There is a new line of dolls by Käthe Kruse called Marie Kruse Stylista. They are basically the standard Toni dolls, with differently painted eyes. They come with two sheets of clothing that kids can cut out and adorn with glitter and rhinestones and rearrange in a variety of ways as well as separate clothing packs for more possibilities.
I was so excited by this wonderful idea, that I ordered one. Well, when I got her I was kind of disappointed. Mine came with her wig glued on sort of sideways. She had not been secured into her box properly and by the time she arrived her face had several shiny spots rubbed onto it. I could have dealt with that if the clothing were great, but what I got in the clothing package bore no resemblance to the promotional video you can see here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmjd_7Q3gXs (I love that they dressed the girls in the same outfits as the dolls!)
It looks like you will get an entire wardrobe of coordinating clothes. What I actually got was a bodysuit and bag out of blue and green striped fabric, and a long T-shirt dress, pants and a shawl out of rainbow striped fabric. Oh, and a whole bottle of gold glitter glue and a package of red rhinestones. So, not only was I mildly dissatisfied with the doll, I was really dissatisfied with the clothing selection. For $100, the doll did not even come with shoes, and had mismatched clothes. In her defense, you can buy her in Europe for a lot less – I found her on a German toy website for 59 Euros and free shipping, which right now is about $78. So I sent her back, and ordered a somewhat more expensive Elea Julie doll instead. I’ve been having a lot of regrets, because the concept of the Stylista clothing is pretty darn cool. Not to mention the fact that Julie was HORRIBLY STAINED! I mean, really, who uses magenta thread to serge the inside of a doll garment? That’s just begging for stains. Anyway, after two weeks slathered in zit cream and wrapped in saran wrap she was better, and I replicated a similar wardrobe for my Julie. A lot of the pieces in the MK line are just simple cylinders that can be used in a number of ways, such as arm/leg warmers, or larger ones that could be used maybe as a skirt or a hat or cowl or tube top or….
The original clothing looks like it was sewn on a huge industrial embroidery machine. It comes with the interfacing still attached, with white sewing lines and red cutting lines. The clothing completely lacks any kind of fasteners or finishing, but I think that’s part of the charm. Random bits of scraps can be used as headbands, belts, scarves, etc. I was able to make everything you see pictured in just under an hour!
DOWNLOAD IT HERE It will not fit the Marie Kruse dolls, but if you have one and are a seamstress, obviously you can trace that clothes that came with her and sew lots more.
Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote and comment! Results of the voting from the last post are:
Yeah, it was pretty close so there are two things in the works right now...
Update: I regretted sending back the Stylista so much, that I ordered another one and it looks like maybe I had gotten a bad one, because the new one was fine and her clothes matched. Although there weren’t as many pieces as the girls in the video got and, seriously, no shoes for that price? Anyway, I found out she fits Sasha clothes if you print/copy them at 90% (may need to lengthen arms if it’s long sleeved) and fits AG clothes copied at 70% although they need a bit of tweaking and lengthening also. I’m in the process of creating a cute set of fall clothes as well as a coordinated combo for her based on this:
I know the AG fans saw and probably wanted this in the latest catalog and then saw it was $90 and thought, “If I only had the patterns I could make it for free!” Stay tuned!