Friday, July 18, 2014

Review of the 2014 Patsyettes: Spun Sugar and Basic Patsyette

I'm afraid I had to rename these two dolls.  They are now "Blue Lace Explosion" Patsyette and "Little Irish Girl" Patsyette.

Blue Lace Explosion ... well, obviously.  Just look at her in her girlie, froufy cuteness.  I want to make a white apron for the dress to make her into a tiny Alice in Wonderland.  I want to search a toy store for a tiny white rabbit to put in a waistcoat, because of course I do.  She's so Alice-y and precious.

Her hair is quite a nice color ... a natural wheat blonde, not Barbie yellow.  I actually love the dress.  It's perfect for her in so many ways, and it comes with cotton panties underneath, and tiny white socks and shoes.  The blue ribbon in her hair is sewn to her head, but could be removed with a couple of snips.

The dress is nicely sewn, and snaps in the back.  There is no separate petticoat.   The real name of this doll is Spun Sugar Patsyette ... I guess I should mention that, for the sake of Google searches.  LOL.

Little Irish Girl was named because every time I see dark red hair, I think of my freckled Irish grandmother.  She had this exact same hair color naturally.  (Yes, I was jealous.)  Being the basic Patsyette doll (i.e. not in a full outfit), I had to try her in a couple of Tiny Betsy dresses.  I love her in the blue plaid!  She's so perfect in it that it looks like she should have come with this outfit. 

The longer, mauve dress (below) is a Tiny Betsy dress called "Wednesday's Child."  I don't like it on my little Irish girl quite so much.  It's a touch too high-necked, and makes this poor little girl look like she doesn't have a neck.  LOL!  She looks much better in the blue plaid.  I'm sorry, but I don't know the name of the blue plaid dress, only that it was made for the 8" Tonner Tiny Betsy doll. 

Basic Patsyette comes with white lace tights and tiny black plastic shoes.  The dolls don't come with stands, but they can actually stand on their own unassisted, if the surface is flat.

I'm in love with their faces!  They have simply beautiful faces.  Being (partly) a review blog, though, I do want to mention the one flaw I feel the 2014 Patsyettes have:  their arms!  If you've been following this revival of the Patsyette line, you know they were put on the 8" Tiny Betsy body.  It's not a terrible body, but certainly not the best the Tonner Doll Company has ever offered, either.  (Technically, this is an Effanbee doll, but the same person owns both companies.)   The arms are straight and have no elbow jointing, but my biggest issue with them is they seem a touch too short.  This bugged me at first, until I got used to the look.  Besides this, though, they have great shoulder rotation and can swing their arms out sideways, as well as up and down.  If Tonner redid their arms, it would make a huge different to this doll line.  Maybe I need to swamp the company with requests for better Patsyette arms.  Hmmm.

The legs do have bending knees.  The legs cannot swing outward from the hip like a lot of Tonner dolls, but merely bend forward or backward at both the hips and the knees.  They can sit perfectly in tiny doll chairs.  There aren't a lot of ways you can pose their legs, but at least they can sit nicely, and in a lady-like fashion ... no splayed legs.

I love their size!  They're 8" tall (20cm).  I'll have to do some size comparison photos later, but it's now rainstorming outside, and I'm not able to take any more pics today.  (I was barely able to get these pictures before the storm started.)  I want to compare them to the size of a Helen Kish Riley doll, but the only one I have is buried deep in a closet.  I'll have to dig her out to do a size comparison.

I just did a Part 2 to this review.  You can find it here.

Full body view.
Random eyeball shot, just so you can see the painting up close.

Omigosh, the cuteness!  The cuteness ... it burns!


  1. The 10" Ann Estelle (and Patsy) body just got bent elbows recently, so hopefully the Patsyettes will get something soon.

  2. I wish they'd just retire the Tiny Betsy body completely, and re-make it to be prettier, with better articulation, but with the same torso proportions so they can still wear the current Tiny Betsy clothes. That's my current dream!

  3. The original Tiny Betsy McCall dolls had an almost insurmountable esthetic flaw: a huge domed forehead coupled with a sausage bang that accentuated her big forehead. Betsy's eyes were pretty, though, and her small smile provided a sweet expression. Most appealing was her dainty size, slender arms and legs, and nicely jointed knees. Those peaked Mary-Jane shoes are still so cool! At the time, no other doll company came close to the consistent variety, quality, and taste of Vogue doll fashions, but the Betsy McCall outfits were darling and well made. It was exciting when Tonner issued a new version of BMcC and there is much about her that is pleasing. However, that bitter slash of a mouth mars her sweet face with something of a matronly, Joan Crawford appearance. Repro Tiny Betsy McCalls probably benefit more than any other doll from the talent/interpretation of the artist painting their features (assembly line or not.) This mercy can produce a subtle gamut of expression and personality that's actually surprising. For modern Tiny Betsy McCall dolls, I shop face by face. For older ones, a better quality, more generous wig in the original Tiny Betsy McCall style would be a wonderful find. Thanks, again, for this delightful blog!