This week we are looking at the Dollydoodle’s sleepsuits for the Sasha babies. There were about five overall styles, four of which I have examples of but not the fifth which has a top yoke and a bottom half (which is sometimes in a different material) and Judith has very kindly sent me a photo of below.
The navy stripe on the right was my very first one and bought off eBay in December 2009 when Judith was making these for the Beruganer and Enny babies who are slightly bigger in size.
When she decided to venture into starting to make them for the Sasha babies she hadn’t got a doll of her own to use as a model so had to rely on me trying to describe what I thought needed altering. The turquoise one on the left was her first prototype that she sent to me to try. It was slightly too big in places so I suggested that I sent her one of my babies until she could find and buy one for herself. The yellow one in the centre is an example of a one piece front in a self colour material but with a printed fabric motif on the chest. The striped model has a centre panel inserted in a contrasting material.
On the left is the diagional style (and my favourite) whilst the one on the right has a false raised folded seam running down the centre. There are several styles of hats as can be seen here from the classic beanie to the jester style and are often topped or decorated with a twisted top knot/pom-pom….. or two.
Below is an example of the yoked style all made from the same material.
It’s well worth checking out Judith’s Dollydoodle’s home page for her version of her new beginning into the Sasha world complete with photos at …. www.dollydoodles.co.uk
Bea, my toddler, usually wears the prototype being just that little bit bigger than the babies when standing.
Here you can see that the neck and sleeves needed to be made slightly smaller and shorter for the future sleepsuits.
We all know this little fellow, baby Quirky who has been with me from very early on in my collecting, with his cute little face and wayward hair…. but not so minty having led an active life before he was adopted here.
He is wearing one of Judith’s DD sleepsuits that were made for the slightly larger baby Beuranger? and Enny dolls and was won off eBay in the 2009….so one of my very first of the DD sleepsuits.
First up now wearing the true Sasha sized sleepsuits is Anis (Bettina, who customised her named her this for her eBay listing.) She is a mid 70s Trendon baby with the raised eye-lids who had, had her hair re-rooted in Mohair by Bettina. (This was Bettina’s very first re-rooted baby. Re-roots were VERY, very RARE, almost non existant, when I first spotted and bought her off eBay.)
I have always like anything different or unusual in the Sasha World and clearly remember desperately wanting to win her and so put a huge £175 bid on…..and then praying like wildfire! Luckily I won her for a mere pitance of the original bid placed.
I knew from her photos that her eyes and brows had started to green but it was that halo of fine blonde hair that attracted me. She is wearing a very pretty and soft, almost silky, Dollydoodle sleepsuit which came with it’s own colour co-ordinated pink velour jacket (as you will see in a later post.)
This darker skinned baby boy was one of my very first Sasha babies bought even before Quirky many years ago but has survived the passage of time so is still with me. He has rather a cheeky looking little face as though ‘butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth!’
He is wearing one of DD’s sleepsuits that was purchased from Judith’s website last year. It has little elephants scattered over it and is normally photographed with the baby holding a soft toy blue elephant (which unfortunately couldn’t be located in time for the photoshoot. A reminder that I MUST get their props, toys and accessories into ONE storage place!)
He has a slightly darker blue line on his eyelids.
Another early and rather minty Trendon baby with the darker painted eyes. He is a relative new-comer to the Sasha Baby Brood, arriving during the last few years.
He is wearing a delightful little DD sleepsuit with a machine embrodiered line of little ducklings waddling across his chest to compliment the little ducks and chicks in the actual material used for the sleeves and feet soles. I think that I added this to their night wear range last Easter.
Here is a one of the very earliest Frido 1969 Quirky eye-browed baby Nightdresses that came to me mint in the round peep-hole-window box over 14 years ago. Unfortunately like so many of the brunettes she has falling hair but luckily plenty of it but makes up for this with the wider face that I so love. She still has that new vinyl smell.
This DD sleepsuit is made from a very pretty beautiful quality slightly thicker white jersey material with a peachy-pink modern flower print with pink contrasting jersey on the other panels and is one of Judith’s diagonal styles.
Next up we have another same aged Frido1969 quirky eye-browed baby Nightdress who came from Kelly Wenarsky’s own personal collection and has equisitely hand painted eyes. I first spotted this simply delightful baby of Kelly’s many years ago and asked for first refusal if she should ever decide to sell her on….. but had to wait for many more years before she was ready to part with her.
Notice her lovely plump cheeks and nicely styled hair. She is wearing a ‘twin’ outfit to the blue elephant version nearer to the beginning of this post with little pink bunnies and bows scattered around the material. This is one that I got early last year.
Another very minty sexed Trendon baby re-rooted with mohair by Bettina but in a closer ‘tighter-to-the-head curly’ style.
She is wearing a pale lemon Easter themed DD sleepsuit with a line of little ducks running across the yoke with the words ‘Quack, quack, quack’ written underneath.
When ever I see this little tot I always think of the nursery rhyme ‘There was a little girl who had a little curl, Right in the middle of her forehead, And when she was good she was very, very good, But when she was bad she was horrid.’
I did think of entering her with this Rhyme in the UK Sasha Festival Dress a Sasha competition in the Nursery Rhyme section but never got around to it in the end as time ran out.
These are my un-identical twin babies (representimg one girl and one boy) wearing two of DD’s sleepsuits, one in blue and white and the other in pink and white, with little rocking horse motifs.
I like having twins in my Sasha collection as we have twin girls in our family and I’ve always thought that twins are something rather special.
I think that these were the last two of Judith’s rocking horse motifs from her past carefully treasured stash.
Another of my first sleepsuits, the pink spot, again bought off eBay in 2010. This was very popular on account of the material.
My Trendon early 70s baby Nightdress re-rooted, on account of falling hair, by Lisa Hartley always likes to choose to wear this. She has beautiful really dark eyes to match her dark brunette hair and little plump cheeks. (Apologies for all the stray hairs over her face.)
Another of my very favourite materials, the paw print. There were only three made of this material, I missed buying the very first but managed to buy the other two over a period of time, one I kept for myself and gave the other away as a present.
One of my little early Trendon boys always likes to wear this as he loves animals.
This was another extremely popular one and known as ‘the pink frilly’ on account of the delightful little pink frill and row of buttons running down the diagonal seam. It is such a dainty example and looks gorgeous on the sweet, tiny and more delicate babies.
The little pink frill also goes right around the beanie cap. This is a blonde sexed early Trendon baby boy Nightdress who is posing as a little girl for me as had by now run out of the brunette baby girl models.
This is a OOAK sleepsuit set, consistimg of a little blue jacket over a teddy bear themed sleepsuit and was given to me by Judith as a birthday present.
He is a dear little Trendon early 1970s baby boy with an impish looking little face and hair that sticks straight out when not captured by his little beanie hat.
This was a OOAK DD sleepsuit that I remember winning off eBay for £41+ due to the competitive bidders. It is lovely and colourful and perfect for my little black baby to wear.
She is a Trendon later 70s baby White Suit without the raised eyelids. Her hair has lost it’s tight curls but I prefer it this way as I sometimes put little ribbon bows in it.
Unfortunately one of my babies didn’t get to feature here as she hasn’t as yet got a DD sleepsuit so still goes to bed in her original nightdress…. but I’m watching out to buy one for her asap.
Whilst it may seem to some that I have got a lot of the DD sleepsuits you must remember that I have now been buying them for over four years so that averages as less than four bought each year.
Hope that you have enjoyed seeing my Sasha babies all ready for bed and my apologies for the sunshine and shadows on some of the photos as had to take them as time allowed as am busily helping my youngest brother move house.