Well, it' official...my Diva, Colette, has put a stop to all the doll stories---UNTIL SHE GETS A WARDROBE! I looked online, but there wasn't really anything or everything with 'her demands would be very expensive. More power to all those doll couture artists out there, but I don't pay more for doll clothes than on my own.
Colette: You leave me naked with all dees NOT CLOTHES piles of fabrique!
One of the frustrations of working with this doll, besides her own Diva-ness is her wardrobe. What you don't see below is the pins and clips holding this wonderful Fashion Avenue outfit together.
And the capris barely cover her knees.
Colette (Jazz Baby Diva-2007) is really a skinny---tall---weird bodied Barbie. It seems Colette received a new Barbie Pivotal body in 2007 along with a few other Jazz Babies, and then that body was never seen again?.
I decided to do some comparisons with my own various doll (Mattel) types.
After pouring over my vintage patterns and new ones, I dragged out my dolls to measure and compare.
L-R to the right tape.
1959 no.3 original body at 11 1/4",with feet for heels.
1966 TNT body 11 3/4" tall with bendable rubber legs which was used well into the 1990's, with feet for heels.
A Pivotal with a body started in the 1990's 11 1/2" tall (this body type originally came with straight hands and also a flat foot version), this Nikki has the hands that move and copyright of 2009.
Last, I have put Colette with her 12" skinny pivotal body 2007 with fixed ankles and feet for only heels.
L-R the doll body I dislike the most---the Model Muse 11 3/4" which started copyrighted 2003 and came out in 2004. They have lots of gorgeous faces, clothing and personalities, but simply are HARD to dress and legs are barely moveable and mine lock together. Feet for heels only. And, I have very little clothing which looks good on her. I swap out MM bodies and use the heads, immediately now. Also. unless they are standing and posing they are useless in a doll story!
The next blond is the New Made to Move 11 1/2" with feet extended for heels, but does wear flats. First MTM's appeared on the scene in 2016, they have been tweaked a bit over the years.
Dark hair and curls Luci Hernandez is a MTM and looks taller because of hair.
Next is a Tall Fashionista 12" with flat feet. from last year.
Last is Curvy 11 1/2" Ella Fitzgerald with her curvy MTM body.
I have tons of vintage patterns for 11 1/4" original Barbie. And lots that fit the TNT's. I am capable of adjusting patterns, and even drafting them ====but I'm planning to just tweak some.
I chose five to measure for adjusting patterns.
Jazz Baby MTMove Curvy MTM Original TNT
Height 12" 11 1/2" 11 1/2" 11 1/4" 11 3/4"
Waist to heel 7 1/8" 7" 6 3/4" 6 3/4" 6 5/8"
nape to waist 2 1/2" 2 1/8" 2 1/4" 2 1/2" 2 1/4"
shoulder 2 3/8" 2 1/4" 2 3/8" 2 3/8" 2 3/8"
arm to wrist 3 3/4" 3 3/8" 3 3/8" 3 1/8" 3 1/8"
Bust 4 3/4" 4 7/8" 5 5/8" 5 3/8" 5 1/2"
Waist 3 1/2" 3 3/4" 4 3/8" 3 3/8" 3 1/4"
Hip 4 3/4" 5 1/8" 6" 4 3/4" 4 7/8"
Inseam 5 3/4" 5 1/4" 5 3/8" 5" 5 1/2"
Me: So, you are leggy, skinny, and long-armed...no wonder nothing fits you.
Sigh! So is this what we have to pick from...
Colette: In Paree, we not wear all dees colors! But, I do perform and will luv sparkles and how you say metals...nooo, metallics!
Colette: I vant neutrals, natural fibers, cashmere knits, fur, and silks. And tailored clothes...with style.
Me: Well, my dear, let's just imagine these are linen...(not cottons and blends).
Me: (Scarves) Again, imagine some linen and cutaway silks.
Colette: Zee silk with zee fringe, Magnifique!
Colette: Zee gray is lovely, the blue/black silk eez subtle, purple eez, tooo purple. (groaning swoon, here).
Sparklez are perfect, lights will bounce off seez under spotlights.
Me: How about this selection I made yesterday after I drove to Joann's 16 miles away.
Colette: Hmmm, dee mirrors are nice, purple with gold interesting. Black shantung, please into pantaloons. Zee lavender/silver?, not so sure.
Me: How about the platinum and silver?
Colette: Perhaps on zee bias, and very drapey...with stone straps...?
Me: You don't expect much, do you? (Colette ignores this)
Colette: Zee 'homme' plaid, leather, and 'charcoal' silk has possibilities. LUV zee leather!
Colette: Hmmm, zee large piece looks like a Chagall, the others would depend, daywear perhaps, or at home? Please hurry, I'm tired of pins and clips...and my legs expose in short dresses! Sigh!
Me: Well, we will see what we can do???
Dear Reader, I plan on posting successes and failures, and redrawing the patterns for your use when I succeed. I honestly couldn't find any online patterns for Jazz babies, without going into Fashion Royalty, Integrity, or some of those which aren't right either.
Do you have a doll, who is DEMANDING?
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Thank you for your cooperation, Sandi