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My Bo Bergemann dolls

My Bo Bergemann dolls
26 July, 2013
Ambriel

Here is my family of Bo Bergemann’s dolls together. While I have been on holiday, Pippa has got a new face which I will show after I am back. Three Ambriels (left to right): Ambriel (Brown Sugar resin), Leda (Shimmer resin), Rebecca (Pink Sugar resin). Ambriels and Pippa – because …read the rest

Anika packing for holidays

Anika packing for holidays
24 June, 2013
Anne

In just a few days Anika will be zooming off to England and Russia for a very long summer holiday! And she has started panicking packing… She gathered all the clothes she wanted to take with her on the floor and stared at the pile in shock… ‘Oh my, I …read the rest

Lavender dress for Anika

Lavender dress for Anika
21 June, 2013
Anne

My Anika is preparing to go on a 2-month long holiday to Europe and since I already had this hat which I had sewn for my Ellowyne doll Violetta, and because it is reversible, I decided to make a matching dress for Anika. She looked so cute in this huge …read the rest

Jane Eyre project. Dress for Jane. Skirt

Jane Eyre project. Dress for Jane. Skirt
19 June, 2013
1830s

So, I am making the first dress for Jane – the black woolen one with an embroidered collar. Here is another dress that Jane wore in the film. It is identical to the black one, but one can see the details better, so here it is, too (for reference). I …read the rest

Knitted top for Kaye Wiggs MSD dolls

Knitted top for Kaye Wiggs MSD dolls
13 June, 2013
16-inch Kish doll

Finally I have got around to putting down the instructions for making this simple knitted top for Kaye Wiggs BJD dolls like Layla, Hope, Nyssa, and other dolls with a similar body. The top also fits Iplehouse JID dolls and 16-inch Helen Kish dolls. For this top I used a …read the rest

Rebecca and Isabel

Rebecca and Isabel
12 June, 2013
Ambriel

As I said before I have always liked Autumn Ambriel by Bo Bergemann. Since I decided at a time not to buy her and still regretting it, I thought that getting a doll on a different body with a similar face-up would be a nice solution. So, I ordered Bree …read the rest

Jane

Jane
7 June, 2013
1830s

A couple of Jane’s portraits…

Rochester

Rochester
5 June, 2013
1830s

Some new portraits of my gorgeous Rochester…

Jane Eyre project. Jane’s petticoats

Jane Eyre project. Jane’s petticoats
2 June, 2013
1830s

Well, we all know why these petticoats were needed, and one of the reasons was, of course, to hold the shape of the actual dress. The petticoats were made of cotton, linen, sometimes even flannel and were, of course, starched. During the course of the 19th century the shape and …read the rest

Beatrice

Beatrice
30 May, 2013
Ariadne's face-up

My beautiful Beatrice (Iplehouse Isar) has finally got the right glass eyes (10 mm by Kemper dolls). So here she is as I wished her to be! Face-up is by my friend Ariadne.

Rainbow dress

Rainbow dress
25 May, 2013
Addie

This is a little rainbow dress that I crocheted for my Adele (Addie by Bo Bergemann) before Christmas. I promised to show it again properly, and here it is! I used cotton thread #20 in 7 rainbow colours and a crochet hook 0.75mm. The dress closes at back with 4 …read the rest

Jane Eyre’s corset

Jane Eyre’s corset
17 May, 2013
1830s

Finally, the corset is ready and Jane can start getting dressed! The corset can only be put on from the top. Ladies tied the corset up by pulling the strings. Done! Many more photographs of the process of putting the corset on is in the gallery below:

Anika’s new face

Anika’s new face
14 May, 2013
Anne

When I recently went for a short family break to Bintan in Indonesia, I took my little Anika with me. She was a perfect model, and I managed to take quite a lot of photos of her (which I will show eventually). But in the end she fell face down …read the rest

Jane Eyre project. Chemise for Jane

Jane Eyre project. Chemise for Jane
6 May, 2013
1830s

Chemise was an important female undergarment for many centuries and continued to be so in the 19th century. The basics of a chemise is very simple: it is cut out of the squares, similar to a male shirt. There were a few different styles of chemises in the first half …read the rest

Etheldreda’s new face

Etheldreda’s new face
25 April, 2013
Ariadne's face-up

My Etheldreda has recently got a new face-up by my friend Ariadne. There were 3 reasons for making a (partially) new face-up. Firstly, we decided to make the eyebrows darker, secondly, we wanted to change the eyelashes, and, thirdly, I had managed to scratch the forehead with a hairbrush, so …read the rest

