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Mary Poppins: Details by LaSirenOfEire Mary Poppins: Details by LaSirenOfEire

**Mary Poppins is part of a private collection is and not for sale.**

Mattel's 2008 Mary Poppins doll is the foundation for Jolly Holiday Mary. Of the two, Mary needed the most amount of work.

Body:

All factory paint was removed from doll. Mary was repainted with artist quality acrylic paints in the likeness of Julie Andrews using screencaps from the movie as reference. Paint was sealed with quality varish.

Fingers were scored apart and soaked in boiling water to make flexible enough to bend with help of pliers. They were sanded when cooled to removed jagged edges. Finger nails and details of the knuckles were painted and sealed with varish.

Hair:

Doll's hair was in a hard, impossibly high knot that bent her hat in a strange way. Hair was washed several times to remove factory goo and conditioned with detangler to make combing easier. Hair was then styled using the original hair and additional synthic doll hair to recreate as close as possible Julie Andrew's hairstyle is this scene of the movie. (Translation: Hours of frustration!)

Hat:

The hat of the 2008 doll was used as the hat's base. Thanks to wire that shaped the hat it was easy to bend it into the proper shape. Shear, shimmery white ribbon was used to create to gauzy feel of the hat. The bow and chin strap used were from the (approx.) mid-90's Mary Poppins doll. Tiny pink roses were sewn on to complete the details.

Gloves:

Thankfully, nothing had to be done to the gloves which are from the mid-90s doll. The 2008 doll had mittens. =p

Parrot-headed Parasol:

From the mid-90s doll. Umbrella cane was ridiculously long and was therefore cut down down to size. Originally white, the cane and handle were painted pink as seen in the movie. Sealed with gloss varnish.
Mary can hold umbrella on her own.

Tights,shoes, and spats:

Neither doll came with usable shoes and only the earlier edition had spats. Shoes used were Barbie red high-heeled loafers. Toes of shoes were sculpted to appropriate form using air-dry clay. They were painted pink and white and sealed in gloss varnish. Spats were made by fabric. Once attached to the shoe, they were painted white to reinforce the fabric and provide a more authenic look. "Buttons" created by dotting fabric paint down the spats. Tights, which neither doll wore, are Barbie accessory tights.

Dress:

Probably the most challenging aspect of the project other than the hair. Neither doll came with a fantastic dress, especially the newest doll. However, the older version best captured the feel and look of the movie. Disappointingly, it did not and does not have the flower detailing on it. To begin with, I discarded the petticoat that came with the original dress as it was flimsy and too bright in color. The petticoat from the 2008 dress was seperated from its original and sewn into the older one giving the dress the peekaboo lace and slight pinkish hue that Julie Andrews' dress had. The ribbon in the ruffle from the 2008 dress was removed and used to lace through the ruffle on the older dress. Thin red ribbon was used to trim the cuffs. Bows from the 2008 dress were used to embellish the back of the dress and added to the collar.

Considering how limited my experience is in custom dolls, I'm ridiculously happy with the way Mary turned out.


For specific details about custom work please see indiviual dolls.

Bert: [link]

Before and After Comparisons:

Mary: [link]

Bert: [link]

Completed Mary and Bert: [link]
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:iconhyperspaceoddity:
HyperSpaceOddity Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that's really good work!
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LaSirenOfEire Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :huggle:
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HyperSpaceOddity Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome:meow:
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Saabii Featured By Owner May 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Good work! I was looking for a good pattern for my Mary Poppins dress, but it's kinda hard to find...
With this great piece of art, I can probably make my own dress!

Thanks you!!! :D

*screams*
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:iconlasirenofeire:
LaSirenOfEire Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome and thank you! :D I'm very glad this can help you. :hug:
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neohin Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
In a word: Incredible
She really looks like Judy Foster
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:iconlasirenofeire:
LaSirenOfEire Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks. :blowkiss:
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neohin Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
XD silly me. It wasn't Judy Foster...but i don't quite remember the name of the artist that plays Mary

Anyway, AWESOME work!
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:iconlasirenofeire:
LaSirenOfEire Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I missed that! :giggle: Julie Andrews played her.

:glomp:
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neohin Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
XD *i'm sooo embarassed*
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:iconlasirenofeire:
LaSirenOfEire Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:hug: Don't be. :)
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navygurl1977 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
if i weren't so poor i would ask you to make a doll out of one of my characters from my novel. but alas, i am broke, my art is terrible so art trade is out of the question (just look at my gallery :sniff: ) but...the only thing i could do would be write a story for ya , but i doubt that would suffice. anyway...enough of my selfpity...I LOVE MARY! you've made her absolutely gorgeous! bert would be happy with you! hell, i'm happy with you! i wish i could have doll like that. this, i would have to say is put together better than the professional made one i was gonna buy.
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LaSirenOfEire Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:blush: Oh, wow. I feel so undeserving of your compliments. But they are greatly appreciated. I feel really remedial in my painting ability when I see an artist like :iconnoeling: and his Tonner Mary Poppins repaint.

I ended up doing Mary and Bert because there were no dolls like this. :giggle: Have you ever thought of trying this yourself? :plotting: It's a thought. ;) I couldn't afford a custom either! Still can't actually... :laughing:

As for your gallery- KEEP drawing. You've got talent, just keeping cultivating it!!

:glomp:
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GdorChaser13 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
The time and effort is apparent, both dolls look amazing. Like they stepped right out of the movie. Kudos to you!
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LaSirenOfEire Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much- you really made my day! :hug:

Thanks for the :+fav: too!
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Phoenix-Dream-Angel Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
DAMN this is GOOD! I'm half tempted to ask you to make dolls outta my characters! O_O
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LaSirenOfEire Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aw! I'm honored that you'd consider me! Hey, if you ever wanna try that... :plotting:
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Phoenix-Dream-Angel Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I'd love to but then I'd have to figure out money or an art trade of some sort! I'd just love to see what you could do LOL :)
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LaSirenOfEire Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Art trade would do for me. :D I'd like to see what I could, too. :laughing:
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Phoenix-Dream-Angel Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Cool....now I gotta think of who I'd like to see you do.

I mean there is Isabelle who has black angel wings and demon horns....that might be a big challenge....hmmmm or there is Riyya with two fox tails and fox ears.....I'm thinking you deserve a challenge that allows you alot of creativity.

Michelle
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:iconlasirenofeire:
LaSirenOfEire Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
If Jack Sparrow doesn't suck all the creativity out of me, then the bigger the challenge the better. :D
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yesterdayzchild Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008
Goodness, you must be an extremely patient person! She's looks great! I love her shoes and the finished dress and hat are awesome!
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LaSirenOfEire Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:glomp: My mom calls it stubborn. :lol: Glad you like!
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yesterdayzchild Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008
No way--I've tried to sit down and do intricate stuff like that before and I just can't take it when materials won't cooperate... Thus, I am amazed!
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LaSirenOfEire Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I almost quit on the spats and reverted to the awful ones that came with the mid-90s doll. The fabric wouldn't stop fraying even after putting that anti-fray on. :faint:
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yesterdayzchild Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008
They're awesome! Both dolls look amazing!
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