Ready for a blast from the past? We’re going to venture back the 1980’s for this Collection Close Up and talk about My Child dolls! Made by Mattel, My Child dolls were around from 1985 through 1988.
They are known for their soft (felt like), adorable faces. According to websites, they were made to be ‘one of a kind’. Each came with their own serial number, making each one special. The serial number is located on a tag on the dolls torso. Some numbers were hand written (like on my doll), others were stamped (like all the rest of the dolls featured here). These numbers can come in handy, especially if you are trying to date your doll or figure out if it is made in Taiwan (1985) or China (1986-1988). My Child dolls were manufactured in a variety of hair and eye colors, as well as in both genders and multiple skin tones. Commercials like to point out the fact that they can stand (with shoes) on their own.
My Child dolls were only out for a few years in the US. Taking into consideration the fact that there was a whole slew of My Child dolls released solely outside the US (Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Italy, France and Canada) in 1987 and it should come as no shock that My Child dolls still command pretty high prices on auction sites.
My only My Child (serial number 3645L) was gifted to me in 1985 by my grandmother when I was about 2 years old. My mother says that my grandmother hunted around to find one that resembled me. At the same time, she also picked one up for my mother. Below is my My Child. She’s lost pretty much all of her delicate face coloring, which I might get fixed up one day. She’s still in her original outfit, minus the shoes. Her hair is currently in two braids. With brown eyes and hair, she does look like me! (While my expression in this photo below doesn’t exactly scream enthusiasm, I really did like the doll!)
My mom’s has ash blonde hair in curly pigtails (serial number: 1708HR). Her face coloring is much better than mine. This My Child seems to be wearing the ‘pink Floral outfit‘. Of the two of us, my mom is more of the My Child collector. She has four in her collection and I’m sure would jump at the chance for more.
Over the years, my mom has gathered a few more My Child’s and has even tried her hand at restoring a few of them. The My Child below was a gift from yours truly to my mom. This dolls serial number is 1646R2. I thought the short pale blonde hair was adorable and so far, she hasn’t needed any restoration done.
Like many dolls, sometimes you’ll come across some that are in less than perfect shape. With My Child’s the main problems seem to be face sagging and facial color fading (like their lips and eye lashes, similar to my doll pictured above). Thankfully, there are a lot of helpful sites online that talk about how to restore your doll! My mom has tried restoring two dolls so far with great results. See the first restoration attempt in the video below on this pale blonde My Child (serial number: 1136L)
Usually, restoration includes giving your dolls a ‘face lift’ by doing a blind stitch. A great reference for this is found on YouTube. Click here to see a playlist of tutorials. If you just need to re-do your My Child’s make up, you may want to look at these tutorials, also found on YouTube. (The first playlist also has a make up video.) Besides these, there are quite a few videos online about My Child care. It’s worth searching for the doll on YouTube and seeing what’s out there.
The doll above (serial number unknown) was picked up at the 2016 My Little Pony Fair. The seller said her mom was a collector of My Child and asked her to bring a few to the show. My mom spotted the one doll they brought and bought it. She gave her a face lift and ordered her an outfit online. In the end, she turned out looking so much better than she did before!
There are a few really amazing websites out there aimed at My Child. A few are below:
So, that’s a closer look at the My Child dolls in our collections. Do you have any My Child dolls? Share your thoughts in the comment area.
I am very bad a wig making. I tried my hand at it last year and failed miserably. (Much fun fur was lost in this quest!) Needless to say, I’ve retired from wig making! (And the fun fur rejoiced!) My mom, however, found a really great tutorial for making a yarn wig on Flickr the other day. With nothing better to do, she decided to try it out and the results were fantastic! This TARDIS blue wig is being modeled on a MSD Bobobie Pixie.
The tutorial was put together by Flickr user ghilie01. It’s a photo album tutorial (ie: click the image and the instructions are on the right for that step). If you are handy with a crochet hook and latch hook, this should be a pretty easy tutorial to follow! For the wig pictured above, we followed all the steps, but one. As we don’t have a sewing machine, we didn’t ‘stitch’ a part into this wig. For a first attempt, I think this turned out pretty awesome! Awesome enough for me to want to share this with you, readers!
So next time you’re bored, why not try making your ball jointed doll a new wig? And then stop by and share the experience down below in the comment area!
I hope you enjoy my review! I didn’t have any b-roll to cover up the jump cuts, so you’ll have to live with ‘fades’ for this one! 🙂
My journey into the world of re-rooting was paved by internet tutorials. I watched them on youtube and read them online… Since rooting my first doll with the traditional knot method, I thought, why not post my own photo tutorial!
PLEASE NOTE: MISTAKES MADE ON DOLLS USING THIS METHOD ARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE RE-ROOTER AND NOT THE THE WRITER (ME).
Re-Rooting with the Knot Method On Barbie
Step one: Carefully take the head off the doll. Clear the head of all original hair. Cut the hair as close to the scalp as you can and then use pliers to pull out the access hair.
Step two: Set up your workspace. Put hair, needles and pliers within reach. Fill a bowl with some water. Keep the hair long. Even if you want a short cut, it’s easier to chop off hair than to extend it!
Step three: Thread a few strands of hair into a needle, roughly 15 or 16, but there is no need to count. Water is on hand to wet the ends of hair, which make is easier to thread.
Step four: Push your needle through the hair plug going INSIDE the head. Use pliers if the needle doesn’t want to go through smoothly.
Step five: Being careful of hitting the inside of the head, maneuver the needle through the neck. Pull it out until you feel you have enough room to knot.
Step six: Knot the end of the hair coming out of the neck.
Step seven: Pull the hair poking out from the top of the head until the knot firmly hits the inside of the hair plug.
Step eight: Repeat until the head is completely rooted.
Tip 1: Have a plan. If you are using two colors, think about how you’ll be setting them into the head before starting the job.
Tip 2: Start around the perimeter, then go across starting in the back, working your way upwards line by line (if possible).
Tip 3: Make a day of it. Re-root on a day when your schedule is free. I feel the hair is most manageable when it’s not moved all over and stopping and starting usually means moving the hair.
As always if you have any questions or feel I should add something, let me know in the comment section. Good luck on your re-rooting journey!
COMING SOON: Re-rooting with the Tool Method and Re-rooting: The Youtube Tutorial