Sindy doll eyelashes
Adding Eyelashes to Sindy Dolls

As lovely as the Sindy Play dolls are, they don’t have the eyelashes of the 2020 Collector’s version or vintage Sindy. They have a slightly startled look and I was keen to give them lashes as soon as I had bought them. I didn’t fancy removing their heads to do rooted eyelashes and so I decided to glue them on instead. This post shows the before, middle and after photos for the lashes I added to five of the six Sindy Play dolls. It’s an experiment, and my initial reaction was that the lashes turned out very spidery, therefore I did add another layer afterwards and then trimmed them down. Having tried the glue method on the Sindy Play dolls I then gave three of my vintage Sindys some new lashes too.

Supplies Used for Adding Eyelashes to Sindy Play Dolls – reverse tweezers, sharp embroidery scissors, doll eyelashes, craft glue, ruler

I purchased the doll lashes and crafting glue from KinsWonders Etsy shop.

The glue comes in a small 15ml tube and is priced at £2.50. The very fine applicator tip makes it easy to apply and the cap has a needle that fits into the tip which is useful to keep it clear.

The doll eyelashes come in 20cm strips and are priced at £2.63. I cut a 1cm length for each eye and trimmed them after the glue had dried. I was able to lightly scratch off the excess glue where it showed.

I applied the lashes with reverse-tweezers and trimmed them using sharp embroidery scissors.

One layer gives a spidery look so I repeated the process to add another layer. Using the eyebrows as a cutting guide, I snipped small sections at a time, cutting the inner corner of the eyes slightly shorter than the rest.

Three of my vintage Sindy’s, whose eyelashes were very sparse, got some glued ones too.

Sindy doll wearing a coat
Make a Coat for a Small Doll like Sindy, Barbie or Kruselings

If you’ve ever tried to make a coat for a small doll like Sindy, Barbie or Kruselings then you will know that it can be very fiddly, especially when inserting the sleeves. Trying to fit the rounded top and curved underarm of that sleeve into those tiny armholes can seem abnormal. Then of course there’s the easing of the top of the sleeve so that it fits neatly. That’s the part I absolutely dread. Also there’s the collar and trying to make it sit level but given the option between the two, I’d choose the collar over the sleeves any day. However, there is another way for a beginner sewist to make a small doll’s coat without giving up over the sleeves, or the collar but more about that below………

When I stumbled across an old, vintage sewing pattern that was without any instructions it gave me an idea of how a beginner sewist could make their own Sindy or Barbie a coat with relative ease. Having made adaptations and sewn several of these coats now I’ve developed my own method of construction so that it can be made in less time and with less chance of error. For me it really has been a journey of practise makes perfect!

make a coat for a small doll

The coats I’ve made with this sewing pattern are listed for sale in my Etsy shop. They’ve proven popular and have had lovely reviews (click on the shop link to view them). The template is so versatile. It can be shortened into a jacket or have patch pockets added. It suits different types of fabric and I’ve made it with wovens, knits and fleece. One thing to bear in mind though when thinking about fabric for a small doll’s coat is that it cannot be too thick. There just isn’t the wiggle room for those small hands if the coat has thick cuffs, and a bulky neckline does not help the coat sit right on the shoulders.

But I’d encourage any Sindy or Barbie doll lover who can use a sewing machine (or confidently hand-sew) to try and make their own doll’s coat. If you can sew in a straight line then you can follow this pattern. If you use my pattern template and follow each step of my instructions then I’m sure you will succeed, even if a little practise is required.

This sewing pattern I’ve developed will soon be available for purchase as a PDF download from my Etsy shop LittleMissDressyUK and it’s also my intention to provide the option of a hard copy for those without access to a printer. If you do purchase the pattern and have a go then please send me a photo!

This is the coat you can make from my sewing pattern

Sewing Pattern Details – Make a Coat for a Small Doll

  • The sewing pattern is sized to fit small dolls like Sindy, Barbie and Kruselings.
  • Instructions are written in English in a step-by-step method with colour images provided for each step.
  • The sewing pattern comprises 24 pages in total detailing 40 steps and the pattern template is on the last page.
  • The coat’s style is a raglan sleeve with edge-to-edge front opening. It is unlined and the neckline is finished with bias-binding.
  • The doll’s coat can be made from an A4-size piece of fabric. The neckline needs a five-inch piece of bias-binding, 18mm wide. Also needed are a needle, pins, matching thread, marker pen and sharp scissors.
  • There are three pattern pieces; a body section and two sleeves.
  • The pattern has a ¼ inch seam allowance for the arms. The hem and front edges have 1/3rd inch allowance for turning under.
  • The written instructions assume a sewist has knowledge of using a sewing machine. Some hand-sewing is required for piece placement and for hand-finishing the neck.
  • The coat can be made in a half-day with a sewing machine but it could be wholly hand-sewn, although this would be more time-consuming.
  • Suitable fabrics for beginners to use are those that don’t fray, such as the medium-weight fleece shown in the sewing pattern instructions. Stable knits and wovens are ideal for more confident sewists.
  • The use of an overlock machine is optional, not a necessity.
  • Sewists are advised to read through the entire instructions before cutting and making the coat.
  • The sewing pattern is for personal use only and is the copyright of Little Miss Dressy with all rights reserved.
Fashion Blogger Sindy Doll
Fashion Blogger Sindy – 2021 Play Range

Fashion Blogger Sindy is one of the new Sindy dolls that arrived on sale in Argos this week. These are the children’s dolls developed by Kid Kreations, under license from Pedigree. Sindy collectors worldwide have been excited and the initial supply of the Sindy Play Range in certain areas of the UK sold out quickly.

