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Abby

Abby Close-Up

Doll Line

18" Sew Able Dolls

Manufacturer/Distributer

Sew Dolling, LLC

Artist

Not acknowledged

Production Years

2003 -- present

Size

18"

Body Type

Soft body, fully jointed. The unique feature of these dolls is the above-knee and below-knee prostheses. Some dolls are available without the prostheses but with a bald head (wig included), intended for children going through chemotherapy. You can also buy the dolls without prostheses or a bald head.

Eyes

Sleep eyes.

Hair

Wig. Nice quality.

Identifying Markings

Body tag. Hospital ID bracelet. 

Retail Price

$115

Clothing/Accessories

Outfits are available separately, including doctor/nurse outfits as well. Excellent line of physical therapy and hospital accessories including a metal wheelchair, crutches, arm braces, parallel bars, etc.

Clothing Fit

American Girl clothes fit this doll extremely well. 

Dolls in Series

Many (9 with prostheses, 3 with bald head, 3 with neither). Recently they have added a boy too!

Books?

None 

Sources

Sew Dolling

For More Information

There is a great deal of information on the manufacurer's website, including instructions on attaching the prostheses correctly.

Sew Able and American Girl body comparison

 

The idea behind the Sew Able dolls is very admirable. Children who have had amputations or who have lost their hair from cancer treatment can have a doll who they can relate to. Children without disabilities, especially if they know a child with them, can have a doll that they can bond with and interact with in order to understand the challenges these children must face.

Here is a statement from the developer of these dolls:

"We have been working on this idea for several years now and it has finally become a reality.  The dolls started from an idea and were molded and changed again and again until there was a final design.  From the dimples in the face to the hand-painted porcelain look, to the complex prosthetics made to fit them, they were all designed from a dream.  There is a hope that one day all children will have a better understanding and acceptance of us each as unique individuals.  We all have differences that make us who we are.  Now with a patent in the U.S. and internationally, these dolls have finally arrived!  We hope you will enjoy them  :)  They will need a lot of love and attention as all children do ! 

We will be donating a portion of the sales that are made from the dolls to hospitals that help children."

The dolls themselves are very good quality as are the clothes. They can share clothes quite well with American Girl dolls with the exception of some pants because of their more widely spaced legs. The physical therapy accessories you can buy for these dolls look exceptional! For instance, there is a metal wheelchair ($55) which looks wonderful and would fit other 18" dolls just as well. (The American Girl wheelchair, for reference, is plastic.)

These dolls are expensive at $115 but they were pricey to develop and are very limited edition. They are not cutsie-sweet enough to appeal to the mass market, but for the right child, this doll may be just the friend she needs to help her through a difficult time.

Copyright 2005 Maria Greene All Rights Reserved

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