Alice Blue for Francie

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.

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Refurbished Susy Goose Barbie vanity

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.

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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.

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New sewing pattern for Francie

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.

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Roses are Periwinkle for Francie

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.

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Pop of Pink for Francie

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.

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