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Note from shop owner Dear visitors, my Etsy shop is closed until November 1st, 2018. Thank you for your understanding and your time! Have a wonderful Summer! With love, Maria.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on May 25, 2018

Dear visitors, my Etsy shop is closed until November 1st, 2018. Thank you for your understanding and your time! Have a wonderful Summer! With love, Maria.

Maria Borisova

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Maria Borisova

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(530)
  • Karen B on Jun 13, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    I ordered these cardigans for my Macario Ginny girls and am so happy Maria is able to work with measurements for perfect fit results. It's so nice to finally have something for these tall skinny girls to wear, very feminine and pretty, as well as beautifully made. Will be looking forward to ordering more for that doll size in the Fall. My favorite shop to buy and order from! Thanks once again, Maria! :)

  • Karen B on Jun 13, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    Love the orange with daisies! Really glad I ordered this color combo for my big MSD girls to match the smaller dolls. Perfectly made, as usual, and Maria is such a delight to work with! :)

  • Karen B on Jun 13, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    Every single cardigan is just beautiful and perfect! I love all of the color choices available to order. The tiny buttons and embroidery touches add so much to their enjoyment, and I will definitely be back for more when this shop reopens in the Fall. Thank you again, Maria!!! :)

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About

"I believe in the signs of destiny, and for me it was very symbolic, to start my new path with Fairy Style on the first day of the New Year."

I was born in Moscow, Russia. I finished 11 classes of secondary Moscow school specializing in economics and in parallel I graduated from the piano department of the Aram Khachaturian School of Music, where I had studied for 8 years. Afterwards I entered the Moscow Institute of Management, where my primary field become Trade and Commerce. Also, I work as an administrator of a travel agency’s website. I have always liked web design and website development, although I have not taken any classes - I am self-taught. I am also keen on photography, cross-stitch embroidery, postcard collecting, and enjoys painting by numbers.

I have always been enamored with hand crafts - knitting, sewing, making stuffed toys, embroidery, beadwork, and macramé. This love was encouraged by both my mother and grandmother during my childhood. My grandmother was an artist and my mother is an engineer and dog handler, but hand crafts have always been their hobby. They taught me to knit and crochet when I was 4 years old. I liked to knit hats and scarves for my dollies so they were always dressed warmly for cold Russian winters :)

In the mid-1990s my parents gave me my first Barbie and her boyfriend, Ken. I had the summer holidays and I really wanted to make a lot of clothes for them. I did not have any magazines with patterns and descriptions to help me like they do now, just the help of my mother, who suggested ideas to me and explained and described what and how to do something. My dolls had a whole knitted wardrobe! Besides dresses, I made sweaters, beachwear, ski suits - even a white wedding dress for Barbie and black tailcoat for Ken. My friends would come to me with their dolls and we would arrange real-life fashion-show parties. I had enough clothes for everyone! I was 10 years old then, and only now, telling my story, have I realized that was my first collection of knitted clothes for dolls! My love of dolls stayed with me into adulthood, making it interesting for me to see them in magazines, stores, and the Internet. Occasionally I'd receive one as a gift from a friend or as the prize in a contest. One day, I saw a knitted doll of one of my favorite actresses and couldn’t resist knitting a similar one for myself.

By the end of the 2000s, my porcelain doll collection was expanding. Then one day I discovered BJDs. I remember I saw a doll of surpassing beauty that could assume any pose and looked like a human being. Unfortunately I never found out who the artist was, but at that moment I found out what a ball-jointed doll was and realized that these were the dolls I should dedicate my life to. About a month later, in February 2009, I held my first BJD, a Dollmore MD Leah Cox (68 cm) in my hands. As is the case with some things, I couldn’t stop at one doll, and in May of that year, Fairyland LittleFee Ante, Pukipuki Pipi and Pukipuki Sugar all came to live with me. These were the girls I would knit my first outfits for.

The first piece I would ever show to the World Wide Web was a winter outfit in YoSD size for my Fairyland LittleFee Ante. I never thought that I would get so many pleasant comments and questions about making clothes on a commissioned basis. It had never occurred to me before. So on Christmas Eve 2009 I sold my first outfit to a lady from the United States. Only a few days later, on Jan. 1, 2010, I took my first order for a knitted BJD outfit. I believe in the signs of destiny, and for me it was very symbolic, to start my new path with Fairy Style on the first day of the New Year.

The first year I had a lot of orders from Russia, and Fairy Style participated in several Russian doll exhibitions and Moscow parties. After my knitted fashions were presented at LDoll, the first European BJD Festival in Lyon, France, they became well-known and loved in Europe, as well. For the next five years, Fairy Style participated in the LDoll festival with great success. After my Etsy store was opened Jan. 5, 2010, I acquired many regular customers from the United States. Now my sales come from about 30 countries - it’s incredible and I can hardly believe it! There are BJDs wearing my clothes all over the world!

I am most grateful for my mother, Tatiana, undying support. She’s always supported me in my hobbies and endeavors, and this time is no different. She has been and remains a generator of inspiration as well as my main helper in the work put into Fairy Style. Together, we dream up ideas and bring them to life in the form of BJD clothes. It’s so much fun, I absolutely love doing it! It’s a great thing to realize your main hobby in life.

Many of my clients have become good friends, which is another thing I love about it. How could I imagine, back then as a little girl, that my summer hobby of knitting clothes for Barbie would grow into a great vocation! Bringing so many positive emotions not to just me, but to many people around the world!

~ Haute Doll Magazine, March/April 2016 ~

Shop members

  • Maria Borisova

    Owner, Creator, Photographer

  • Tatiana Borisova

    Shipper, Maker

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Last updated on October 25, 2016
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