PAOLA REINA – Las Amigas
This is Liu.
Like her friend Cristi, she is a Paola Reina doll. She’s a tiny little girl, a diminutive 32 cm (~12.5 inches). Paola Reina dolls are handcrafted in Spain, made with materials sourced only from Europe. The Paola Reina company has only recently begun distributing directly to North America. I ordered my dolls through Amazon UK and a few are now available through regular ‘ole Amazon (United States).
Liu arrived in a soccer uniform. Or maybe it’s football? Anyway, she told me it didn’t suit her and she’d prefer a change of clothing before her debut on the blog.
I made her a very simple top and slightly less simple linen pantaloons. I’m anxiously awaiting the delivery of a new scanner so I can share the pattern with you, should you care to sew for a Paola Reina doll. These little pantaloons also fit my Hearts for Hearts doll, although the fit is a little different. Anyway, that is a post for another day!
She also got a new pair of kicks. Allow me to present: Liu’s Shoes.
I found a lovely faux leather remnant at the fabric store last week. This serendipitous $4 purchase has launched me into the world of dolly cobblery. Or is it cobblerhood? Spell check disapproves of my made up words, but you know what I mean. I make doll shoes now. This is another pattern I will share with you when my scanner arrives, should you care to take up doll cobblery, or cobblerhood, or shoe making.
Liu is a beautiful doll and she photographs so well.
This is a fascinating video of the Paola Reina factory and the vinyl play line doll making process! The music is fantastically creepy, too.