Mod Schoolgirl for Barbie and friends

I had a request to make a couple of 1960’s mod dress patterns. Usually, I draw inspiration from the 1940’s to the early 1960’s, with my sweet spot somewhere around 1956-57 when so many interesting details were happening in full skirts. I looked through my stash of vintage Barbie sewing patterns and did find a few with those angled darts indicative of that ‘60’s mod era, but I was not happy with the fit (or lack thereof). So after a botched attempt, I went back to my own tried and true basic pattern and started from scratch. If you look closely, you’ll see I did incorporate a lightly curved empire seam for interest, and opted to make the sleeve part of the bodice piece for ease of sewing. And who doesn’t like a kicky beret to finish the look. Dress available now in my Etsy shop. Sewing pattern coming soon.

Inspiration photo
Finished dress by Hankie Chic

Pocketful of Posies for Barbie and friends

I’ve just finished a new dress, inspired by several vintage sewing patterns from the 1950’s. I’m really getting into unusual necklines lately. But the best part is … pockets! Who doesn’t like a dress with pockets? Especially for our articulated dolls. This dress is sewn entirely by hand from a vintage Ralph Lauren handkerchief, coordinating pink polka dot fabric, and fully lined in China silk. Dress and hat available now in my Etsy shop. Watch for the pattern, coming soon.

Blooms and Bows for Barbie and friends

I’ve been working on custom orders for Christmas but decided to take a break from red and green with some refreshing pink courtesy a vintage Ralph Lauren handkerchief. And for those already over the snow and cold weather, I made a cute strapless dress with a full skirt inspired by the fashions circa 1956-57. Available now in my Etsy shop.

And just for fun, here’s a look at some of the custom Christmas outfits I’ve made recently. Sorry, these have already been sold.