Francie needed a new dress, so I chose a vintage hand embroidered wedding hankie in blue and white for the skirt and lined it in blue. I used coordinating blue silk tissue taffeta for the bodice and waistband. Now she’s ready for that afternoon tea party.
When Francie saw Barbie’s new party dress from the David Tutera fabrics, she requested a coordinating dress for their holiday party. Both dresses are now available in my Etsy shop.
I found the most beautiful shade of Parisian gray paint and decided it was time to refurbish another Susy Goose Barbie vanity. I also stumbled upon some rose gold paint to really make the trim pop. Some minky gray faux fur makes for a luxurious bench seat.
I also decided to make a compact for Barbie to go with the perfume bottle set. I started with some tiny locket charms I found at Hobby Lobby. I snipped off the loop on the locket with nail clippers. Then I cut to fit a little piece of plastic mirror stock from JoAnn Fabrics and glued it in place with some E6000 glue. For the final touch, I added a scrap of pink felt for the powder puff.
If you love to sew and you love Francie dolls, I have a treat for you. I’ve created a new sewing pattern for Francie. Poor Francie Fairchild only got one official sewing pattern, whereas her cousin Barbie got hundreds. I can’t even the score, but here’s my first attempt to help out. This pattern is now available in my Etsy shop.
This is a custom order for a friend. We’ve decided that if Barbie’s signature color is pink, Francie’s color is yellow. And I just so happen to have yards of yellow dupioni silk left over from another project. So it was serendipitous.
I’m discovering that Francie doesn’t have a lot of sewing pattern options. So I drafted my own pattern for this season-spanning dress. With 3/4 sleeves and a modest wrap v-neckline, the waistband of the dress sits above the natural waist and flows into a full skirt. It can be dressed up for a dinner out with a nice pair of pumps, but also works well with tennis shoes for a walk in the park.
I am planning to publish the sewing pattern for this dress, but it may be a week or so before I can get the instructions written up and ready for downloading. In the meantime, this dress is now available in my Etsy shop.
A new girl has joined my collection: Nighty Brights Silkstone Francie. It’s rather difficult to find sewing patterns for Francie. Mattel only authorized McCalls to publish one official Francie sewing pattern. I’ve found a few more unofficial patterns on Etsy. The bodice of this dress is from Mari Dewitt’s book, Vintage Clothing for the Fashion Doll. The skirt is simply a rectangle to which I’ve added an inverted pleat and gathers. And of course, it’s fully lined. Fashion includes dress, belt, hat, and magnetic brooch.
Available now in my Etsy shop.