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Fashion from The Dolls House

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The Dolls House Fashions - Group Shot

As I’ve mentioned previously, as well as the range of dolls, one of the best parts about The Dolls House company is the cool range of outfits available, which fit other 18″ dolls rather nicely. I treated myself to a parcel of new clothes from there the other week and couldn’t resist getting the gang dressed up and showing off their new togs.

From left to right above we see Bree, Katy, Helene, Grace, Maru and Alice, though there was some swapping of clothes later on, quite  a free for all amongst the girls in fact.

So without further ado, lets introduce the various outfits – imagine the girls have done their “little turn on the catwalk” and are just posing to show off the fashions to their best advantage..

Bree in a red silk kimono

i love this red silk kimono, the way the light shimmers off the fabric with its golden thread and other colours shot through is so effective, it comes with matching little red slippes but that was a bit too much red for me so Breee is barefoot..

Portait of Bree in a kimono

Despite the really long hair on Bree, it goes into an updo beautifully too.

Katy in a flowey top with shorts

Barefeet seems the order of the day – this lace and flowers shorts set is just so cute, and fits Katy (Gotz Hannah) extremely well.

Grace & Katy in green and denim

Grace has already shown off this lovely green dress but she didn’t want to be left out – so summery, the both of them, last chance to wear light fabrics before autumn sets in and its time to pull out the woollies.

Maru in a grey dress with leggings

This tunic is actually a dress, but Maru is so tall it was a bit too short on her, works great as a long top over leggings, though, I think this is one of my favourites, and its good to have clothes that can be versatile, with a bit of thought.

Closer look at Maru's grey top

Its the attention to detail on the outfits that really makes them, the layering on the grey ruffle dress is simple and effective and the rose details at the neck lift it and accentuate the red contrast without being over the top.

Alice in Lilac

Now this delicate lilac dress should be familar, I posted about it previously with Helene modelling, looks great on any doll, no question! And yet again a barefoot theme.

Grace whispering with Katy

“Psst!” whispers Grace, “You should change into the pretty blue dress.. go on.. ”

::Katy scampers off::

Helene modelling pyjamas with a little friend

Helene didn’t want to put her AG mini doll Julie down to show off the outfit properly – such cute white cotton pyjamas with the blue bows and gathered detail. The top is a bit big on a Kidz n Cats so I ended up putting a clip at the back to help it fit better.

Bree & Hellene

Ah, now we can see the outfit properly, plus Bree changed into the flowery top and shorts set Katy was wearing, and looks just as cute.

Closer look at Bree's flowered top

These will work really well as separates but the way the flower embroidery is repeated from the top onto the shorts is a nice touch, very fresh and cheery little outfit all told, white cotton and denim complement each other well, and the flowered sash and the pink ribbon neckline demonstrate yet again how small details can be so effective.

Katy in a satin blue party dress

Aha, that’s how Bree ended up in the shorts set, Katy changed into this gorgeous full length blue satin party dress, I love the lace and ribbon detail on this, she’s truly the belle of the ball.

Katy and Alice in their posh frocks

Actually, both Katy and Alice are the belles of the ball, beautiful colours and fabric choice on these gowns.

As should be obvious by now, all outfits are by The Dolls House, as are Bree’s white shoes with the pink bow detail.

Grace’s gold sandals are from the Argos Design a Friend range.


Another AG Mini..

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Portrait of AG Mini doll Julie

Yes, yes, I know, another one of these delightful little dolls added to my collection. They’re just the perfect wee treat after a long week so I ordered Julie from amazon and she’s been watching over me from my bedside table since.

Full review of the boxing, book etc of these dolls is to be found in the original post about American Girl mini dolls, with Marie Grace and photos of her friend Cecily are in this post.

So, Julie.

Julie is a 20th century doll, she hails from the 1970s and is dressed appropriately for 1974, in a crinkle-gauze peasant blouse over a multicolored turtleneck, worn over “groovy” two tone bell bottem jeans with a braided belt, and platform sandals. Yes, the AG site says “groovy”, though I was never a fan of bell bottoms then and now, but she does look pretty cool. Her hair is gorgeously shiny, long flowing blonde hair with a long braid. As with the other dolls in the series she’s a perfect mini replica of her larger counterpart.

AG mini Julie posing

Her story sets her in 1970s San Francisco, and must have proved a good source of inspiration because as well as the mini story book that accompanies all mini AG dolls, the company has a series of six books featuring Julie and her friend Ivy. Its a bit disturbing to think of a doll from the 1970s as “historical” (I was born in 1972) but great to see how varied the American Girl range can be, and I’m very pleased with my mini version.

Helene rather likes her also:

Helene with AG Mini Julie

AG Minis – More-ish

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I defnitely have the soul of a collector, or maybe I’m just a sucker for a small but perfectly-formed object, but having reviewed the rather lovely American Girl mini doll Marie-Grace last month I was tempted by another in the range (having an Amazon voucher was an extra spur…).

