dolls – all shapes & sizes

I had something of an excavation in the attic the other day.  I have to explain that when we moved here in 2014, we also brought with us the belongings of our 3 adult children who had all left home by then, but none of whom had a large enough flat/house to take all their “stuff”.  So “stuff” was simply packed in boxes which now take up a corner of the attic, awaiting the day when adult children decide they have room in their own homes.  Anyway, our daughter has asked for a few of her belongings to be sent over . . . hence me opening boxes and sorting what needs to be sent . . . which also meant climbing the extra flight of stairs to the attic, where I rediscovered these!

Corolle dolls

These are 30cm Corolle baby dolls, which date back to 1995.  We bought them for our daughter when she was just a tiny toddler . . . and as you can see from the almost pristine condition, she didn’t play with them much!  However, since I am into playing with dolls myself these days, I’ve brought these two dolls down to my sewing room.  I learned, from DOLLS magazine, that Corolle (a famous French doll manufacturer) is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year!  It therefore seems appropriate to have unpacked my daughter’s Corolle baby dolls and have them on display in my sewing room.

Corolle dolls01

Alongside, three very cute “Jellybean” bunnies (also belonged to my daughter) which I found in with the dolls.  I gave the dolls a clean, clothes & bunnies went in the washing machine, and they make me smile, sitting there on the sofa.

Corolle dolls 02

Here are the two Corolle baby dolls, next to Noah, my Berengeur doll, just to show scale.

Title of this post mentions all shapes & sizes . . .

After playing with the Corolle dolls, I also opened boxes to rediscover my BJD (ball-jointed doll) collection.  That was something which began in 2007 when my daughter (aged 13 at the time) asked for a BJD for her birthday.  I had no idea what they were way back then, so research was necessary.  When I saw what they were, I wanted one too . . . and 2007 saw the beginning of a BJD collection, which sadly, hasn’t been paid much attention in years.

Anyway, for those of you who find dolls spooky . . . don’t scroll down any farther lol.  For those who are curious . . . here are a few photos of just some of the dolls in my collection.

erin1

This is my very first BJD, bought in 2007.  A Soul Kid, by Soul Doll, face is the model Miryu, and she measures 45cm tall.

Ines

This one is a 56cm LUTS Juri Delf 06 doll.  She came second hand from ebay.

kirsten

As did this doll which (I think) is also a LUTS, a Kid Delf (Delf meaning, she has pointy ears) and measuring approx 44cm.

They are just 3 of the seven resin BJDs in my collection.  I also have some plastic BJDs very Manga-like dolls . . .

Hujoo

These are Hujoo dolls . . . that somehow seemed to multiply after buying the first one!

Anyway . . . I can’t believe it’s been so many years since I spent any quality time with these dolls.  I’m still all fired up with my reborn baby dolls, and Daisy, but I also plan on spending some time crafting for my BJD dolls too in the coming months.   When I started collecting dolls, I couldn’t really sew, and I certainly couldn’t crochet or knit.  Now I have mastered crocheting, my little brain is buzzing with ideas of fun outfits that can be made with yarn & a crochet hook.

13 thoughts on “dolls – all shapes & sizes

  1. *shudder*
    You know I find dolls spooky. However, I was very interested to read about your BJD collection because my daughter has one (so far) and, although he creeps me out big time, i did promise to make him some clothes. He’s a big one though – something like 70cm tall but skinny as Manga type characters seem to be – and I searched everywhere to find doll patterns to fit him but, so far, have come up with a blank. Maybe I’ll just have to become a pattern designer myself – the BJD RTW stuff is so expensive. He needs to be clothed as he’s even more creepy naked 😱
    Very brave of you to sort through boxes in the attic – I daren’t even go there.

    • I also have a 70cm male doll . . . if ever I manage to make anything that fits him properly, I’ll try and remember to make notes & pattern for you.

      • Thanks – I’ll do the same.
        I want to ask ‘What’s he wearing now?’ but I’m afraid it’ll make me sound like a heavy breather on the telephone 🤣

      • He’s wearing a pair of trousers I bought at a BJD “salon”, that cost me and arm & a leg, plus a very sorry looking vest I made lol. I should be able to draw a basic pattern from the trousers I have but heavens knows when I’ll get around to it.
        Btw, what is your daughter’s doll? My SD man is an Impldoll (that won’t mean anything to you, but to your daughter, it might).

  2. Oh wow that’s a fantastic collection of different types of doll! I’m amazed at the ball jointed ones, they’re very ethereal to look at! I’m currently getting back into crochet after many years, because I want to make a blanket for the dolls. It’s odd how crafting and dolls seem to go hand in hand!

    • yes lol. I don’t know what it is about dolls, since I wasn’t really very interested in playing with them as a child . . . but now I seem to see beauty in all different types.

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