I first came across 123 Mulberry Street via the patterns on sale over at Pixie Faire, which I featured in a post a few months ago. What I’d not realised is that Sandra Brown, owner and designer also sells handmade doll outfits direct from Canada via her Etsy store of the same name. She’s on facebook too (certainly pays to advertise these things) and I fell in love with one of the outfits showcased there so headed over to see what was new.
And of course, succumbed to temptation, as postage to the UK is comparable to what I pay for doll clothes from UK shops, so how could I resist? The girls couldn’t wait to try on the new outfits.
Here’s Katy modelling a stylish long purple knitted tunic (the knitwear is a sweater fabric rather than hand knitted, making those trendy fashions possible) with gorgeous detailing in shades of purple and a rich orange on the bottom of the tunic and on the sleeves. The outfit comes with lilac leggings, made of thick denier material which slide on beautifully and fit nice and snugly to her legs, and also a fab necklace. The boots are Kidz n Cats, from Ariane’s original outfit.
Its great to see an outfit with accessories and I was impressed with how effective this simple piece is – its 3 charm beads on a length of ribbon to tie round the neck and really sets of the plain neckline of the tunic, and is a clever way of making a necklace, might borrow this idea for jewellery for myself.
The tunic fastens with velcro in back but there’s attention to detail here too, tiny pearl buttons up the length of the fastening, so pretty.
I also fell in love with this elegant beige party dress with lace detailing and matching beige leggings. The leggings again are of a very soft fabric and go very well with the subtle print of the dress itself. The neckline has two tiny buttons to break up the plain design, and the fabric drapes beautifully. I matched this one with gold sandals from the Design a Friend range but any smart shoes would look good. The lace detailing is what makes the dress special, managing to be stylish but not fussy.
I think Sandra has a real flair for design at this size, I really was spoilt for choice amongst her various outfits and the quality was excellent; she has a real eye for lines and colours and the clothes are very different from other ranges, so she’s happily on my favourite designer list now, though its hard not to go wild and pick up everything available – the outfits are one-offs, in the main, so when they’re gone, they’re gone. Many of the outfits have inventive necklace designs to complete the look also.
I don’t sew, but the design flair also applies to the 123 Mulberry Street sewing patterns available via Pixie Faire, so there’s something to suit everyone here basically.
As for Katy and Grace, they want to wear these clothes forever and ever.