New sewing pattern for Barbie and friends

I’ve had so much fun making up dresses from this sewing pattern, that I haven’t taken the time to write instructions until now. Hopefully you sewers out there will forgive me, as the pattern is now available to download from my Etsy shop.

Hot Bouquet for Barbie and friends

I was sent this vintage handkerchief as a free gift with an order and I fell in love at first sight. Designed by Valentino Rudy of Italy, I find the border of the hankie most intriguing. However, the border isn’t very wide, and my skirt pattern just fit with about 1/16” to spare. Luckily I had some coordinating hot pink fabric to use for the bodice. Dress is available now in my Etsy shop.

Did you notice the adorable little traveling case in the photo? I found that in another Etsy shop, WandysWhims. It’s made from the same Riley Blake Barbie fabric that I use for my mini pillows. Such an inspired use of the fabric, and so well made!

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.

New sewing pattern for Barbie

I just finished writing directions for my new sewing pattern, Mid-Century Classic. Inspired by a vintage Butterick pattern from the late 1950’s-early 1960’s, the dress features a scoop neck, cap sleeves, and a straight front panel attached to a very full skirt. I love the illustration that shows lace as the full part of the skirt. I may have to try that! Pattern available now in my Etsy shop.

Lanvin Roses for Barbie and friends

I go out of my way to match plaids (thanks, Mom), but the bodice on this dress was pure serendipity. I love how the sketched rose joins with the full color roses and looks entirely planned. This dress is hand sewn from a vintage Lanvin handkerchief. Inspired by a vintage 1950’s sewing pattern. Available now in my Etsy shop.