A guide to Princess Diana&Catherine Dolls

My first contact with Jody – at the time I did not realize she was already part of Diana’s Legacy and knew Danielle Deinineger the owner of Diana’s Legacy…… and I must apologize to Jody that I had not published this sooner – I got so involved in finding seamstresses that many got published before Jody’s interview – I am also sharing my first contact with Jody — I love her reaction….

“Hello —

I have seen your re-creation outfits for Princess Diana doll on eBay over the years — I have enjoyed seeing each one.

I am involved in the website Diana’s Legacy and I manage the page The Royal Doll Report.  I would like to interview you concerning the Princess Diana doll clothes you have made in the past and also obtain the address for my page to link to yours.

From: Jody Brittain <hrhjody@gmail.com>
Sent: Sunday, May 27, 2012 1:41 PM
Subject: Re: Jazzi Designs – Interview:

Really? You want to Interview ME? I am very pleased. Although I have not sewn Princess Diana doll clothes for a very long time. I would be happy to be interviewed.

Jody”

 

How did you get interested in sewing?  Especially for dolls?

I have always done a lot of different crafts, but found that I did so many I had a lot of unfinished projects. So I thought I would concentrate on just one! And that was doll clothes. I tried sewing for the American Girl Doll, but those clothes are quite boxy. And then a friend of mine, talked me into making an outfit for the Princess Diana FM Doll. Since I have followed Princess Diana ever since day one, and admired her a lot, I thought it would be quite fun to replicate some of her clothing. Whenever I hit a sewing block, my friend would get me going again, and thru chats and emails, she really was the inspiration behind my sewing. If it wasn’t for Dani, I don’t think I would of even thought of sewing for her.

What about Diana made you a fan?

I loved Diana because she was her own person, and she was not going to let anyone change her. She was a Lady with compassion.  She believed in the common people and was not untouchable.

What drove you to create the reproduction clothing for the Princess Diana dolls / and now the Duchess Catherine dolls?

To be honest I have not done any sewing for the Duchess Catherine doll yet. But I look at her gowns, and there is a bit of inspiration brewing in my mind. I really like her style. As for Diana, I have always liked her style of clothing. She made everything look good.  It was a big challenge for me to create Diana’s clothes, because there was not a pattern to fit the FM doll. Her body was unlike any of the other FM dolls, and so I had to create the patterns to make the clothing. This was not an easy task for me, and I have a lot of “oops” outfits that did not turn out just right. But eventually when I got it, the sense of accomplishment was awesome.

I am aware that at one point in time there was a gal who made fabric to match many of Princess Diana’s actual dresses but to the scale of the doll….. how do you find the fabrics you need for these reproduction outfits you make – no need to give away any secrets – just a general reply.  What & how do you search for the fabrics?

I remember when the fabrics were being made. I do not have a secret to the fabrics that I used. I scoured all the remnant bins, and bolts of fabric. I would study the pictures, and even got to see the dresses when I went on a trip to Hungary. It was totally awesome. One of the outfits I had made, the pink one with the pill box hat, I thought was a replica to a “T” but when I saw the dress in real life, I had used the wrong material. It was made out of something else totally.

What keeps you creating the outfits for these dolls?

I have not created a Diana outfit for quite some time. The last one I did was a white tennis outfit. I had worked hard on it, and it had turned out so very cute.  I tried to sell my outfits on ebay, but spent more money in fees than I was selling.  So the creativity of making the clothes slipped away.  The recession did not help either, and people pretty much quit buying “fun” things like outfits for their dolls.

But now with Duchess Catherine on the scene, who knows what will come out of the woodwork from my sewing machine.

What would be the ultimate Diana doll outfit for you to create?  Or if you have already created it – what outfit was it?

Each outfit I worked on was the “Ultimate”.  I learned a lot in recreating DIana’s Outfits.  My sewing knowledge enhanced and grew with each outfit I made. Of all the outfits I made, I do not have one that is favored over the other. But I liked making her business suits and daily clothing better than making the gowns.

None of this would have been possible without Dani Deininger though. She pushed me when I hit a road block.  We worked thru ideas together. She had the vision and I had the sewing machine.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

E-Mail:  hrhjody@gmail.com

Website:  http://www.jazzidesigns.com/index.html (This may have changed – contact Jody via her E-Mail if it has)

 

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2 Responses to The Studio – Interview with Jody Brittain Owner of Jazzi Designs – Seamstress for Princess Diana Vinyl Portrait Doll by Franklin Mint

  • Hi, maybe i’m being a off topic here, but I was browsing your site and it looks exceptional. I’m writing a blog and trying to make it look neat, but everytime I touch it I mess something up. Did you design the blog yourself? Could someone with little experience do it, and add updates without messing it up? Anyways, good information on here, very informative.

    • fordbarbiero says:

      Danielle Mcgee Deininger is the owner of the website – Diana’s Legacy – and I host The Royal Doll Report. Dani is the guru of this site address your questions to her – she can be found via facebook. Thanks!

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