One of my frequent customers has Silkstone Barbies and other fashion dolls — most dressed in Hankie Chic fashions —up for auction. It’s an online auction with live bidding on September 18. Each listing seems to be for 2 or more redressed dolls — and there are a lot of listings! If you missed out on a particular Hankie Chic fashion or Silkstone doll in the past few years, there’s a good chance you’ll find it here. Follow the link below to check it out.
At Hobby Lobby today, I found these cute little witch hat hair clips that are the perfect size for Barbie. I simply removed the hair clip and cut a circle in the bottom so the hat fits nicely on Barbie’s head.
If you’ve been eyeing something in my shop, I’ve got good news for you. Everything at HankieChic.Etsy.com will be on sale this weekend, plus free shipping on orders over $35. The sale starts tomorrow. Have fun shopping!
For the first time, I’m making one of my original sewing patterns available in my Etsy shop. This dress is inspired by a vintage 1950’s Simplicity sewing pattern. It’s a digital download, so you seamstresses can get right to work! Pattern pieces include 1/4” seam allowances and I tried to write very thorough directions. Check it out here: Belle Bow pattern
Let’s face it, Barbie loves her shoes. But it can be hard to keep track of them and find their mates. I was using a series of bags and boxes to store her collection, but I had a hard time seeing all of the pairs at once. So I decided it was time to organize them a little better. I picked up a couple bead storage boxes at my local craft store and then spent a couple evenings organizing shoes by color. Wish I’d done this sooner!
The delightful Doris Day passed away today at age 97. For those of you who may not know, Doris was a dancer turned singer and actress who starred in some of my favorite movies from the 1940’s – 1960’s. While she may be most well known for her romantic comedies with Rock Hudson, I also adore her onscreen chemistry with James Garner (The Thrill of it All and Move Over, Darling). Her laugh is so genuine and infectious! While she is known for musicals and light comedies, she was also a truly fine dramatic actress (Love Me or Leave Me, Midnight Lace, and Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much).
Spending the day today watching some of her lesser known movies with David Niven (Please Don’t Eat the Daisies), and Jack Lemmon (It Happened to Jane).
For you doll collectors, Mattel issued the Doris Day and Rock Hudson Pillow Talk doll set in 2011. You can still find the set on Amazon.
When the Proudly Pink 60th anniversary Silkstone Barbie came out earlier this year, I wasn’t quick enough and she sold out. But I kept checking the Mattel website and she finally got restocked. In fact, she was even on sale. So I snapped her up and she arrived this week. I love her pink hair. I’m looking forward to making her a new outfit that’s not quite so pink.
For my birthday, I received Carol Spencer’s new book, Dressing Barbie. The photos are great, but I loved reading Carol’s story about her career as one of Barbie’s fashion designers. What a fun career! I highly recommend the book.