|an old love rediscovered|
It all happened when I visited a local flea market. There was this old barbie-doll, lying on the floor. Not very clean, hair a real mess. But what caught my eye, was the hand-knitted dress she had on. It was a beautiful purple dress, half knitted and half crochet, with a small purse and a nice hat.
|I combed her hair and broke the comb.|
|a lovely hat, finished with an elastic band and a cute flower|
|perfect bodice, a lovely stich is used|
|I had this Stacey,|
|for my birthday in 1972 this hair growing barbie|
|Ken belonged to my sister. She would never lend him to marry one of my dolls !|
|My sister had a Francie, a brunette|
|the last one I got was Malibu barbie|
And on sunday afternoon, we crafted many dresses with leftover scraps of fabric, and designed the most outragous outfits. (I'm talking Seventies here, when everything silly was possible - remember Abba ?)
That's when I learned about shaping with 'darts', making buttonholes, adding hooks and eyes, sewing hems, .... you name it, I found out about it. All thanks to barbie. I never used a paper pattern, didn't know it existed... We just cut and folded on the doll itself.
We also knit stuff, and crochet ruffles and ribbons to put on the dresses, and unvented many ways to increase, and decrease, and mix the most impossible colours together. We were happy with a new ball of wool, some left over handed down to us from grandmother or mother.
Anyway, I wondered if I still had it in me. So all last week I've been knitting and sewing barbie stuff. My husband and sons are wondering if there's anything seriously wrong with me, or if it's just a little nostalgic craze...
these are pics of my designs, probably more will follow. Barbie fever isn't over yet....
|a circle skirt, lots of fabric needed|
|I used small straps of velcro to close it.|
|She can get away with this sexy decolleté|
|a solution for big hair...|
|how cool is that ?|
|a summer dress|
|with a little belt|
|in gold, ready to party !|
Greetings from a big barbie fan !