Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Joanie is Here!

She arrived on Monday, February 13, but I had already left for work so I couldn't get her until Tuesday. I know we thought of naming her Valentine but she just didn't look like a Valentine in person. And I was surprised to find she is 17 inches tall. On the back of her neck is it says 17VW and according to dollreference, that is a Valentine doll marking! Everything I've read about Valentine dolls suggests they are ballerina-type dolls, with bendable knees and arched feet. Joanie has flat feet and her knees do not bend. Her head is vinyl with rooted hair but her body is hard plastic.

First thing was to try on clothes. Joanie came with panda slippers which were too big for her, but they fit Lorraine perfectly.

The dress is too big and the slippers are too big, so let's try something else.
"I don't mind if you wear my tee-shirt since I have your slippers," said Lorraine.
"My sun dress is way too big for you."
Meanwhile, also on Tuesday, I received from my sister MollyK a package of patterns and Saucy Walker clothes.

"I don't think this is really me."
So I let Penny try it on.

"I love it!" said Penny.
And another present for Lorraine, a babydoll nightie.

"For my next slumber party."
A sweet old-fashioned dress was perfect for Sydney. I will need to take the sleeves up a little.

"I feel very sweet and demure in this."
Then I asked Lorraine if she would mind posing outside in the snow to show off our one and only real snowfall of the season. It's not very impressive and most of it has melted away already.

"The things I have to suffer!"
I really like this next dress. It needs a few adjustments but it is kind of a flapper style dress.

"At least I'm getting most of the clothes."
When I saw this next dress my first thought was that it was a definite "baby" type dress and no one (meaning Lorraine) would want it. Then I looked again and realized it was a ballerina/princess dress!

"Now I need ballet slippers."
Penny offered to let Joanie try on her green and white dress. It's a bit skimpy in the skirt but it fits so now I know I can use the same pattern for Joanie's next dress.

"I just love my sailor dress," said Penny.
"Look, girls," said Lorraine. "I'm a princess and you're not!"


  1. I love the ballerina dress, Lorraine is very lucky, looking forward to seeing what outfit you sew up from your sister's pattern. Joanie is lovely - thanks for showing her.

  2. Hi, it's me....I somehow led you to think that these doll clothes were for my Saucy Walker....actually not! I picked them all up at thrift stores (except for the "baby doll sleep set which I actually made myself---you'll notice no tricky gathered or set-in sleeves)and I think the blue "flapper" style one is really old. I'm delighted to see they fit your dollies so well! I'll be on the look-out for more dolly clothes....Love, MK

  3. The ballerina dress needs mending at the waist (fabric is very thin) and delicate cleaning, but fortunately it looks nice in the picture. They are all lovely clothes, whoever they were originally for!

  4. I love the vintage look of your dolls and the clothes. Penny looks so sweet in that sailor dress. The babydoll nightie fits Lorraine beautifully.

    I was surprised to see you had snow, though I know desert areas can get very cold. Our snow has gone now but I think we are due for more next week.

  5. We are High Desert, so we get snow down here in the valley but it usually doesn't last long. This year is the driest we've had in a long time.

    I had to make Lorraine be the one to pose in the snow because the hard plastic girls aren't supposed to get wet!