Presenting: Sophie Devereux. (Kind of).

So, as I mentioned in previous post, a long time ago I created a Stinger called Sophie Devereux. I never did write about her background properly, but lately I’ve been kinda inspired by the IT Stinger dolls to make her a reality in the way I did with Jewel.
I should make something clear right up front. Sourcing this doll and the material to make her clothing sent me all over the world, and for that reason, she is still in some ways a work in progress. So although this is my introducing her, there may yet be more to do.

I decided to make her out of a Laka Orion doll from the Color Infusion line by IT. Of course, the moment I decided this, she disappeared from Ebay completely. I hunted around and eventually found her on a French website. This actually made me very happy, because, of course, Sophie is French. This way, my doll is too. Parfait!

Because these dolls are quite hard to find and expensive, and because I’m not an insane doll collector who thinks that that kind of price  for a doll to rip apart is fine and dandy, I haven’t done anything about her face paint at the moment. I think that, maybe, at some point I will get this done by someone who knows what they are doing – I’m happy to play around with bait vintage heads that cost a couple of bucks, but this is a bit different. As she’s a Stinger, though, extreme makeup isn’t really important, so we’ll see. Just right now, I guess, she still is “Laka”. (Laka means nothing in my mental world, though, so I don’t wholly care).


I’ll come to the outfit in a minute, but first, lets talk about the hair.

Now, Laka has some nice blond hair. I’ve never liked blond dolls that much, but I agonised over this and decided that Sophie in her Stinger gear needed to be blond, even though in Jewel’s World she has reverted to her natural dark hair. This is her in the eighties, therefore I chose the blond doll and not the brunette.

This is her pretty much out of the packet, after washing and combing through her hair. It’s fine, but it’s not “Sophie” somehow. I always wrote about her having wisps of curls around the face, so I had to do something with that.


So here she is after. TI only left this in straws for a few hours while we had a visitor and I went out, so I don’t know how well it will stay in. I don’t really like the product in the hair that IT use so I try to get most of it out if I can. Still, I like the curls better with the face shape.

So as I said, no paint yet. I would like to darken her lips, I think, and do something with her eyeshadow, but I need to figure this out first.

Onto her outfit.


I am quite happy with how this turned out, especially since I actually maimed myself in the making of it. The tights are spare Stormer fishnets, because  I am really bad at making tights, and the shoes are Jetta’s which she’s borrowed for the image – I intend to get her some of her own, but wanted to see whether I needed yellow, gold or black and I’m still undecided. The dress and the skirt I made and all are stitched by hand. I really fell in love with the fabric for the dress – it’s black with tiny flowers and butterflies on in gold, and it was just perfect. I did use a pattern for the dress, though I adapted it to suit what I wanted, and the skirt I made from scratch, sketching a pattern from Stormer’s skirt to get the right dimensions and then stitching it accordingly. As I said in my last post, I don’t use a machine, I can only sew by hand, so it took some tme. The lace is from China, and I think it’s really pretty.

As for maiming myself – I still have a bruise on my foot from where I somehow managed to tread on my sewing needle. It was quite bloody. The things I do for my dolls…

So at long last, Sophie Devereux, French fraudster and Stinger drummer, has joined the ranks. Pictures of her with the other Stingers to come when I figure out what to do about her drums…

In Stitches….Stinger Style…

So, a long, long time ago, way back in the dark ages, I used to actually make fashions for my Jem dolls.

Don’t get me wrong. I am nowhere near the calibre of people like Tommy, ShanasFashions or the awesome people who sell on Ebay and Etsy. However, for my own personal Misfit needs, I used to have fun selecting fabric and making patterns from existing outfits (WITHOUT damaging them, I hasten to add!).  Anyone who has visited my Collection pages will see Taffie-Fashions dotted around the place; particularly my Misfits and Mexican dolls, as well as the outfits for my custom dolls. I’ve dug out a couple of old pictures of outfits that aren’t clearly visible on my Collection site, too, like No Hands Roxy wearing one of Roxy’s fashions from the Fan… —–>

<—-and Pizzazz 1 wearing my version of Winning is Everything (I called it Total Eclipse, because that git Rio took the name Universal Appeal, which I never forgave Hasbro for. That was one of the most epic Misfit songs and Pizzazz wore Winnin’ Is Everything during it. It should so have been called Universal Appeal. Oops. Rant mode off…).
My version was more modelled off the animated form of the outfit than the real one.


I have fond memories of going to buy fabric when I used to go visit my good friend Gem every so often. All the awesome fabric shops were up by where she lives, and I remember I always bought more than I needed. Most of that fabric is gone now  – I had no space so donated it to a charity craft project so that it could go to good use. However, with the new IT dolls, my interest in making stuff has been rekindled.

Now, I have never been able to master a sewing machine. Everything I stitch has to be done by hand, so it takes a lot of time. So if I’m going to make something, generally I have to really want to make it.

Going off on a tangent now, but a long time ago I created a Stinger character. I never fully finished writing her introduction, so I guess most people who read any of my fiction -especiallyJewel’s World – wondered who the heck she was and what she was doing there. I never thought of making her. There was no point; there were no Stinger dolls.

But now? Now there are.

So this is my project. I want to bring Sophie Devereux to life. It’s a painstaking project, especially since I want to do it right.

Thus far I have part of her outfit plotted out and stitched. I have lace for her hair and I have some extra IT Stormer tights for her to wear, too. Next job is to track down the exact doll that I want for this to work.

Jem is so good for my creativity 😉 Although my wardrobe is now full of black, yellow and gold fabric…

Integrity by name, Integrity by nature…

Now I know this will come as no surprise to the people who have been involved with IT for a long time, but I was really very impressed recently with Integrity’s customer service. So much so that I felt I ought to comment on it here, because we live in a world of complaining and sometimes it’s just right to give credit where it is due.

So my Jetta (loose) and my Pizzazz (IS) had some hand issues going on. Both of them had a faulty joint with one of their left hands – it had fused and wouldn’t move. I had to change hands over on both dolls because I was worried about them getting knocked and broken.

Following advice given to another member on the Jemcon board, I contacted IT about the problem.

Bear in mind that I am not a member of the W club. I am not in a country with an official IT distributer, and I did not buy any of my dolls direct from IT (albeit they did come from IT dealers). In spite of this, IT were very kind and helpful, and promised to send me out some new hands as soon as possible, no charge.

Today, they arrived. In the envelope were two pairs of hands – one pair for Pizzazz, one pair for Jetta, all in working condition.

Dolls now have their hands in perfect shape. I now have an extra spare of each right hand because obviously they sent the pairs…and at their own cost and expense.

Five stars to IT customer service. Even give that both dolls are currently still available, I was very impressed.

And, on another positive note, today I received a message from a Jem friend I lost touch with a long time ago. We parted on bad terms, but I hope now we’ve cleared the air. I hate being at odds with people, so it was awesome to hear from them after all this time 🙂