|Honey as Cinderella|
Last week I promised to finish my Honey Cinderella doll and I finally got her done! It wasn't easy; we had a super-busy weekend with marching band and the local Apple Festival. We rewarded ourselves for all the running around with delicious baked apples for dessert tonight. The Apple Festival was great for me. I picked up a super-rare Madame Alexander Mary Ellen doll and a bunch of small doll accessories and clothes at a thrift store. I hoped to have Mary Ellen listed within the week, but my daughter is uncharacteristically taken with her and has been begging to keep her. At 31 inches tall, Mary Ellen is one of the largest Alexander dolls ever made. My daughter loves that she can wear real toddler clothing and shoes. So, we will see if Mary Ellen makes it into the store. If not I will at least write a post about her restoration.
|Honey had her original barrettes but her hair was cut.|
Honey's Cinderella gown was quite fanciful when it was new. The skirt was made of layers and layers of taffeta, tulle, and organdy. The bodice was lined in organdy trimmed with gold loop braid and the sleeves and neck were ruffles of gold-trimmed organdy. Cinderella would also have worn a crown of gold-trimmed fabric.
|The tulle and organdy disintegrated and were cut away.|
|Honey, after restoration|
|There is some paint scraping in the joints.|
|The Effanbee mark|
|Some marks remain on the body|
|Honey's original barrettes in the new wig.|
|Honey's face after the nose was painted.|
|Honey's dress after restoration|
|The dress with a new over-skirt|
|Honey just had to try the Marilyn pose since she has her new blond hair!|
|Honey's "glass" slippers|
Finally, I made Honey some "glass" slippers from transparent wired ribbon, cardboard, and foil. These are cute. They are a little loose but will stay on for display and posing. The edges are wired so you can cinch them over the top of Honey's feet to help them stay put.
|Cinderella shows off her glass slippers.|
I think Honey/Cinderella turned out very well. She's a beautifully-sculpted doll and her dress is really fancy. All in all, Honey displays as a restored early 1950s doll. She is very lovely but she doesn't look brand-new. This isn't a very readily-available doll under normal circumstances, and this one is totally unique! You can find her for sale, along with many lovely dolls, in my store, so please make sure to check: http://stores.ebay.com/atelier-mandaline.