When Mattel came out with the new Tall, Petite and Curvy dolls, I passed because I am officially addicted to articulation. I didn't have to worry too much about Tall ladies because the Integrity ladies and gentlemen are tall. For the petite ladies, I could have tried Liv Doll bodies if I really needed to have them. But there was no curvy articulated option that I was aware of, so I would have to wait and hope. But hoping didn't have to last too long.
Mattel introduced the Harlem Theatre doll, Madam Lavinia, who is an articulated curvy doll. She is Black Label, which normally means I would place her in the display case. But my display dolls are meant to hold their poses, my articulated dolls are meant for play. How could I display a doll I could actually play with, re-dress and pose? However, I do like how she came and was torn about displaying, so I may add her to my Christmas list just to get her to display. That means I can change lip color and hair on the one that just arrived.
I am a member of the Barbie Fan Club, so the moment the third quarter coupon of $20 was available, I placed my order. She arrived today and I wasted no time in de-boxing her or re-dressing her for that matter. So here she is, our newest resident...
Just the box.
In her box - looking all regal and stuff.
I was not very happy as I took down her dress. A few areas of her body had double sided tape to hold items in place.
Here - ouch!!
The back of the legs.
The front of the legs.
At first I was aggravated because I thought it was glue and I would have to use soapy water (Goo Gone would be my last resort), but it was pretty easy to peel off without an issue or leaving marks.
Then it was re-dressing time. Since she's the first of her kind in the house, I knew most of the clothes wouldn't fit, but I was hoping shoes would. She doesn't have the smaller feet, however, I do have some shoe options.
The white shoe I purchased for the FR girls from The Vogue HK (have I ever mentioned I love everything they sell for the ladies and gentlemen?). These shoes are the better option, so I may have to add several to my Christmas list this year. I may as well. For the best fit, I will need to use removable glue dots to hold the heel to the shoe.
Now on to the clothes. I knew most 'Barbie' off the rack items wouldn't fit, so I opted to try mostly items I had made. This is helpful as I can easily see how I can adjust the pattern I have to fit her. Which is great because while I'm trying my hand at it, I'm still not that good at making my own patterns, I think I can adjust an existing pattern until I get the hang of making my own. I enjoy the techniques April uses on her site - Fashion Doll Stylist. Even if you don't intend to make your own clothes, you should still check out the items she makes for her dolls. Awesome!
Anyway on to the fitting photos...
Then I thought I'd show a little bit of her motion/ability to pose.
Her arms can go behind her back.
If she spreads her legs further, she can sit up straighter.
With her shoulder turned to it's normal position, she can hold her arm pretty much straight at shoulder height.
I'm happy I invited her to live here. I'm sure she'll enjoy a major role here with the other residents because she is so special. For some reason, I'm excited about working on some clothes for her, mostly because I think it will challenge me to figure out more pattern making and adjusting.
I hope there will be more like her, maybe even some in 'Made to Move' version. I'd buy them.
May the joy of collecting dolls be with you! ~ Jaye