You may have noticed I haven’t posted a new Barbie dress in a little while and only digital items are available in my Etsy shop at the moment. That’s because my husband and I are currently on vacation in Rochester, NY. Today, we visited the Strong Museum of Play, in downtown Rochester, which has a nice exhibit about Barbie. According to some articles we read about the museum, they also have the papers of Carol Spencer, a former Barbie designer, in their archives (available to researchers by appointment).
Rochester, NY, is also home to a couple waterfalls and is very close to Lake Ontario. The arts community is huge here and they host many, many festivals. We’re about a week or so ahead of prime leaf peeping season, but the scenery has been gorgeous, nonetheless. And the town is full of huge victorian mansions.
Heading home bright and early tomorrow morning, and then it’s back to sewing!
If you have been drooling over the 2022 GAW Barbie Convention exclusive dolls, I have 2 sets for sale on eBay (seller name hankiechic). Love the dolls, but no room! I’m including the original outfits and acrylic throne as well, and even paying for shipping within the US.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may remember the Barbie and Ken dolls I customized for my niece’s wedding last year. This year, my Mom asked me to recreate her wedding dress for Barbie as a Christmas gift. So I borrowed her dress from her cedar chest and set to work.
My parents only have 2 photos from their wedding, and neither photo is in color, but my Mom’s dress was blue and she remembered that Dad wore a navy suit. She still has the drIed bouquet in the cedar chest and the ribbons were pink, so we’ve surmised the roses were pink as well. Neither one remembers the color of Dad’s tie or Mom’s hat, which is long gone, so I had to take some creative liberties. I thought the younger Frank Sinatra doll was a pretty good likeness for my Dad, and then found a vintage Barbie with short curly hair for my Mom. The cat eye glasses are from the Katherine Johnson doll Mattel did recently to honor the NASA mathematician featured in the movie Hidden Figures.
I used blue silk organza for the gloves, and blue netting over blue silk tissue taffeta for the dress. I took the suit from the older Frank Sinatra doll and made a new tie from the same silk as the dress.
I’ve been running low on magnetic brooches and decided to make some more. I found some adorable little resin and rhinestone bows from the Etsy shop NailArtExtravaganza that I thought would be just perfect. So I ordered them, they arrived, and wow, are they tiny! I didn’t have any magnets on hand that were small enough. So rather than order smaller magnets … I pivoted and decided to dress up some Barbie shoes. Turns out the bows are exactly the right size to decorate Barbie shoes.
All of my fashions are sewn entirely by hand with needle and thread … no sewing machines in sight. I use a back stitch with tiny stitches that give a secure and accurate seam so your fashion will fit perfectly. Each fashion is fully lined.
This dress was sewn from two hankies: a rare vintage round hankie and an embroidered hankie. The classic silhouette features a bubble skirt and shaped v-neck bodice. Dress includes an ultrasuede belt with pink buckle. Dress and belt are fastened with metal snaps. Available now in my Etsy shop.
From now through December 3, save 20% when you spend $95 in my Etsy shop. And, as always, free shipping when you spend $35 or more (US only). It’s the perfect time to buy your favorite doll a Christmas present!
The church my sister attends does a Festival of Trees event every year over the Thanksgiving weekend. Individuals choose a theme, decorate a tree in that theme, and then donate the tree for a silent auction that benefits local charities.
This year I talked my sister into a Barbie themed tree. Throughout the past year, we’ve been collecting ornaments, dolls, and a variety of Barbie items from eBay, Etsy, antique malls, dollar stores, and the GAW Barbie Convention. My mom made a tote bag, I made a tree skirt, my sister knitted a Barbie blanket, and we roped the whole family into making a variety of ornaments.
Tonight, we spent an hour and a half decorating our tree. I think someone’s little girl is going to have a very Merry Christmas!