Party Pink for Barbie, Poppy Parker, and Victoire Roux

I found a photo on Pinterest of a vintage sewing pattern from the early 1960’s and got inspired! I had already ordered this colorful vintage Celine handkerchief from the Etsy shop, Floral Street Art, which was perfect for this project. Dress on sale now in my Etsy shop.

Table and chair set by Sixth Scale Studio (purchased second hand for a steal on eBay). Ice cream and pie set is a Hallmark ornament.

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.

Waiting for paint to dry

It’s a drizzly day outside, which makes it the perfect day for crafting. I have a bunch of doll furniture stockpiled, just waiting for a new coat of paint. So I’m starting out with a vintage Susy Goose Barbie vanity and 3 Barbie Fan Club chairs. I’ve got the first coat on everything, and it will probably take 2-3 more coats before I finish with sealer. I also just got a package in the mail with a vintage Susy Goose Barbie piano that needs some love. What color shall I paint this piano …. Previously, I’ve done blue, white, cream, pink, vertigris, black, and green. Revisit one of those colors, or try something new? Suggestions? How about lilac?

Bridesmaid Envy for Barbie and friends

You know me and my love for vintage wedding hankies. The hand embroidery is incredible! But to find a wedding hankie embroidered in color is truly rare. So I used this hankie to make a bridesmaid dress to coordinate with the wedding dress already in my shop. The waistband and bow are made from sage green silk tissue taffeta to make the peach and pink flowers pop. I think the bride may be just a little jealous. 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!

1:6 scale miniature delights

Yesterday, I received a surprise in the mail. One of my friends in France saw my blog post about feves and sent me some for my dioramas! They are so cute! Be sure and notice the Barbie mirror (it even says Barbie on the back) and the adorable little shoes. Thank you, Evelyne!

And in other mini news, I found some adorable brass picture frames on Etsy that are the perfect size for Barbie. I scaled down a Robert Best sketch and printed it on card stock and glued it to the back of the frame. Then I glued a couple brass earring drops on the back for the easel stand (I bent them in half with pliers). It’s a little pricey for me to make in bulk to sell in my shop, so here’s the shop info if you want to order a frame and make your own.