Monday, June 8, 2020

80's Glam

  Today is all about the 80's. 
My very first Barbie ever was Dreamtime Barbie (1984). She remains in my collection to this day and will always hold a special place in my heart. 
All photo's are from my personal collection. Enjoy a trip through the 80's 

Dreamtime Barbie

Dreamtime, Magic Moves & Peaches n Cream

Dream Glow Barbie & Ken

Magic Moves

Rocker Barbie version 1

Rocker Barbie version 2

Nurse Whitney
Happy Birthday Barbie 1980

Pretty Changes 1978 (not 80's I know!)

Astronaut Barbie 1985

Cool Times Midge 

Angel Face Barbie

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Francie Gets A New Outfit

For this out fit I used McCall's 9099 pattern. This was the first time I've sewn an outfit for Francie. I love the hat & boots. 

Photo Shoot

It's raining here today in the Waikato, New Zealand. What better way to spend a rainy day than inside with my favourite dolls. 
Here's a few pictures of the girls & boys in my vintage collection.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Sewing Session and Farewell 2019

Well it's been sometime since I've managed to free up a moment or two to do some sewing!

2019 was a very busy year indeed with the operation of two businesses and a family! Dear I say, poor old Barbie had been put on the back burner until further notice! (Well, through out the year there had been a couple of  'Barbie purchases')

It wasn't until around December that I decided to pull the girls out of hibernation and then the sewing bug hit me! 

First up, my most recent Barbie purchases (TNT Barbie & 2 Hair Fair Barbies) were in dire need of some clothing as they arrived from half way around the world and landed on my doorstep in their birthday suits!

These girls arrived in New Zealand for USA
Clothes are from my collection

Due to not having one single piece of 'MOD' clothing in my collection, I decided to create something a little bit 'MOD' for my new favourite girl, TNT Barbie

The mesh 'GO GO' dress turned out not too bad! There's lots more sewing to be done for this girl and also some hunting for some original 'MOD' Barbie clothes. 

And with that dress sewn, that's the end of 2019. Farewell!! 

Time to move onto Miss Hair Fair (plantnum blonde)

For this girl I loved the look of the cherry fabric on her with a dash of red (dress bodice). To complement the dress I have hand beaded the belt. Please bear in mind that I've never done beading before so this was all new to me and something I would like to do more of as I love the end result. 
The coat is a pattern has been in my stash for awhile now and I've  been itching to make it. Finally got there and i'm very pleased with the end result. 
Now all that is need is a handbag, hat & shoes which I will make at a later date

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all. 
I look forward to sharing more of my Barbie collection and sewing endeavors over the year with you 

Monday, May 13, 2019

Ken - He's a Doll!

I started collecting Barbie's when I was 13 years old. Prior to collecting, I  had never owned a Ken or any other friend/family member of Barbie for that matter, so when I started collecting and finally clapped eyes on vintage Ken, I just had to have one in my collection!

I saw many a photo of this handsome young lad in the many Barbie books I was stumbling across. The more I saw him, the more I knew he had a place waiting for him in my collection.

I was 23 (10 years of hoping like hell to acquire a vintage Ken) when I finally hit the jackpot and got not one but TWO Kens as a birthday gift! Oh  lordy lordy! that must of been one of the best days in all my time collecting Barbie.

Not only did these two handsome chaps arrive here in New Zealand from Australia, they came in a vintage yellow Ken doll case with EXTRAS! Yes EXTRAS!!!  Vintage Ken clothes. What a score!

Pants, shirts, socks and even a pair of  Y fronts! 

I treasure these two Ken's and hope to one day pass them down to my daughter, who is a Barbie fan. 

As far as vintage Ken's go, these are the only two I have in my ever growing collection. I feel extremely lucky to have both a flocked hair Ken and a molded hair Ken.


However, these are not the only two Ken's in my collection, they merely just started the ball rolling for more Ken's to join this Kiwi gal's collection.  

As a kid, I remember seeing Ken doll on the shelves in the shops but he never came home with me as I was too invested in Barbie doll herself. Now that I am a collector, I can surely say I have more than made up for giving Ken the cold shoulder as a child as he is a plentiful character in my collection and a very welcome addition! 

It must be about time I turned my hand to sewing for Ken. That will be a first. Better get to sourcing a pattern.

Happy collecting folks x