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
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.
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!
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!
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 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.
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!
I recently purchased Trendsetter Sindy via eBay and was delighted that she was in great condition, especially considering she came into being in 1985. At the time of purchase the only clue to her age or type was that she came with her original dress.
I’m really a complete newbie with all things Sindy as I only have vague memories of playing with one and that was likely in the 1960s. My re-introduction to Sindy was by pure chance – I found her when researching for my post about articulated dolls.
Within a week of discovering the new Sindy I had purchased City Chic. At that stage, having decided that City Chic was too precious to manhandle on a regular basis, I went about looking for a used Sindy for a reasonable price. At that point, a used vintage Sindy was fetching prices roughly matching the new Sindy so I considered myself fortunate to obtain one for under £25 (so far being the maximum I’ve been prepared to pay for any articulated doll).
But if you’re contemplating buying a Sindy to add to your doll collection then beware, it becomes totally addictive! It doesn’t stop with one purchase. My logic was that I needed a used Sindy to manhandle for pattern creation. It then progressed to buying Sindy furniture and accessories, because they were the same scale as my Kruselings and were ideal as props for my photo shoots. This was what I told myself.
There are hoards of women reliving their childhood, buying now what was not affordable back in their youth and to be honest, I’m now one of them. Good grief, I have a Sindy bath, Sindy kitchen, Sindy wardrobe, dressing table and stool, Sindy patio set, Sindy conservatory set and a Sindy scooter. I’ve also bought a second scooter so that my Kruselings can have one too and I’m bidding on a third as I write this! Where will it stop!
I’m also a fan of the Facebook group Vintage Sindy Collectors that has over 3000 members. Everyone who engages is helpful, fab, fun and friendly.
Although my Trendsetter Sindy is in great condition, I gave her hair and eyelashes some attention. After a good bathing all over, her hair was washed in soft shampoo and rinsed well. It was combed out when wet and I trimmed off the frizzy ends, a few strands at a time. I used small quilter’s clips to hold each section in place as I worked through all the hair.
A centre parting was created by thatching it – dividing each hair plug in two and criss-crossing the halves over each side. Keeping the hair wet was the key to doing this and again I used the small clips to hold the hair either side of the parting. This also had the benefit of pulling the hair down to stay in place until dry. OK so it’s not the original hair style but I’m happy with it for now and until I get around to doing a re-root.
With Trendsetter Sindy’s eyelashes, one side was in place but the other side seemed to have shrunk. On closer investigation, I was able to pinch her head just so the eyes popped forward, enough to reveal that the eyelashes were still there, only they required easing out. For this I took off her head and used tweezers to gently pull out the lashes as I pushed with my finger from the inside, taking care not to dislodge them completely.
I’ve already purchased some doll hair with the aim of re-rooting the head using the knot method but I’m still plucking up the courage to actually start.
Which brought about the reason for buying another Sindy. I didn’t want to ruin my Trendsetter Sindy with a first attempt at re-rooting hair. So along came my short-haired Sindy (alas, one of her eyes is totally without lashes so I’m planning to re-root these once I’ve discovered how to do it, so if anyone knows how best to do this then please do let me know).
My dilemma is that these two Sindy’s have quickly developed their own personality (of course this is all in my head…..) so which one should have the aqua/peach and which one the burgundy/lavender hair? Trendsetter is so laid back and Short-Hair has lain in the bath since she arrived here. City Chic is the one who keeps everyone on their toes and her and Vera Kruseling have bonded. Whereas Joy and Luna Kruseling have taken to Trendsetter. That leaves Sofia and Chloe Kruseling to hook up with Short-Hair, when she finally gets out the bath.
Amid all of this I’ve been focussing on Sindy pattern creation. So far I’ve managed to complete some items to form a Sindy range of outfits but of course it would be a much faster process if I didn’t get distracted by all things Sindy. But then where would the fun be?
So far for Sindy I have Flared Trousers, Flared Long Sleeve Top, Short Coat with Collar, Short Jacket with Collar, Halter-neck Flared Culottes and Dressing Gown. In the pipeline is a short skirt, maxi dress and hooded jacket. Once they’re all sorted I shall decide on fabrics, colours and trims. Then I want to create some accessories. Oh my, the realisation has just hit me….I’m going to be busy…..but then it’s enjoyable busy!
Here’s a peek at what I term my sample stage. It’s where I believe I have got the style and fit I’ve been aiming for, and where I’ve worked out the best approach to construction. I can honestly say that sewing things this small is fiddly, but very satisfying when it finally comes together as intended.
This week is where my new Sindy met my vintage Sindy as I needed to compare models for the outfits I’ve been working on. As I only have one sample of the short-jacket-with-collar and the halter-neck-flared-culottes, a bit of image jiggery pokery was called for to place 2020 City Chic Sindy alongside 1985 Trendsetter Sindy (apologies for any degrade in image quality). Here’s a 1 minute video showing the two of them wearing the culottes and jacket:-
Trendsetter Sindy is slightly more buxom, whereas City Chic Sindy has slightly longer arms. (I had modelled the short jacket on City Chic but realised I should check it out on Trendsetter to be sure it fitted).
