Although this time I was fully cognizant. I knew what I wanted, and I went out to get it.
Thanks to Ebay, I now have my hands on the gym dolls that I loved so much when I was a kid!
14 is still a kid.
I mean, what gym fan in her right mind wouldn't want one of these?? They were bendy, and came with their own apparatuses. THEIR OWN APPARATUSES!!!
So the bars are a little 70s-ish. And the beam's a little short. And I have no idea what that girl is doing on vault.... but that's not the point. The point is, these are radical toys, and I love them.
Unfortunately, the kind lady on Ebay was only selling two out of the three. However, since I just happen to have a third on hand, I can still field a whole team! Because as we all know, it only takes three gymnasts to form a team.
My first order of business, after ripping them out of the boxes, of course, was to make them some leotards. I seriously can't stand this unitard bullcrap.
I set off to make my first leo, sewn together out of a pair of my fiance's old boxer shorts (shut up.) It should go without saying that I am a horrible seamstress, and have little to no experience with sewing at all.
So yeah... the cut is just a tad Ivana-ish. And the edges aren't what we'd call "even." So, I fixed it up a bit, added something to cover her boobs, and made some sort of strappy thing in the back to keep her leo from being all ASU-y.
Hmm, in retrospect, that actually makes it MORE ASU-y. Oh well. I suppose it's appropriate, seeing as how I went there and all. That also means I can make fun of them all I want.
Well, that first leo was a bust, so I went on to make my second one. This time, instead of using old underwear, I want for a crusty old used sock instead. Luckily, I went through an argyle phase, so I happened to have a ton of these patterned socks. A couple of snips and some loose thread later, and voila!
Her face is just a tad dirty, but her awesome leo makes up for it. Now THAT'S how you do argyle, Texas Dreams!
Three girls with fancy leos, and I finally had my team! Please notice that they all have the requisite Nastia hair-poof.
The poof, in addition to being the trend de jour, can also aid in balancing.
Oh, the possibilities! What to have them do first... I could hook them up to the rings/tramp... but I like this equipment so much more. I give myself one week before I break the grips on bars. One of the new girls also needs to sit in her splits for like a month. Being in that weird high kick position while in the box for the past 15 years has left her rubber bands a little twisted. Nothing some middle splits won't fix.
Next up: makeovers.