Remember this little guy? My mom got this doll for Christmas in the forties. All that was left was his head.
But look at him now!
Not exactly a “restoration.” I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what to do. His body was rubber filled with shredded foam and it disintegrated into a big, gooey, melted mess over the years.
I finally bought a kit for one of those “Real Born” dolls. Looks creepy, right?
I watched some YouTube videos on assembly and then did things my own way, as usual . I filled the limbs with these poly beads because that is what I had on hand. They are a real mess to work with!
Then added a bit of poly fil to keep the beads in the limbs and to fill the body. You use zip ties to secure the silicone arms and legs to the cloth body.
His body looks too narrow! But the limbs seem to be the right size.
And now he can be held again. This vintage baby dress fits perfectly.
You may recall that Judy gave me a lovely vintage hanger to display this dress on. It did not go to waste!
Dear Ila sent me this vintage child’s apron and I was about to go looking for another vintage hanger for it. Now I don’t have to. Isn’t this adorable?
I’m so pleased to be able to display my mom’s doll. I sent her photos and I think she was pretty happy too.
Have a great day!