Celine Sophisticate for Barbie, Poppy Parker, and Victoire Roux

I found this lovely vintage Celine handkerchief in my favorite color combination of peridot and turquoise. I decided to try recreating another early 1960’s sewing pattern for this dress. I plan to publish the pattern soon. In the meantime, the dress is available in my Etsy shop.

More custom orders

While I did take some time off to go antiquing this weekend, I’ve also been busy sewing some custom order dresses from vintage designer hankies. Sorry, these are already taken, but I have fabric leftover from both of these hankies, if you’re interested.

My Teacher pattern from Burberry handkerchief
Dressed to Impress pattern (modified with straight skirt) from Kenzo vintage handkerchief

New Hallmark Keepsake ornament: 1:6 scale crayon box

This weekend, I went to my local Hallmark store to see the new Hallmark Keepsake Christmas ornaments for 2021. I bought a bunch that I’ll share later, but one of my favorites is the mini box of crayons. They’re the perfect size for Barbie and they look great with my 1:6 scale Barbie paper dolls! (Paper dolls are available to download from my Etsy shop.)

I didn’t have any real crayons in the house, so here’s a pencil and scissors to show the scale of the paper dolls and crayon box ornament.

Floral Flounce for Barbie, Poppy Parker, and Victoire Roux

I drafted a new pattern this week. I was inspired by this mid-century sewing pattern, which I estimate to be from the early 1960’s.

For all you sewers out there, you know that bulky seams are to be avoided in miniature couture — they can really wreak havoc with the fit of the garment on such a tiny doll. So I decided to forgo all of the pleats on the inspiration pattern, but still give fullness to the silhouette with a gored skirt. As with any new pattern on such a small scale, I ran into a little hiccup the first time around. I originally cut the bodice and collar from the same hankie as the skirt, but I discovered I cut the collar too thin and I just wasn’t pleased with the finished look, so I didn’t complete it. Unfortunately, I had used all of the hankie the first go round, and I still had a perfectly good skirt to work with. So, I cut a new bodice and larger collar from white handkerchief linen and all was well. While the finished garment may look like a skirt and blouse, it’s actually a dress.

And yes, I do plan to publish this new pattern, but it will probably be sometime next week. In the meantime, this dress is now available in my Etsy shop.

More custom dresses

Yes, I’ve been busy again. Here are photos of 2 more custom dresses (already sold) that I’ll be shipping out tomorrow. One is from the other half of that pretty pink/red/orange Celine handkerchief (it never hurts to ask if I have enough leftover hankie to make another dress!), and the other has adorable cats (yes, I still have half of the cat hankie left).