Granted, it's a bit easier to explain when you have a daughter/sister/niece to use as an excuse. I just love making clothes of any size though, and Barbie's are easier to display than full size dress forms.
I picked up this lovely lady at the thrift store the other day, because I was enchanted by the rich varied red of her hair. $2.99 packaged with a horrid Bratz doll which is going right back to the thrift store! And then I got my whole purchase 25% off because it was a monday...
Anyhow, her hair was a mess, so I carefully combed it out, section by section, shampooed and conditioned it, then dipped it in boiling water to straighten it out. Look how smooth and silky it got! I wanted her curls back, however, so I used straws and bobby pins to roll it up and - yes - once again stick it into boiling water.
When her hair dried I took the curlers out and she had a lovely shiny new mop o'curls!
As you can see from this top-down view, I was able to save the narrow braid from the original hairstyle and loop it up again over the curls.
Although I hope to created something more stunning for her eventually, today I just needed something to cover poor Barbie up. So I pulled out this vintage pattern set my aunt had given me and picked the easiest design.
30 minutes later, Barbie has a cute new frock, very Rose Brier in style!
I couldn't resist sticking a little flower in her hair!
Saving and restyling dolls is addicting, but thankfully not a very expensive addiction!