After I cleaned up the little girl dolls from Andrea's stash, I lost interest in the 2 Barbie dolls that came with it. Both Barbie dolls were in good condition but their hair were a little messy, their gowns a little dated, and they didn't have any shoes. At the time I was able to straighten their hair a little using hot water: pour hot (supposed to be boiling... but I was afraid of scalding my hands) water on the doll's hair, then comb (to straighten) or style and allow to dry (to set). I'm an amateur at this (and I didn't use boiling water as instructed), so it didn't turn out as neatly as I had hoped. I will probably try again.
Anyway, I have also been downloading doll dress patterns online and have been excited to make my own for a while. I was so inspired by the DIY doll dresses I saw online. Those people make it look so effortless! However, after I tried making a pair of pants and seeing the outcome... let's just say that's when I lost interest. I planned to just buy Barbie clothes at the mall but they were a little expensive so I put it off and told myself, I'll wait until Andrea and Helaena are old enough to appreciate the Barbie dolls before I spend money on it.
Last weekend however, while shopping at the mall, I saw a few dresses for a doll named "Haidee". I think it's made locally. The gowns are being sold for only P100 (around $2.50) each. The quality was not as good as the original clothes made by Mattel but some look good enough. I chose one and bought it to see if it will fit the doll:
It does!! And the dress is not bad either.
I'll buy more when I get the chance to go back to the mall.
More good news on the doll arena... last weekend, I also went to Divisoria (THE flea market of Manila). I saw doll dresses as well and they only sell for P40 (less than $1). I also bought one but it doesn't fit as well as the one I got at the mall. But they also sell doll shoes that fit Barbie dolls for only P25 (around $0.25) per pack! And each pack contains 3 pairs of shoes. I'll post pictures when I get around to taking proper photos.