When I saw Nymphaea's post about the Ideal Crissy doll, I was immediately caught up in the Crissy doll phenomenon, and promptly got one from Ebay. The 'caught up' feeling didn't stop with one member of the family, and now I have Brandi, Crissy's Californian tanned friend (I also have some more of the family in a fairly beaten up state, but that is a story for another day).
When my Mum saw Brandi after her bath and her hair treatment, she remarked on what an ugly doll she was. I thought she wasn't the prettiest doll when I got her, but now I think she is great. I made her an outfit this week from one of the patterns Beth Colvan kindly has on her site for free, and I think she looks sensational in an outfit from her era, the 1970's. This dress is the backless maxi-dress for the larger Crissy family dolls which are about 17 1/2 inches.
I think that is a pretty face, don't you? Brandi doesn't have the glassene eyes that Crissy and some of the other members of the family have such as Velvet and Kerri. I don't have a Kerri and would like to get her next.
She is an out-doors type of gal. Note the daring backless maxi dress which is great for showing off one's tan. This fabric is left over from a top I made and I was able to 'shop my stash' for all the ribbons and lace trim.
These are the markings on her back, showing that she was 1971 model.
Now, about her hair. I did my usual technique of shampoo, conditioner and fabric softner but I could not get her hair to stay un-tangled. I would just get one section untangled and it would be tangled by the time I had finished the next one. So in desperation, I tried the wet towels technique on the ironing board. It de-knotted the majority of her tail, but the ends were still frizzy so I gave them an extra iron (still protected by wet towels) and made them melt and frizz even more. My Mum suggested cutting them off, but I have decided to leave them on and just say she is an out-doors sun loving gal who hasn't looked after her hair very well.
I did read on the internet about this kind of hair can stretch with a lot of brushing, and I think that the previous owner did a lot of brushing, which is understandable as the main focus of this toy was the hair.
|Hair before treatment|