Rochester and Jane

Rochester and Jane
18 April, 2013
Arvid

And at last Edward Rochester and Jane Eyre have come together! Don’t you think they look happy together? Some more photos in the gallery below:

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre
17 April, 2013
BJD dolls

Continuing with the new faceups by Cristy Stone, it’s time for Jane Eyre! She was based on Jane Eyre as played by Zelah Clark in Jane Eyre 1983. The doll is Emilia by Iplehouse. Cristy removed the pointed tip of her nose as I thought it would look better (and …read the rest

Two faces of Mr Rochester

Two faces of Mr Rochester
16 April, 2013
Arvid

Yesterday I received the heads of my Rochester and Jane from a faceup. Now I can say that the artist who kindly agreed to fulfill my dream is very well known Cristy Stone. It is just amazing how she sensed my inner image of them! I could not be happier …read the rest

Cable dress for Beatrice

Cable dress for Beatrice
14 March, 2013
BJD doll

I knitted this dress while I was waiting for my Beatrice (Isar). I tried it on my Etheldreda but she has a smaller chest, so I was a bit uncertain. Anyway, the dress fits quite well, I think! I used Fingering yarn Palette from Knitpicks.com, colour Serrano and knitting needles #1 (2.25mm) …read the rest

Isar by Iplehouse

Isar by Iplehouse
15 February, 2013
Ariadne's face-up

Introducing my new beauty and the doll I had been dreaming of for a very long time. She was an Iplehouse special edition and, of course, I missed it (I wasn’t very much into BJDs then). Then suddenly, Iplehouse released her as a basic doll during their Christmas event in …read the rest

Fredericka in a new wig

Fredericka in a new wig
6 February, 2013
BJD doll

My Fredericka (Sophia by Bo Bergemann) has tried a new wig on, too! She is so different in it! And I am not sure which wig I prefer on her – the red one or this one?

My family of Bo Bergemann dolls

My family of Bo Bergemann dolls
3 February, 2013
Addie

Finally, when my Isabel (Bree) got her dress, all six of my dolls by Bo Bergemann were ready to pose together for a family photograph. So, here they are! Front row: Adele (Addie), second row (left to right): Isabel (Bree) and Fredericka (Sophia), third row (left to right): Philippa (Pippa), …read the rest

Bree by Bo Bergemann

Bree by Bo Bergemann
1 February, 2013
BJD doll

I received this doll from Bo Bergemann a few months ago, but other matters / dolls / projects occupied my mind and time, so I couldn’t get around to completing her look with a perfect wig and a dress. But I have finally done it. So, let me introduce her. …read the rest

Nutcracker dress

Nutcracker dress
2 January, 2013
19th century

This dress is supposed to be for Marie (in some versions, Klara) from the Nutcracker story. I have taken quite a number of girls’ dresses from the end of the 19th century as an example and have come up with a stylized simplified version of them. The dress is made of …read the rest

Adele’s Christmas

Adele’s Christmas
25 December, 2012
Addie

Just before Christmas I finished crocheting a little rainbow dress for my Adele (Addie by Bo Bergemann). I will show the dress in details later. Today Adele is celebrating her first Christmas! Happy Christmas everyone!!

Etheldreda

Etheldreda
12 October, 2012
Ariadne's face-up

I have been looking at Iplehouse dolls for almost a year. They are truly lovely and very realistic (never mind that their stringing is not perfect – the bodies are beautiful, truly beautiful!). Out of all Iplehouse dolls I preferred J.I.D. dolls which are 45 cm tall. And, particularly, liked Tania… Though …read the rest

Sophia by Bo Bergemann

Sophia by Bo Bergemann
11 October, 2012
BJD doll

In June Bo Bergemann opened a pre-order for 5 new girls on a new body. I ordered two of them. Both arrived to me in September and are lovely. Here is the first of them – Sophia. She is exactly as I wanted her to be! Bo even managed to …read the rest

Leda in Russia

Leda in Russia
30 September, 2012
Ambriel

And final photographs of Leda on her summer holiday in Russia…

Leda loves reading books

Leda loves reading books
28 September, 2012
Ambriel

My Leda is very fond of reading, as it turned out! She uses every free minute she has to sit down with a book!

Tunic for Leda

Tunic for Leda
26 September, 2012
Ambriel

And yet another new outfit for my gorgeous Leda!! This time it is a tunic which I knitted from Bamboo cotton thread #10 using 1 mm knitting needles (US size #00000). The tunic closes at back with a zip. I got an inspiration for it from a tunic my friend …read the rest

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