://www.nickybottdolls.co.uk/READ...ESS-DOLLS.html

I havent bought any of her dolls yet! but I was hoping to one day. I know some people on here have.
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ive started looking elswhere, i recently brought a couple of childrens magazines that had a small doll as a free gift, she is a bit on the small side but great for a child.......i had already decieded that i would need to make the stock of wedding dresses so hoping they will make great little bridesmaids, have you thought that for those facing away from the front you may get away with "suffing" the dress and adding a wig ?
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I have bought loads of cheap dolls for 2 or 3 and undressed them but you can get them undressed I usually get then on eBay of at fairs
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I've not seen too many naked dolls, but as others have said it is easy to strip cheap dolls and re-dress them. Many of the dolls in my houses have been through this process.
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Hi Erin,

I've found two so far:

1/12th & 1/24th Dollshouse Doll Kits, Undressed Dolls & Dollmaking Supplies from World Of My Own.

Heverbell Miniatures • Porcelain Dolls - Costumed & Kits / Trims & Fabrics

If there's a particular doll artist you like it might be worth contacting them and asking if they'd supply you with an undressed doll, you never know.

There was someone on ebay selling dolls 'ready for you to dress' but I can't find them now - possibly Clara Gibb? or something like that anyway. Have you tried Etsy as I think I saw some on there too?
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Hey thanks everybody this is great the number of choices you've given me!!! As always with this forum I end up spoilt for choice! I'm not in a position where I can buy them right now, it may even be a few months because I have several big expenses coming up. Or I could choose the seller I like best and do something like buy one a month or something... but either way you've really helped out in a huge way, thank you!

Rebecca, I will message you for the patterns if you don't mind. Thank you everyone! Much appreciated when you're looking at kitting out a house with dozens and dozens of Georgian dolls!
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Of course you could try buying a mould and some polymer clay and make your own . . . .
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Of course you could try buying a mould and some polymer clay and make your own . . . .
Hi! Sorry its taken me so long to get back! I meant to say, I like the idea of this. I have played around a little with polymer clay but when I've looked for moulds they've been very expensive for one set, so, what I'm trying to say is, each doll would have the same facial expression etc. But I'll put my hands up and say I'm pretty much a dunce with these things and I often miss what the real experts know. So I could be very wrong. It just seemed when I looked into it before as if it might cost as much as buying the dolls already. But I'm open to new ideas always. I would certainly like to do it for at least some of the dolls, just to say I did. I mean, I need so many dolls there is no saying I have to get them all from the same means, if you know what I mean. I can try lots of different methods and see which one works out best.
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