Have you heard of Maru and Friends? (If not, you can see them here and Toy Box Philosopher did a very detailed review here)
Whereas AG has their finger on the pulse of what real girls want to wear right now, many Maru outfits seem really dated.
Take a stroll through the mall …the trends right now are skinny jeans, graphic prints, and bright colors.
Absolutely NOT flared, embroidered jeans.
Wonderful blouse but…seriously? Pleated gingham culottes? With cargo pockets? 😛
These outfits definitely do not do justice to these beautiful dolls, so I ordered Tanya about 2 years ago, when they were having a sale and figured I would sew lots of cute stuff for her. All of Dianna Effner’s dolls are beautiful and Tanya is no exception. They did a nice job on the face painting and chose high-quality eyes. I was thrilled until I pulled her out, stripped her down (yes, clothing was nicely made also) and saw her body. Hmmm. Her shoulders seem to come up too high and slope steeply, and then her legs look too thin to support that oddly-shaped torso. I measured her, and found that she’s not the same size as ANY other doll I have, nor could I easily scale another doll’s clothes up or down on a copier to fit.
Here’s a picture comparison of KnC, Maru (Tanya) and AG
And a more detailed chart of measurements (in inches):
|20″ Tanya (Maru)||10.5||9.5||7.5||6.5||4.25|
|18″ Journey Girl||10.25||10||6.25||5.75||3.25|
|18″ Magic Attic/Carpatina||9.5||8.625||6||5.5||3.5|
|18″ Kidz n cats (original mold)||8.5||8.5||6.5||5.5||3|
I hunted and hunted all over the internet for patterns and found nothing. After making her a few things with AG patterns I had lengthened, and being less than pleased, she went back in her box and I forgot about her.
Fast forward to now…still can’t find any patterns for sale, so it looks like I need to make some! I strolled around the mall, got ideas from current kids clothes, and Tanya is out of her box and being fitted for a fabulous wardrobe! She’s shown in my muslins of jeans and blouse below. They need a little tweaking, but overall, I’m pleased 🙂
Sooo, now I’m wondering whether to do this as a personal project or share it here on the blog. If no one needs patterns for these dolls, I can save myself a lot of picture taking and typing by keeping this a personal project and not putting it up on the blog. On the other hand, if you have a Maru Friend who’s clamoring to be dressed in something cute, maybe you’d like to do some sewing for her!
Should Maru and Friends patterns appear on the blog? Please vote here!
It’s just one question and will only take a second!
Update: The survey is closed, thank you to everyone who voted!