It's been a busy, crazy week at that library. Coworker B has been gone all week on a well-deserved vacation, and Coworker A and I have been hopping. I've dealt with a persnickety fax machine, multiple large families with piles of books, several broods of unruly children, and the irate mother of one of the aforementioned broods. God forbid that I ever tell her hyperactive little spawn to stop yelling! Other than that it's been reasonably organized, but I still am ecstatic that it's time for the weekend.
What better way to unwind than with a post about doll clothes? If it's one thing I've learned from being an adult doll collector, it's the importance of clothes. Some dolls are easy to dress and some are not, so if one is going to be a serious collector one should find multiple sources of clothing for any dolls with unusual bodies. There's absolutely no guarantee that the holding company will create a large wardrobe for their products, and if the doll in question has a very specialized body shape clothes can be a problem. So it is for Monster High dolls. Mattel did create a wide wardrobe for these dolls originally, but clothes for the freaky-fabulous crew appear to be...well, NOT a priority for Mattel. Luckily, Monster High's popularity has meant an explosion of handmade items on Etsy, and that's what I've got for y'all today. Our models are 13 Wishes Lagoona Blue, and the mummy and gorgon girls from a Create-a-Monster pack. We'll call them "Wadjet" and "Kali" so they won't have to go by silly names like "mummy." I think Kali is feeling less than fierce today, LOL!
Dollheimr. Dollheimr offers things for Pullips and ball-jointed dolls in addition to Monster High threads, but for now all I've got from there is this dress.
The skirt is quite short, falling to upper hip length on Lagoona.
Before moving on I want to talk briefly about color. Monster High dolls come in just about every color imaginable, so some colors look better on certain dolls. Dollheimr modeled this yellow dress on Jane Boolittle, who is purple, and the yellow looked striking on her. In addition to purple, dolls of gray, green, blue, white, silver, and brown can wear this without many problems. Catty Noir and Wynona Spyder (both black) would look good too, though they might look a little like bumblebees. I'd stay away from pink and orange because they look too garish with this dress, and yellow and gold are too monochromatic.
Lagoona's leggings, Wadjet's dress and skirt, and Kali's bodysuit came in a set from a second shop called HauntCoutureAtelier. This shop specializes in Monster High and other small fashion dolls, and it offers little dresses like the one Wadjet is wearing, but in a wide array of colors and themes. Also available are five-piece sets in various colors like silver or gold or blue, and since green is my favorite color I chose that set. The blue set is very nice too though, in a lovely metallic royal blue fabric. With prices being what they are one can afford to go a little nuts at this shop, but I promised Mama I wouldn't buy any more crap this month so I'm just going to show off what I've got. Since Lagoona is already partially disrobed let's take a look at those leggings.
That takes care of Lagoona, so now I turn to Wadjet. She wears two pieces of the green set, a minidress and a skirt.
I do have one minor complaint about this bodysuit...well okay, two. The first one is fixable: I think it needs a belt or something like that to break up the monotony. I'll have to dig around in my doll stuff and see what I can find, something brown or gold or lighter green, maybe. The second gripe is not as easily fixed; the top likes to slip off of Kali's bust, leaving her...exposed, shall we say.
Overall this is a nice set of clothing, but I do recommend some care when handling this pleather-like material. If rubbed or touched or manipulated too much it might fade, scratch, or tear. I also recommend patience when dressing the dolls; the fabric stretches a decent amount, but it's still sewn tightly enough to make it tricky to maneuver over a doll's feet and hips. And lastly, there's those cuffs. Treat those with respect, and maybe with some Fabri-Tac or something to keep them from fraying. Otherwise these colored sets are great! If you get more than one set it's even possible to mix and match! If HauntCoutureAtelier has caught your eye, I can pass on yet another piece of positivity. If there's something at that store and you really like it, but it suddenly sells out, don't panic. The shop apparently believes in making duplicates of sets and outfits; indeed, my green set is...oh, I think it sold out three times and came back up for sale again before I finally bought one, and there's another green set available for sale now.