Antique treasures

My husband and I decided to get out of the house yesterday and do some antiquing. We visited a new-to-us antique mall as well as a favorite in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We never buy much, but it’s always fun to look. I was pleased to find a booth with sewing patterns from the 1950’s – 60’s and snatched up this Vogue Couturier pattern to see if I can adapt it for Barbie (anyone heard of the designer Rodriguez of Spain?). I also found a booth with some lovely antique lace. I soaked the lace in Woolite and warm water for an hour or so to get out any dust and musty smell and then laid it flat to dry. I’m planning to layer it over silk tissue taffeta for Barbie dresses.

Blush of Night for Barbie and friends

I found this unusual embroidered lace on Etsy. It was a little pricey, but so unusual I just had to get some. The background is black net with an elaborate design embroidered in blush threads. It was made in the 1920’s for flapper dresses. Can you imagine how great that would look? But I decided to move forward a few decades and make a classic mid-century design with timeless appeal. And who better to model the dress than Silkstone Audrey Hepburn? Dress and hat available now in my Etsy shop.

Custom orders

I bet you’ve been thinking I’ve been slacking off lately, since I haven’t posted any new dresses recently. Actually, I’ve been busy with a custom order. The antique lace dresses have been very popular and sometimes the only way to get one is to request a custom order. So while these dresses are already spoken for, I thought you might enjoy a peek at what I’ve been sewing recently.

Porcelain Blush for 12” fashion dolls

I used some of the antique lace I found at the Naperville Doll Show last weekend to make a dress for your favorite doll. I layered the lace over antique rose silk tissue taffeta. I was pleased to see the color of the silk went nicely with the jewelry that came with my Elyse Jolie doll. This bodice will fit a variety of dolls from vintage Barbie to Poppy Parker. Available now in my Etsy shop.

Home again from a weekend of antiquing and a doll show

This past weekend, we antiqued our way around Lake Michigan from Southwest Michigan to Indiana and the west/northwest suburbs of Chicago. It’s amazing how many miniatures you can find in antique shops, many the perfect scale for Barbie. And I also scored some beautiful handkerchiefs and vintage lace. On Sunday, we shopped the Naperville Doll and Teddy Bear show where I found vintage Ken and Skipper sewing patterns (I already had copies of the vintage Barbie patterns I found there), more lace and hankies, and a Silkstone lingerie Barbie #6, never removed from her box. Plus we got to visit one of my favorite customers, stop by the Windy City Dolls shop in Geneva, Illinois, to see Barb, the proprietor, and help my nephew find some furnishings for his new apartment. All in all, a wonderful trip!

Antique shops we visited included: Great Lakes Antique Mall, Coloma, Michigan; The Antique Market, Michigan City, Indiana; Jackson Square Antique Mall, LaGrange, Illinois; Affordable Antiques & More, Naperville, Illinois; Antiques of Winfield, Winfield, Illinois; Antique and Chic, Winfield, Illinois; Oakton Street Antique Center, Arlington Heights, Illinois; Geneva Antique Market at the Berry House Shops, Geneva, Illinois; Antique Market I, St. Charles, Illinois; and Coachman Antique Mall, LaPorte, Indiana.

Here are some pictures of the treasures I found.

Lots of gorgeous lace!
Hankies galore!
Hand painted miniature ceramics: salt shakers to make into lamps, vases, cake salt and pepper shakers, and a clock
A quarter sawn oak library table, a metal rack to store miniatures, and a 3 tier plastic rolling bin.
Silkstone lingerie Barbie #6
Found in the basement at the Coachman Antique Mall in LaPorte, Indiana, on our way home. Could not get it all in one picture! Doll boxes were stacked about 6 deep from floor to ceiling! Tons of furniture, vehicles, and accessories, as well as bins full of Barbie clothes. I honestly don’t know how they got it all in there. If you’re looking for Barbie stuff, this is a must see!

Lacy Encounter for Silkstone Barbie and friends

I found another length of black embroidered tulle lace on eBay, so I decided to pair it with some baby blue silk tissue taffeta. Modeled on a 1950’s sewing pattern, this dress features a fitted silhouette with 3/4 sleeves and an oversized collar on a v-neckline. I added a detachable ultrasuede belt with rhinestone buckle and a fabric bow at the neckline for a little more pizzazz. Available now in my Etsy shop.

Blush Whisper for Barbie, Poppy Parker, and Victoire Roux

I managed to get one more dress from that gorgeous piece of antique lace. This time I layered it over blush silk and fastened the back with tiny Swarovski pearls over metal snaps. I thought we’d try something different with this dress. I’m posting the pictures here on my blog first. Then at 4:30pm EST today, I’ll list the dress in my Etsy shop. So be quick on the draw at 4:30pm, because I think this dress may go quickly!

Alice Blue for Barbie, Poppy Parker, and Victoire Roux

Some dresses are harder to let go of than others. This is one of those dresses. Pictures don’t do it justice. I found this gorgeous antique lace and layered it over blue silk tissue taffeta. To make it extra special, the back is fastened with genuine mother of pearl buttons over metal snaps. Available – for now – in my Etsy shop. Hurry before I change my mind.