Sunday, May 4, 2008

Barefoot beauty: Redhead Cissette

This Cissette redhead is another doll that I made beautiful again via simple doll restoration.

Just like my Cissette ballerina, I bought this doll for a good price, thanks to her less-than-perfect condition. I don't think I paid more than $40 for her; although she had no damage, she was very dirty, and the seller's pictures were very poor.

She was a gamble, but she turned out to be a worthwhile one. After I received her I realized that her hair was indeed red (the pictures were so poor that it was difficult to tell). Even better than that, she had one of Cissette's fancy hairdos — although it was a bit mussed, it was something I could fix. I'll talk about that in a future post.

Madame Alexander Cissette with fancy hairdo

Anyway, this Cissette was also so dirty that her cheek blush wasn't visible. However, as you can see from the pictures, she has very vivid blush — so that should give you an idea of how dirty she was. As I cleaned her face and discovered the blush underneath, I literally shrieked with surprise and excitement. It was quite a discovery!

Beautiful Cissette face

This Cissette was a good deal in another way, too: The seller sent her to me wearing a Madame Alexander dress she assumed belonged to the doll, but which is actually a 1956 Alexander-Kins dress. She was also wearing a pair of original Cissette undies that appeared to have once been pink, but were a little faded.

Judging by Cissette's fancy hairdo, her earring holes, and her pink taffeta undies, she was originally dressed in one of the fancier outfits — perhaps in a dress with matching opera coat. I originally intended to keep her in the dress she is wearing now, which was originally one of Cissette's fancier dresses, #943 of 1957-58; however, it is badly faded (should be lavender, not pink), may have been laundered, and is missing the short jacket (like a shrug) that originally came with it. Therefore I am thinking of trying to find a different dress for this Cissette to wear.

Stay tuned for the post on how I fixed this Cissette's fancy hairdo!

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