My Daughters are in LOVE with Disney’s hit TV show, Austin and Alley. Their favorite character is the silly and quirky Dez Wade. My youngest daughter asked Santa for a Dez Doll for Christmas. Here is how I helped Santa create a Disney Dez Doll….
I have watched several episodes of this show with my daughters so I had a pretty good idea of how I wanted the doll to look. I was able to find several Etsy and eBay sellers to create a very close match.
A blue eyed American Girl doll was recycled. Old wig was removed and a new Johnny Wig was purchased from Monique in a size 10-11 in the color carrot: http://store.monique.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Store_Code=monique&Screen=PROD&Product_Code=MT265
For the Dez doll “Meet Outfit” I chose to create a “Bro Battle Champion” shirt. My daughters think Dez’s bro battles with Chuck are hilarious. In Microsoft Word I created the sign and printed it out onto Transfer Magic Iron-On Paper. All t-shirts were purchased from Etsy shop called Roaring Kids, https://www.etsy.com/shop/RoaringKids . These shirts are of very good quality and ready for any crafter to add their decorative touches. All pants were purchased from Etsy shop called Dressurdolly2: https://www.etsy.com/shop/dressurdolly2?page=2 . These too are of very good quality and will hold up to doll play. The button up plaid shirt was a custom order from Etsy shop called: SewFunDollClothes, https://www.etsy.com/shop/SewFunDollClothes . This button up shirt is a perfect match!
The yellow sneakers were an eBay find. The orange and black sneakers were purchased from My Doll’s Life: http://www.doll-clothes.com/canvas-doll-sneakers-fits-18-inch-american-girl-doll-shoes/
Additional shirts with a swirling basketball and a vintage camera were made from art pictures found on Google searches, scaled to correct size, and printed on Transfer Magic Iron-On paper. Both images add details to the Dez character.
Of course I couldn’t leave out the suspenders!! All elastic was purchased from Etsy shop called Heafeathers: https://www.etsy.com/shop/heafeathers?ref=l2-shop-info-name . Width of elastic was 8mm. Suspender clips were found on eBay; they are mini clips in 0.43 inch. These clips are often used to make baby pacifier clips. They are a perfect doll size. Simply cut elastic to desired length, cross over, place a quick stitch in center to hold in place. Fold an end of elastic over each clip and stitch into place.
AND every doll needs its companion! I paired the Dez doll with a mini stuffed Manatee I found on eBay.