Prototypes released into the world – Friendly emojis hungry for miniature kebabs

ShimmyShim 2nd version T-shirts 2019

Prototypes are available to buy

Collector Peter Jeffery bought the first version prototype of the “Friendly Emoji” T-shirt from ShimmyShim’s table at the London Fashion Doll Festival. And later posted this picture of it in the Sindy Collectors Corner Facebook group. I like his perfect colour pairing with the yellow pink and black tartan. The miniature kebabs in the picture are so funny… they look ready for a huge party of hungry people. Or should I say a huge party of emojicons?

This first version of this T-shirt was printed on a cotton mix jersey by a company which uses digital dye sublimation techniques. It is a print-on-demand service where you can upload a design, and receive a printed piece of fabric back, within a few days.

I found the first batch of prints on the cotton mix to be lighter and less saturated than I had hoped for. So for the second round of prototypes, I went for a polyester lycra fabric. The fabric sample seemed brighter and less washed out.

ShimmyShim white emoji T-shirt with yellow and pink tartan skirt.
ShimmyShim white “Friendly Emoji” T-shirt styled in a scene by collector Peter Jeffery

Here’s the second version. I made the icons in the design larger, as well as changing the fabric. The new fabric is a heavy lycra 250gsm. It’s pretty chunky for a doll’s T-shirt. I’ll give the 140gsm lycra a test as well, but it seems the 1:6 scale clothing makes the print on the lightweight fabric seem a little transparent. Perhaps it’s because the ‘grain’ is larger in relation to the small size of the garment? It’s counterintuitive as you’d imagine a lightweight fabric to come out feeling thicker on a small scale. Somehow the heavier fabric feels good at doll size. Not easy to sew though.

2nd version Friendly Emoji T-shirt

I’m still not totally happy with the design: I’d like to tweak it so that the stitching can’t run across any of the faces. And I might adjust the top two rows so that they are vertically in line with the bottom three. Or maybe a polka layout would be better…

Compared to the first version:

Friendly Emoji print on cotton mix

I have been through the same process with the “One of the Girls” slogan T-shirt. The second version on the heavy lycra is modelled here by Emily, a Sindy friend of Wendy Lyon. She has also chosen a tartan skirt to pair it with! Lovely to see these ideas and I’d never have thought of tartan for these Ts but it really sings. It’s thrilling to see these Ts out in the world, brought to life by collectors.

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ShimmyShim “One of the Girls” slogan T-shirt styled by Wendy Lyon on her Sindy doll named Emily.

I have new category on the eBay shop for ShimmyShim own brand stock.

Also working to open a ShimmyShim Shopify store soon and this is likely to feature exclusives. I will probably offer the final version T-shirts on this shop. Final-final that is😆

Thanks to Wendy Lyon and Peter Jeffery.

Always happy to see your styling, vignettes and doll scenes – please post in the comments if you have any to photos to add.

Space Fantasy Sindy and Toyah Willcox on the scene

Space Fantasy Sindy in Cherry Pop, Quick Changes and Dream Ballet

My super model for this week has been pink haired Space Fantasy Sindy (1985). She’s nicely designed with a heart shaped, vulcan hairline so that she can wear her hair up on top. A very popular doll with collectors. Quite a stand out in the line of brunettes and blondes.
Here she is in the “Quick Change” 1982 silver outfit (plus extra bag), which came out three years before Space Fantasy.

Space-Fantasy-Quick-Changes

She brings back memories of Toya Willcox yelling “I don’t want to go to school” in a fabulous silver and black sci-fi inspired ensemble.

Delighted to see that she’s just released a new single called Sensational. A hopeful song for the children of the future, with a fab contemporary but 80s inspired music video.

Space Fantasy also shone this week when I dressed her up in the Jean Paul Gaultier style corset from Hasbro “Dream Ballet” 1991. It looks very pop star without the skirt!

Space-Fantasy-Dream-Ballet

And I love this pink polka dot “Cherry Pop” trouser suit (1984). The white braces, made from two linked loops are such a great twist.

Space-Fantasy-Cherry-Pop

I remember a pink polka dot blouse I wore to death in the 80s. Loved it.

Would love to hear about your space inspired outfits from the 80s.

p.s on the metallic space theme, a Facebook friend just shared this… Brigitte Bardot in 1968 “Contact !”

Check out all ShimmyShim’s Sindy clothes for sale in the shop. When you buy 3 or more up to £10 each, you get 15% off.

Tip top – pointy Aladdin shoes, a black hat and happiness

Here are a few of my favourite accessories added to the eBay shop in the last few days. This black top hat is a real stand out piece – nicely designed and good quality with a solid, durable feel. The slight curve along the edge really distinguishes is. I’d love to see it as part of a circus ringmaster’s outfit.

Barbie wearing black top hat

Black top hat

These white ‘Aladdin’ or arabic style, pointy slippers are a very unusual colour. I’ve found pale blue ones and gold coloured ones as part of Disney outfits, but still unable to identify these. They are a perfect fit on the Barbie you see above wearing the top hat. I think she is a Fashionista.

White Aladdin slippers with pointy toes

Barbie wearing white Aladdin shoes

Red bag with moulded floral pattern

This little ‘Happiness’ slogan bag brings Christmas cracker surprise joy. Love the lo-fi quality – check the ‘MADE IN’ up the right way on one side, and ‘HONG KONG’ upside down on the other side.

Red plastic bag with happiness slogan

Would love an ID on the shoes and the top hat if you have any knowledge, please share. The top hat also fits Mary Quant Daisy doll nicely.