I love browsing through vintage patterns on Etsy. This week, I found a dress pattern from the early 1960’s that has an unusual off the shoulder draped sleeve that becomes a collar in the back. I decided to give it a go and see if I could figure out how to recreate it. After a couple attempts at the sleeve/collar, I finally got it figured out. I hope to publish the pattern soon. But in the meantime, the dress is now available in my Etsy shop.
This fashion was sewn entirely by hand from a vintage Barbie handkerchief, and cotton lining fabric. If you look closely, you’ll see Barbie’s silhouette amongst the flowers. Inspired by a vintage 1960’s sewing pattern, dress is fully lined and fastened with tiny pink buttons over metal snaps. Jacket is fully lined and fastened with buttons over hooks and thread loops. Available now in my Etsy shop.
I had just enough of this antique silk net lace to make one more dress. So this time, I paired it with amethyst silk tissue taffeta. The neckline lends itself to an extravagant necklace, so if you’ve got a special piece of jewelry to show off, this is a great style for your doll. Available now in my Etsy shop.
Time for a pink palate cleanser! I found some gorgeous antique silk net lace that I just knew would look gorgeous layered over some turquoise silk shatung. I had trouble getting the photos to show just how rich and luxurious this dress is, so you’ll just have to take my word for it. Available now in my Etsy shop.
I’m often asked where I find the adorable pearl and cameo necklaces I feature with many of my fashions. Several years ago, my mom picked me up the 2000 Wedgwood Barbie doll (dressed in blue) at a garage sale, and I fell in love with the necklace. I then found the pink Wedgwood Barbie necklace on eBay and added it to my collection. The clasps are a bit challenging to fasten and unfasten because you have to hook them in 3 places and I thought the cameos were a tad large for Barbie. So when I stumbled across an Etsy shop with smaller cameos on little chains for Barbie, I contacted the shop owner and asked if she’d be interested in trying to recreate the Wedgwood Barbie cameo necklaces with 3 pearl strands, but with easier clasps. I sent her pictures of the necklaces and she agreed to give it a go. Since then, she’s been offering the necklaces in her Etsy shop in a variety of cameo and metal colors, and in different sizes. She makes chokers and necklaces (which I prefer), with and without a pearl drop. I think I may have almost every color now. If you would like a cameo necklace for your doll, visit DollJewelsByApril.Etsy.com. You’ll be glad you did!
Here’s the last dress from the pretty YSL handkerchief. This dress is specially made to fit the smaller busted ladies. Available now in my Etsy shop.
I’ve just published a new sewing pattern based on a vintage shelf bust dress pattern. Now available in my Etsy shop.
Here’s dress #2 from the YSL handkerchief. I drafted a new bodice for this dress, based on a vintage 1950’s “shelf bust” sewing pattern. Watch for the sewing pattern, coming soon. Dress available now in my Etsy shop.
And just like that, we’re back to pink! For this lovely border print handkerchief by YSL, I decided on a versatile style that will fit a variety of 12” fashion dolls. I took pictures of the dress on 4 different body types and it fit them all beautifully. Available now in my Etsy shop.
Sometimes after sewing a lot of pink dresses, one needs a cleansing breath of blue. Dress available now in my Etsy shop.