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.
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.
Wedding season is upon us, so I figured it was time to pull out my stash of hand embroidered wedding hankies. It’s so hard to see the incredible detail of these hankies in mere photos, but suffice it to say, this dress is covered in gorgeous embroidery. I added a waistband and bow of blue silk tissue taffeta, and a veil of antique net lace. Fair warning: I’ll be posting this dress in my Etsy shop at 8:30pm EST.
I’ve just published a new sewing pattern for a wiggle dress. Introduced in the 1950’s as the antithesis to Dior’s New Look, these sheath dresses were very narrow at the hem and accentuated the hips. My version has a v-neckline with oversize collar and 3/4 length sleeves. Available to download now from my Etsy shop.
If purple is your color, this is the dress for you! Available now in my Etsy shop.
And … it’s another new sewing pattern! This one has a very unusual bubble skirt with no gathers. As always, my sewing patterns include step by step instructions. If you ever get stuck and aren’t sure what to do next, just message me from Etsy and I’ll walk you through it. Pattern available to download now from my Etsy shop.
The skirt of this dress is based on a vintage 1950’s Vogue sewing pattern. Most bubble skirts are gathered at the top and bottom, but this one is not. The shape of the pattern piece is wholly responsible for the bubble effect at the hem. Hand sewn from a vintage Liberty of London handkerchief and hot pink silk fabric, this dress is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Plus it fits a variety of 12” fashion dolls. On sale now in my Etsy shop.
Did you like to play with paper dolls as a child? My favorite part was cutting them out! So I thought maybe Barbie would like her own set of paper dolls to play with. You can now download a printable PDF file from my Etsy shop for $2.99 that will print out two sets of mini paper dolls on one page. Each set contains a folio to house your doll and outfits, a doll, plus 6 pages of outfits (3 in full color and 3 for your doll to color). I even included extra dolls in case you make a cutting mistake. Have fun playing!
I just published a new sewing pattern for your favorite doll. I’m calling this one Awards Night, but you could easily change it to a daytime dress by switching out the skirt pattern for something shorter. On sale now in my Etsy shop.
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.