There are six dolls within the Sindy play range and this this post is about Fashion Blogger Sindy, who retails at £20. I myself purchased all six as they became available. I gave two to my granddaughters, of which one was Fashion Blogger, and then I repurchased her all for myself because she is my immediate favourite.

If you want to see Fashion Blogger in more detail I recommend watching Frankie Sinclair’s (ShimmyShim) video. At 11 minutes long it shows how this doll compares to 2020 Collector’s and vintage Sindys.

I think the price point of £20 for this doll represents exceptional value and makes an ideal Christmas or birthday present for a child (or adult collector!).  Here are some more photos showing the box, craft cut outs, doll, clothes and the accessories.

It’s great that the box can be used as part of the play with the craft cut outs adding to the enjoyment.

These are her clothes and accessories:-

Fashion Blogger Sindy makes a perfect model for bright colours and here she is wearing her Little Miss Dressy clothes.

More About Sindy Play:-

The official website is Sindy Play . There are downloads available for different backgrounds, props and colouring sheets. You can sign up to their newsletter for all the latest Sindy Play news and updates. There are YouTube videos showcasing each individual doll. You can follow them on Facebook or Instagram.

I’m not a doll collector in the true sense but I do love dolls of a certain type. I like them to be easily stored, poseable and realistic, in the sense they are able to be handled, dressed, undressed, pose-able and small enough to come on holiday with me without taking up most of my carry bag. The new Sindy Play Range certainly fits the category of a small, articulated doll that is reasonably priced, representing good value. Well done Kid Kreations for bringing back Sindy!

Tropical Mermaid Sindy doll
Replacing a Sindy Doll’s Eyelashes

Sindy needed her eyelashes replacing and this post is about my first attempt at rerooting the eyelashes of a Sindy doll. I’ve included some photos at various stages of the process and a short video at the end, to show how I knotted and rooted one eyelash plug. (I haven’t included a clip on making the final trim).

Method

The eyelashes were replaced using same technique as for the hair reroot but with a slight variation to making the knot in the eyelash plug. This time I did count out the single hairs, 6 for each eyelash plug which were then folded in half to double the plug’s thickness and then secured with a knot. (The knot was tied in place with the help of the needle and this is shown in the video).

Tools and Supplies

The exact same tools were used:- a long darning needle, small sharp scissors, needle threader, pliers and a small bowl of water.

A shorter hair weft (15cm long) was used instead of the 39 inch loose hair length. This was a 100cm wide piece, stitched together at one end. The black weft was purchased from KinsWonders via Etsy and cost £4.95 excluding postage. I found this hair weft to have very uneven lengths and so I wouldn’t want to do a short-haired reroot with this. It needed to be soaked wet to thread it all through the needle.

Notes

Some of the doll’s eyelash holes had merged together, maybe from when they were originally inserted at manufacture. In this case I still used the same amount of hairs in each plug but I inserted a second plug right alongside the previous one and maybe even a third. Care is needed when inserting the needle, as I think too much pressure could merge the holes into being one single split. I’m sure if that happened it could be glued from inside but I wouldn’t want to chance it with my limited experience.

Having Sindy’s hair plaited helped keep it out of the way and the elastic band lifting up the lashes sat nicely at the hairline.

I left the lashes like this for about 4 weeks (because I was nervous about cutting them) and I wiped a tiny amount of light glue over them, hoping that this would hold their shape better.

Meanwhile I set Sindy’s hair so that it would be wavy when unplaited, first by plunging it into very hot water for a minute and then into cold water straight after. It was left to dry naturally and unplaited after the eyelashes had been trimmed.

When I finally made the cut on the eyelashes it was with small curved scissors. At first I made them 1 inch long to remove the excess, and then I gently trimmed them to their final size.

The End Result

I would encourage anyone to have a go at replacing their vintage Sindy doll’s eyelashes. The apprehension I felt before has gone now and I’m so pleased to have finished my girl’s transformation. I’ve already got 4 more vintage ladies patiently waiting for their chance to shine brightly.

So here she is, my tropical mermaid Sindy, currently wearing a long dress until I decide what outfit to make her. Her crown was made by Kristina Ridgewell, a Sindy fan like me, and also a member of the Vintage Sindy Collectors Facebook Group.

Rerooting Video (2m 13s)

Here’s my short video showing the technique I used for rerooting Sindy’s eyelashes.

