Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Foil fashion for dolls

My 7 year-old daughter Lou loves to fashion her own clothing as well as her doll's and stuffed animal's.  The problem is that she likes to alter real clothing by using scissors and cutting holes where she sees the need (luckily it's only happened in dress-ups used for play) or she uses the stapler to adjust things to fit different dolls (again, luckily it's only been larger doll clothing she's attempted it with) or to add straps using hair ribbons.  Some of the things she comes up with are hilarious, but to her they are one-of-a-kind creations.

 I like that she has such a creative imagination, but I'm not a fan of her using scissors and staples on actual clothing.  I had to come up with a way for her to still be creative, but without scissors and staples.  My solution?  Foil.  She would be able to color it and decorate it any way she wanted, she could easily custom fit it to any doll, and there was no need for scissors or staples

She started out by fitting a piece of foil over her doll, then she tried to color a design on to the dress.  I didn't want her to get permanent marker on the doll so I had her take the dress off the doll to decorate it.


By this point the foil was so wrinkly it was difficult to make much of a design on the dress.

Lou opted for a new sheet of foil and went to work decorating her "material" with a purple sharpie.

Mina wanted to color with markers, too.  I wasn't sure I was ready to let her use permanent markers yet so I let her make a picture on paper with washable markers (washable markers smudge right off of foil).  I had to make sure she wasn't in the mood to be putting markers in her mouth.

Meanwhile, Ariel's dress is done and she is looking fabulous.

Maisy wanted to dress her doll also so she grabbed a yellow sharpie and went to work covering her foil in a sheet of yellow.

Lou decided to make an American flag skirt.

Then she finished a green polka-dot skirt and was on to the next piece of clothing.

Meanwhile, Mina had passed the marker test, she was ready to color with sharpies on the foil.  This is her banana drawing (she really told me these were bananas without me even asking).

Here's another of Lou's dress creations on her new book bingo prize she earned a couple days ago.

And here is one of Maisy's completed dresses.

And here is the closet full of clothing.  Maisy was saying she needed hangers to hang her dresses, but it turns out this egg carton made a lovely closet.  Maisy's finished creations are on the top row, and Lou's are on the bottom.

Linked to The Play Academy

6 comments:

  1. I knew I should have bought those colored sharpies on sale at Wal-mart yesterday! Creative idea for doll clothes. Thanks for sharing on It's Playtime.

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  2. What a great idea! I am so doing this! Maybe even tonight…. genius!!!

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  3. This is a great idea. It sounds like your little fashion designer needs scrap fabric, ribbon and other craft materials and she'll be making her own doll clothes from scratch!

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  4. I got loads of sharpies! We may have to try some art on foil! Love the dresses :P

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  5. What a great idea to use foil - makes it so much easy for the kids to make the clothes themselves.

    Lovely to see you at the Play Academy.

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  6. how fun! she made some cute designs and I really like this idea. Definitely something I need to let my girls try.


    Thanks for sharing on the Sunday Showcase & hope to see you again this week- http://momto2poshlildivas.blogspot.com/search/label/Sunday%20Showcase

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