The first time I saw this doll was in a picture of Christina Ricci holding her, and I never forgot those eyes. Getting her was at the back of my head for years, but this past Christmas I felt a tremendous need to finally have one. I’d started having an interest in bjds recently but couldn’t really find one I actually liked. I soon realised it was the size that intrigued me about them more than anything, and all the things I could sew in that size. Lonely Lisa would also fulfill that.
So right when I decided to get one, there was none on ebay. For like a whole month. Until I finally found one in really bad condition…for $3.50.
I thought, how bad can a cloth body doll be? Answer: very. How does a cloth body doll even break? Well her stuffing had shrunk to less than half its size. Her wiring was completely distorted , with some limbs hanging loose, and her neck was broken. Her head wouldn’t stand up. At first I panicked that I’d just gotten a wreck that could only be displayed. But a minute later I was ripping the seams at her shoulder open to sort her out. Somehow, I managed. I did it so quick, I didn’t even think much. I replaced some broken parts with wire an her stuffing with cottonballs. If she gets wet it will be a disaster. I should replace it with polyester stuffing some day…
But for now she looks beautiful, and I really love her. She is so expressive. I’d never had such a big doll before, you can hold her, it feels so different. Her hair is that wonderful fibre Kamars have – I can’t even tell you just how thrilled I was to see that. I don’t understand why this doll is not more popular.
I mde her an Alice dress.