Holiday Hostess for Silkstone Barbie, Poppy Parker, and Victoire Roux

Fashion is sewn entirely by hand (my hand, needle, and thread … no machines in sight) from two beautiful vintage hankies. The dress is made from a printed Christmas hankie. Dress has a scoop neck with fitted bodice, bell sleeves, and fit and flare skirt. Back is fastened with tiny red buttons over metal snaps. The inside of the dress is lined in cotton fabric. The apron is made from a vintage hand embroidered hankie with a delicate scalloped edge. Fashion includes dress, rhinestone brooch, and apron only. Available now in my Etsy shop.

Just for fun, how many Christmas ornaments did I use in this diorama?

1:6 scale furniture finds

I’m always on the lookout for new miniatures to dress-up my dioramas, so I was pleased to find some new treasures recently. First up are these adorable 3D printed side tables from eBay seller sir-click. The shop has quite a variety of items including some modern Ikea style pieces, but I love the vintage feel of these tables. And, if you don’t want to wait until bidding ends, just message the seller and he’ll make a custom listing for you.

I also finally got a vintage Sindy doll chest of drawers After drooling over them for a year or so. Also found on eBay from a seller in England. I gave it a good wash and freshened up the gold accents with some new paint.

Summer’s End for Silkstone Barbie and Victoire Roux

A few weeks ago, I made a long sleeve dress from this unusual hankie. The dress took up most of the interior of the hankie, but I had quite a bit of the border left over. I couldn’t just throw it away, so I played around with some different pattern pieces and was just able to fit this dress on the remaining scraps of the hankie.

A tip for you sewers out there … I cut my pattern pieces from tracing paper. It’s more durable than tissue paper but you can still easily see the design of the fabric through the pattern piece. This makes it easier to place the different print elements of the fabric you’re using exactly where you want them in the finished garment. I bought a huge roll of tracing paper years ago and I’m still using that original roll. I’ve started compiling outlines of the pattern pieces I use the most in a notebook. When a pattern piece gets lost, ripped, or tattered, I simply trace a new one from my notebook.

Middleton for Silkstone Barbie, Poppy Parker, and Victoire Roux

This dress is inspired by the lovely summer dresses we’ve seen worn by Kate Middleton, AKA the Duchess of Cambridge, recently. Sewn entirely by hand from a vintage hand embroidered wedding hankie, this style features a scoop neck, fitted bodice, bell sleeves, and a fit and flare skirt. Tiny Swarovski pearls accent the neckline and button the back. A removable silk sash accents the waist. Available now in my Etsy shop.

Blue Bells for Silkstone Barbie, Victoire Roux, and Poppy Parker

I decided to try out a few new pattern elements on this dress of lightweight blue handkerchief linen. Sleeve variations seem to be the thing in the past couple of years, so added a small bell at the sleeve ends. Along with a pleated bodice, I added some draped pleats along one side of the fitted skirt, and a pleated drape. A magnetic blue rhinestone brooch accents the bodice. Available now in my Etsy shop.

Blue Bells