Fabulous Forties for Barbie and Victoire Roux

A vintage 1947 McCalls sewing pattern was my inspiration for this fashion. This was that sliver of time between the end of World War II and Dior’s New Look with its nipped in waist and voluminous skirts.

During the war, fabric was scarce, so skirt length and width were restricted, as well as the width of women’s slacks. Two years after the war, fashion was just beginning to take some tiny steps forward, as evidenced by the discreet side drape on this skirt.

This fashion is available now in my Etsy shop.



Royal Blue Summer for Barbie, Poppy Parker, and Victoire Roux

I’ve added a new PDF sewing pattern to my Etsy shop … but I had to make up a sample for the pattern illustrations, so the dress is also available.

Made from Royal blue handkerchief linen, this breezy versatile style can be dressed up with elegant jewelry like a statement necklace, or worn to the beach with a big sun hat.

Both the sewing pattern and the dress are available now in my Etsy shop.


Sweet shop @ Target

I recently visited a Target store and saw the cutest sweet shop in the toy aisle. It’s advertised as an accessory for 14” Glitter Girls dolls (kind of a smaller American Girl doll knockoff), but I thought the scale looked great for Barbie. So tempted …



Ravishing in … Sapphire Blue

I had a request for a custom dress in sapphire blue in the design of the Silkstone Barbie Ravishing in Rouge dress. It was a little challenging in that I don’t own that particular dress, so I had to figure out the pattern from photos of the dress. The front is pretty straight forward with princess seams and a flared skirt. The back was a surprise, with a seam just below the waist and a very full skirt with deep pleats. All of which made for an interesting challenge to line it and not show any seam edges …. and under stitch the bottom and top edges to catch in the seam allowances and ensure a crisp edge. Very labor intensive! Hoping I got it right!



Christmas in July

I stopped by Hobby Lobby yesterday and they’ve started to put out their Christmas ornaments. There are many ornaments that make perfect miniatures for your Barbie dioramas. Simply remove the ornament hanger and you’re good to go.

And you don’t have to save all of them for your Christmas dioramas. Note the cute little sand castle!