Tuesday, August 05, 2008

doll clothes part 1

Ok, brace yourself. I know these might be a little scarey to some, but these were my beloved Barbie clothes growing up and I still love them.


Are your eyes bleeding yet? I don't know if you can still buy it, but these were sewn from patterns printed directly onto the fabric, with all the instructions printed on the waste fabric. Like this:


Isn't that cool? Clothkits does something like this for kids' clothing. I really like the concept, but part of me also feels like it takes some of the fun out of sewing; your dress will look like anyone else's dress when it's done, since everyone uses the same pattern and fabric.

But anyway, back to the doll clothes.


Did you take a good look at that faux patchwork fabric on the left? It just screams 1976 to me. Not to mention the "colonial" dress in the middle. Because everyone during the revolution walked around with illustrations of soldiers on their gowns, don't you know. So, so awesome.

17 comments:

  1. Crack up! My mother-in-law sews 'Barbie' dresses from vintage patterns for my daughter to play with. What a fun post!

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  2. Can't wait to see part 2!!

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  3. Very sweet (even if it is Barbie). I was late into Barbie and inherited many dolls and clothing from a teenage girl who no longer was into dolls. Lucky me. I think I recognize that American revolution dress.

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  4. When I was about 7 or 8 (in the 80s)I learned to sew using vintage1960s Barbie patterns from my grandmother. Sewing big things was easy after sewing those tiny things. I still have those patterns and will teach my girls when they are a little older. Great post, looking forward to part 2!

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  5. I love the little clothes! I had a lot of Clothkits clothes as a child - they were just the most amazing colours and patterns and the highlight of each season was getting to chose something new!! I still have my Kitty Doll and her clothes at home!

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  6. Those are so awesome! They remind me of my aunt's Barbie clothes from the 70's that I got to play with as a child. They are actually way more modest and appropriate for Barbie than her clothes nowadays, too.

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  7. Oh my. The colonial dress is the greatest little thing ever!

    I learned how to sew for Barbie as a little kid as well. It's funny seeing some of the pieces now- there was one balldown with a lined bodice that was sooo messed up. Thankfully Barbie didn't mind so much, and I don't think I had the slightest clue it wasn't correct- I was probably about 10 when I made it. Aaah, to stay that innocent about sewing mistakes. ;)

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  8. These are awesome. I loved Barbie and one of my best memories is my mom coming home from a garage sale with a little travel trunk full of Barbies and her many outfits (many handmade). It was Christmas in July.

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  9. I love them and I remember doing the same thing with my doll clothes. fun stuff

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  10. they are so, so awesome! i'll have to dig out my midge and ken clothes. there's a flickr group for them too!!

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  11. I totally recognize that faux patchwork.

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  12. So cute! I wished I had saved my Barbie stuff. I like the Clothkits for dolls.

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  13. EXACTLY, exactly like the ones that my Mom made me! I so hope she has saved them! Love this post!

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  14. i'm pretty sure joelle and i had at least some of these!

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  15. very nice
    I want to know more then
    peace..

    mad2vania vania love blog

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  16. Anonymous3:16 AM

    Love the bright colors! At first glance, I thought the 2 dresses had been made by fussy cutting vintage handkerchiefs. Maybe I could re-create your beauties that way. Thanks for sharing and being such a fantastic inspiration.
    Delia in RB

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