Portrait of AG mini Cecile

This is Cecile, who is actually Marie-Grace’s friend in the AG books as they meet and become friends in 1850s New Orleans. As with her friend, Cecile’s outfit is historically correct, consisting of a teal satin dress with puffed sleeves, black velveteen accents, and rosette adornments (per the AG website), along with the same white cotton pantaloons and white stockings. She has black boots with gold button detail. Her dark skin and brown eyes are complemented by long black ringlets held back by ribbons.

AG mini Cecile posing

For a full overview of the other details (box, book, body etc) see the detailed review of Marie-Grace.

Both dolls are so beautifilly designed and concieved, even at this small size, that they both make me smile. Ariane nabbed Marie-Grace as her plaything, but so far I’ve managed to keep Cecile all to myself! I love the shade and style of her dress, need to find the full-size dress for my large dolls to wear, methinks.

At the current price point (around £14 on Amazon) the AG minis are a nice treat without breaking the bank and I already have my eyes on some of the others in the range. For now, Marie-Grace and Cecile complement each other well and are pretty little morsels to brighten the place. And like the best things in life (chocolate, shiny things etc) they are most definitely more-ish.

AG mini Cecile in b&w

A Doll for a Doll – AG Mini Marie-Grace

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Portrait of Marie-Grace

Following on from the sneak peek previously, introducing American Girl mini doll, Marie-Grace! A doll-sized doll for dolls to play with (or real folks to collect), the frst AG mini dolls appeared in the US in 1995. At just 6″ tall they are pint-sized versions of their larger AG counterparts, and have the same outfits, faces, hair etc, except in miniature. Each doll also comes with a mini version of the “meet” book that the full-sized AG dolls have.

I’m not sure how long these mini dolls have been available in the UK, given the fact that the full-sized American Girl dolls were rare as hens teeth until recently, but I spotted the minis on other doll blogs and then found several of the current range being sold at Amazon UK, and couldn’t resist.

Like their big sisters, each doll comes in a standard cardboard box, with information about the specific doll on the reverse (on a separate piece of printed paper which is tucked in securely), and you can see the doll’s face through the wee window at the top:

Mini Marie-Grace Blurb

Mini Marie-Grace boxed

Mini Marie-Grace Revealed

Marie-Grace is very nicely made, with jointed vinyl arms and legs on a cloth body, and a vinyl head which rotates at the neck. Given the size of the doll, the level of detail is rather less than the larger counterpart, and her eyes are painted but the quality is nonetheless high. She is very poseable, and the cloth body is firm enough that she will sit up straight. I especially love the hair on this doll, which is silky and fine, and consists of long dark blonde hair pulled back into two plaits on the crown of her head, held with pink ribbons, and the sweetest little curls on either side of her face.

Mini Marie-Grace in b&w

Her outfit mimics the larger doll, consisting of a long pink dress in a plaid fabric with puff sleeves and bodice detail, white and black leather-look boots and even white cotton drawers/bloomers (the AG site describes them as pantalettes..). The dress is fastened with velcro, as are the boots, and the underwear is elasticated. She also wears long socks under the boots. The outfit is modelled on women’s fashion from the Victorian era – Marie-Grace is one of the AG historical dolls and her story describes her life in New Orleans in 1853, so presumably this was standard attire for young ladies in that time and place. Unlike the large dolls, there are no outfits to buy seperately for the AG minis, though of course clothes can be shared between dolls if you own more than one, and I believe some Etsy sellers and the like have outfits available, though I’ve not explored this.

Mini Marie-Grace Posing

The mini-book that comes with the mini-doll is an exact copy of the hardback that accompanies the larger doll. It’s also hardback, with a bright paper dustjacket and the full story inside. Its just about readable if you peer closely, perhaps easier for a child to read more comfortably, but I was charmed by this doll-sized tome:

Mini Marie-Grace's "meet" book

Inside mini Marie-Grace's "meet" book

I titled this post “a doll for a doll” and Marie-Grace truly is that. The American Girl dolls are designed very  much with the idea that they will be a small companion for children and can wear the same outfits, and I’m sure mini Marie-Grace looks perfect with big Marie-Grace. For me, though, Ariane seemed the ideal choice to play with the doll, given the similarity in hair colour and style, and I love the fact the book is just the right size for an 18″ tall doll to hold, and “read” aloud:

Ariana & Marie-Grace Reading

I must say the two dolls together is one of the cutest things I’ve seen in a long time, and I’m really impressed with the whole AG mini concept and execution, I think I’ll be tempted to add one or two of the other dolls to my collection at some point, though close viewing of online images suggests not all the dolls work quite as well at this small size, but then again I don’t find many of the American Girl dolls attractive, compared to my existing dolls, which could be a factor. Mini Marie-Grace is small and perfectly-formed however and keeping me, and the dolls, very happy indeed.

Ariane & Marie-Grace