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My daughter is arts and craft mad and has just got to the stage where she is becoming interested in fashion and now telling me what she is and isn't going to wear. I spotted this kit whilst looking for ideas for her birthday last month and thought this would be something she would really enjoy.
This is the starter kit, there are larger kits available and other kits to add to it but this contains a good amount of items to get you started.
In the kit there are 2 mannequins, 2 spatulas, 6 pieces of fabric, 4 sticker sheets, 7 belts, 3 charms and a bag to keep all your bits and pieces in.
What drew me to this is the simplicity of it, you don't have to cut, sew or machine anything to design clothes for the mannequins, it is all done by tucking the fabric in at the back of the mannequin, all the details such as buttons and gems are stick on so these are easy to do and are all reusable too so there are endless design ideas you can created with this and hours of fun to be had.
My daughter thoroughly enjoys playing with this kit, it is something she can do alone or we can do together, it is really easy for her to do and she has lots of fun creating new designs, I would recommend this to any one who is fashion mad and likes designing things,
There are lots of kits available and some have different themes to them, they are not too badly priced starting at around £10 but do go up to around the £40 mark depending on the style of the kit you choose
Little Miss had seen this advertised before Christmas and it quickly went on her Christmas wish list. It was launched in July 2009, and when i looked into it a bit more seemed a great art and craft concept, allowing girls who are starting to take an interest in fashion to still be creative little people.
**What is it?**
This is basically a fashion play set which lets children use special mannequins to create a variety of new fashion looks. There's no need for a needle and thread, scissors and glue, all that is required are some pieces of fabric which fix on to the the silicon strip on the back of the mannequins. Users simply tuck the fabric inside and they're fixed.
**Product and Packaging...**
The craft set comes in a plastic and card box with information and pictures on the back of the box showing what can be made and how they can be made. Inside the box there are two mannequins- one pink and one white, as well as ready cut material in a range of colours (some plain and some patterned), sequins, belts, bows and flower stickers, belts and small charms which can be used as necklaces or similar (they look like ear rings but there are no ears!!). Everything is reusable, even the accessories which stick to the fabric, so the possibilities for design are numerous.
The enclosed information leaflet gives lots of ideas for using the fabrics and the accessories and shows how to do different designs, including ruffled designs, layered look and A line. It's quite a "busy" leaflet with lots of pictures so we found it was best to have a quick look at it for ideas and then just get on with it.
Also included in the set are two spatulas with flat edges which are used to push the fabric into the seam at the back of the mannequin. This is the bit where the material is gripped firmly and makes no needle and thread necessary. The spatulas themselves are quite sturdy and the length of the handles makes them easy to manipulate
**How to use the set...**
The basic principal is very simple. The pieces of material are ready cut at the right size for skirts tops and dresses and so all we have to do is wrap it round the manneguin, and using the implement provided, tuck it into the gap at the back. Once this is done, then it's the fun bit- adding the accessories and bits and pieces to call it your own.
**Price and Availability...**
The starter pack starts at around the £20 mark, and the sets are available at www.amazon.co.uk as well as in toyshops.
**Other bits of information...**
When designs are finished then they can be shown on the Harumika website, www.harumika.eu. , although first you have to register which requires parental consent.
Little Miss has really got into this concept and loves the fact that she can use and reuse the cloth pieces and also the accessories. The kit is simple to use and because there is no needle and thread I don't constantly have to be on hand to keep an eye on things and to thread the needle. It's a great idea to keep children amused and creative without too much adult intervention and mess- this way they can really go to town!
I would recommend this for anyone who is feeling a bit creative and as a great value gift.
Thanks for reading.
The toy I will now review was the only real thing my daughter asked for Christmas, with my darling mother jumping in a stealing my idea before I could even get on Amazon to purchase it.......I love family!
The toy I will now review is - "Harumika"
The general idea behind this particular toy is the child becomes the fashion designer.
Within the set you get two 4" plastic dress mannequins, complete with a 2" long hole running down the back of the dummy.
Also included is a spatula (the purpose of which will be revealed very soon), 6 rectangular pieces of material, all brightly coloured and completely different in design, 6 belts (the perfect size for the mannequins), sheets of stickers (2d and 3d) and a small length of gold tie material (which looks like a miniature version of the beads you get for you Christmas trees).
The drawing part of this particular set was the fact that it doesn't require glue or sewing of any kind, and also the fact that the material could be used in a design then removed and re-used for another outfit, meaning the toy has a much longer shelf life than others that are similar!
To use the method is simple yet really effective, the material can be wrapped around the mannequins body, then gently tucked into the hole on the back of the dummy with the spatula, within the hole there is a silicone strip that holds the material snuggly, but then is easy enough to remove when ready to change the outfit.
Once the outfit is designed as you want it, it is time to accessorise!
The stickers and belts can be used in a multitude of ways, either adding an extra dimension to the outfit, or to add colour and detail to the dummy itself, all of which can be easily removed after use and re-used again and again.
The next draw, for my daughter anyway, is the fact that once you have designed your fantastic and original outfit, you can simply go online to - www.harumika.eu
Then to join up and register to the free website, then simply upload photographs of your designs, thus entering you into the weekly competitions for best designs.
Pricewise, and considering that it is a completely re-usable set, is still quite extreme for the contents included, with my mum paying around the £35 range, though when she brought it, in October, they had nearly sold out of sets on www.amazon.co.uk
If you, like me, has a little designer in your home, this is ideal for them, with my daughter and my two younger nieces having a fab time designing an outfit..........though when they had finished I think even Jodie Marsh may have thought twice about wearing it!
Thanks for reading x