Well, as I’ve been writing this, Shopping Look Sindy and Dream Date Sindy have been delivered, so I’ll leave it there for now to go and attend to them, but don’t say I didn’t warn you, Sindy is totally addictive!
I went ahead and bought City Chic Sindy, as a birthday present for myself. In my last post I wrote about how I discovered the newest range of Sindy, and although I loved all of them I wasn’t sure if I’d actually buy one. Well it didn’t take me long to decide, less than a week in fact, and I’m not at all disappointed.
City Chic Sindy is fabulous and as someone who makes small dolls’ clothes, I am very pleased with the attention given to the actual finish of her garments. Gosh, I would love the chance to visit the factory where they make these Sindy clothes!
I’ve not done much with my City Chic Sindy yet apart from taking her out of the box and checking out all the items that she came with. But it did give me a reason to practise more with making short videos and Sindy was a natural!
I love everything about her and I’m pleased I chose this particular Sindy doll.
She comes with sunglasses, handbag, shopping bag, and magazine.
Her outfit consists of cape, blouse, leggings and ankle boots (which I love).
She’s wearing earrings (that dangle) and a bracelet.
She is easily pose-able, her legs move very smoothly from the hips, as do her elbows and wrists. Her arms are firmer at the shoulder but still have a smooth action.
I’ve not yet taken off the protective plastic headband as I’ll wait until I have the time to properly enjoy her, and so she’s back in her box for now. Meanwhile I’m thinking about the outfits I shall make for this doll and I especially like the original, vintage Sindy styles. I’m sure that will keep me occupied for quite a while!
My Little Miss Dressy raincoat fits her, so that’s a bonus.
Researching online for small articulated dolls sent me down a rabbit hole. I got totally lost and absorbed in vintage Sindy. So much so, that I spent hours on several websites, reading everything there is to know about Sindy.
Fast forward to now and I’m wanting to buy the newest Sindy, a fully articulated version, totally geared for the adult collector. Only I’m not a collector in the true sense; I simply love dolls of a certain type. They must be easily stored, poseable and realistic. Realistic in the sense that they are able to be handled, dressed, undressed and pose-able for regular adventures. I like a doll to be small enough to come on holiday with me without it taking up most of my carry bag.
I’m not sure if I’d want to do that with the latest Sindy though. Priced at £79.99, she’s too immaculate, smartly dressed and preened with a bit too much make-up, for travelling economy class. So, I took a step back and reminded myself of what I want in a doll, if I intend to buy one. It must be a small articulated doll under £25.
I shall carry on searching for my vintage Sindy before I decide if I’ll buy the new 2020 articulated one. But thanks to Amanda’s post with lots of useful links, including Vintage Sindy, with great delight I’ve found and have started following @sindyobsessed, @sewsindy, @jollydolly and @sindycollectorsclub on Instagram. Anyone care to join me!
With the price of ball-jointed dolls these days, Kruselings offer very good value for less than £25. Although not true BJD, they are adequately articulated for realistic posing. They also fit well with economy-style travel, having been tested with my grandchildren of primary-school-age, albeit with my supervision.
If there is a downside to choose buying a Kruseling, it’s the lack of finding UK sellers of Kruseling dolls. Maybe it’s due to the dolls being readily available on Amazon. My latest purchase was Luna Kruseling (pictured below).
I purchased Luna via Amazon and was disappointed with the quality. Everything was perfectly good, apart from one of her legs. It looks like she has two right legs (knee to ankle, photo below). There is a distinct shape to left and right legs of Kruselings and I compared her to the others I have. They are OK but Luna’s left knee definitely points sideways, making that leg slightly longer than the right one.
I’m in two minds to contact Kathe Kruse in Germany to make them aware of this quality flaw but as I purchased from Amazon, I suppose that I should really complain to them. Meanwhile I don’t mind having a 2-right-legged Luna as these days I’m trying very hard to reel in my OCD of perfection!
If you’re looking to buy a Kruseling doll, I found three UK online sellers today with stock of Kruselings. Here they are:
NonsuchShop, with a bricks-and-mortar-shop in Devon and an online shop.
EvesToyShop, with a bricks-and-mortar-shop in West Wales and an online shop, and voted best independent toy shop in the UK for 2017/18.
Back to the subject of reasonably priced, small articulated dolls. I’ve yet to check out the complete range of Made To Move Barbies. Although I’ve never been a big fan of Barbie dolls, these ones have definitely caught my eye. There are some great Instagram images showing the doll’s pose-ability and I especially like #barbiemadetomovecurvy and #barbiemadetomoveyoga. There’s certainly a wide range to choose from.
It was this ‘scene setting’ interest of mine that led me to vintage Sindy and where this story started. It’s hard to find interesting 1/6th scale accessories at a good price and Sindy popped up on my eBay search. There she was in all her glory, surrounded by her ‘scene setting’ accessories.
Kruselings are 1/6th scale so I’m hoping that Sindy accessories will fill the gap (I currently have my eye on her yellow scooter). When I finally get to buy at a reasonable price then I shall let you know.