OOAK Sindy doll rerooted hair
Rerooting the Hair of a Sindy Doll

This post details my first attempt at rerooting the hair of a Sindy doll and shows photos at various stages of the process. There is a short video at the end showing a close-up of rooting one length of hair, for which I used the knot method. (I haven’t included details on how to remove a doll’s head).

Having purchased Trendsetter Sindy I was keen to do a reroot on her but first I wanted a practise run. So another Sindy doll was purchased on eBay and apart from her hair, this little lady is in great condition for her age. However, I don’t think her body is the original one for her head but more about that later.

This Sindy was described in the eBay listing as a Diana doll and these were first sold in 1982 by Pedigree as Sunshine Sindy. Inspired by Princess Diana, this Sindy doll came with short, layered hair either blonde or brunette. According to the Petradolls website, Sunshine Sindy had Hong Kong marked on the lower back but this doll’s body doesn’t.

She is marked Sindy 033055X on the back of her head, correctly matching the 1982 Hong Kong short-hair Sindy, but her head wobbles a bit on the body. I checked this Sindy’s neck knob alongside Trendsetter’s and it is distinctly smaller. Also her head fits better on Trendsetter’s body and loses the wobble. So I’m convinced that my Sunshine Sindy’s head and body are not matched. I only mention this because after rerooting her, the weight of the new long hair now drags her head backwards. It probably wouldn’t have been so noticeable if I had kept the new hair short…..but I wanted a mermaid and in my world, mermaids have long hair.

Supplies for Rerooting the Hair of a Sindy Doll

I purchased my hair from The Doll Hair Emporium via Etsy and this particular hair is Solstice Nylon.

Excluding postage, the nylon hair cost me £8.50; I used one 12.5g Standard size pack and one 25g Medium size pack and I did not have any left over. This hair length is 38 inches / 96 cm and comes tied together half-way along the length. So to reroot this Sindy doll, in total I used 37.5g of hair packed in 38 inch lengths.

Once out of the pack, the nylon hair easily becomes flyaway. I kept it wet with a spray bottle to make it stay together. I also cut my 38 inch length in half, thus working with 19 inches to be threaded through the needle. One 19 inch length rooted 2 holes and the finished hair length became approx 9 inches.

The tools I used were a long darning needle, sharp scissors, needle threader, pliers and a small bowl of water.

Preparation

Remove Old Hair

With sharp scissors cut off all the hair back to the scalp and using pliers (working from the inside of the head via the neck), gently pull out the hair plugs.

Prepare New Hair

To do this I separated the strands of new hair with the needle, wetted it all and then tied a double-knot at the centre of its length. I didn’t count the strands but eyeballed the thickness to about 1mm and I prepared about 6 lengths of hair at a time. The knot in this nylon hair did tend to come loose but by wetting each strand in the bowl it made it easier to double-knot.

Method for Rerooting the Hair of a Sindy Doll

Things to Keep in Mind

I started at the back of the head, working around to the front in rows, using an elastic band to keep rooted-hair out of the way. I made many more (evenly placed) holes in the head for adding additional hair strands. This I did by poking the needle through the scalp with the pliers, gently but firmly. However, I kept to the original hairline around the head. I also made a small side parting by ensuring the hole placement was sufficiently aligned for thatching the parting. The long 19 inch strand fills two holes adjacent to each other.

Inserting the Needle into the Doll’s Head

When rooting with the long darning needle, the eye of the needle was pushed into the scalp (using pliers) from the outside, just enough for it to poke through the neck-hole. Keeping the hair-strand wet and stuck together helped ease it through the needle threader.

One end of the 19 inch length was threaded into the needle and pulled through the hole, as far as the knot. The second end of the length was then pulled through an adjacent hole. The double-knot in the centre of the hair-strand has kept the hair in place.

Hair Styling

At this stage I didn’t really have a clue how my Sindy’s hair would be styled. The new, springy nylon hair seemed unruly and so it got tied back with an elastic band. Then I teased out the section for where the parting would be, leaving the rest held by the band.

There are some helpful YouTube videos that show how to thatch a doll’s hair parting. I’ve seen one that splits each strand in half to criss-cross it and another where the adjacent strands are criss-crossed. I chose the latter method. Because I added more holes to where I wanted the parting to be, there were enough of them to alternate the criss-crossing.

My Sunshine Sindy was without eyelashes in one eye and I was unsure how best to replace them. As I knew there would be more poking around inside her head I decided the best interim hair style for her would be plaits. So at the moment Sindy has the dreadlock look. I’m hoping that when her plaits are released she will be graced with wonderful waves.

Rerooting Video (1m 35s)

Here’s my short video showing the technique I used for rerooting Sindy’s hair.

My Sunshine Sindy doll is shown in the images below with her hair in plaits, patiently waiting for her eyelash appointment and part way to being transformed into a tropical mermaid. I eventually managed to pluck up courage to do her eyelashes using this same method and that will be the subject of my next blog post.