Dior inspired dress for Skipper

A friend sent me a photo of this vintage dress and asked me to replicate it for Skipper. Here’s the inspiration and the finished product.

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OOAK Silkstone Barbie for charity auction at GAW Barbie Convention

I’ve started working on my OOAK Barbie doll for the charity auction at the 2020 GAW Barbie Convention. The theme is A Knight to Remember, so I’ve decided I’m making a princess Barbie. I know … so original.

I found a repaint artist to collaborate with me; her seller name on eBay is Dolls-in-Reverse. She normally repaints and/or reroots Barbie Fashionistas, but I convinced her to try repainting a Silkie for me. The doll just arrived in the mail today and I’m thrilled with the results! For her first attempt at a Silkie, I think she knocked it out of the park. I gave Mindy the color palette I wanted her to work from to coordinate with the silk fabric I’m planning to use for the dress. (What that final dress will look like … I haven’t decided yet.)

The doll was originally Suite Retreat. I love her auburn hair color, but I’ve never been a fan of her original face paint — she just looks harsh to me. But Mindy has managed to soften her look and I think she looks amazing! Here are the before and after images. What do you think?

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1:6 scale throw blankets for fashion dolls

I sew. My sister knits. We work in the same building, so we usually grab a quick lunch and then head to one of our favorite craft stores to get some exercise. Ok … shop. I look for beads, lace, fabric, etc., and she looks at yarn.

For the last couple of years, she has volunteered to go with me to the GAW Barbie Convention. So this past year, I told her she should make something for Barbie to sell out of our room. She started knitting these adorable throw blankets. One happened to end up in my box after convention and I just love how it drapes on the furniture and adds that something extra to my dioramas.

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Now, we’re making them available in my Etsy shop. There are a variety of colors, sizes, and patterns to choose from. Check them out!

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