Sunday, June 10, 2018

50's June Bride

A simple 50's wedding for Midge with
her best friend in attendance as Maid of
Honor and Skipper as the Flower Girl.

Midge's tea length dress is white on white
cotton.  She added hints of her favorite
color yellow.

Her Maid of Honor and Flower girl
wear yellow/white print cotton dresses
with yellow accents.

Everything made by me, except their

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Catching Up

Sorry it's been awhile, not sure where the
time goes.  So let's catch up.......

Before Christmas I found a few good
deals.  The first one was this 1971 Marlo
flip TNT Barbie.

It's funny I was looking for one on Ebay
to put on my Christmas list and found her
at a local indoor flea market about a week
before Thanksgiving.  I hardly ever make finds 
like this around here.

She is in great shape, good face paint and
her legs click 3 times. Her hair is reddish
brown (might be turning brassy from age).
Her forehead curl is sparse but it is there.
A bonus was she was wearing outfit #1476
(minus the slippers), which can be hard to find.

She is my 1st Marlo flip doll, but she
might not be the last.  I would love a
blonde someday.  So glad I found her!

The next find came about 3 weeks before
Christmas.  This doll wasn't tops on my
must have list but she was a fantastic
buy and now that I have her I love her.

This Julia doll is gorgeous.  She has 
really nice hair and it has oxidized into a 
brilliant red.  She did not have her 
original nurses outfit but came wearing
the Winter Wedding dress.  It has yellowed
and has what looks rust stains on the back
but it is still a beautiful dress.

I am hoping to find her nurses' outfit
or at least a reproduction one.  But
she will fit nicely with my other mod
era dolls.

My last find before Christmas was this
Francie outfit  Mini Check # 1209.

I found this complete on Ebay in
excellent condition for a great buy.
I never had a lot of clothes for my
Francie doll growing up so am trying
to add to wardrobe when possible.
Those knee socks are soooo groovy!

Christmas Goodies

Lucky me got everything I asked
for for Christmas.

This gorgeous lady joined my other
Model Muse swimsuit gals.  Her hair
is even more beautiful in real life.  I may
either pick it out a little or remove it from
the rubberband to get a fuller afro, not
sure yet which I'll do.  Only one left
of these ladies to get to complete the

 Francie Go-Granny-Go #1267.  This
outfit is complete and in excellent condition!
It even has the little record AND record


Skipper - Silk n' Fancy and Dress Coat 
#1906.  I have always wanted this outfit
to with Barbie's Silken Flame and Red Flare.


Ken - Saturday Date #786.  I didn't have
a Ken growing up, so I am trying to 
build a vintage wardrobe for the
vintage Ken and Allen I acquired some
years ago.  I think this brings their
wardrobe total up to 3 outfits.....they
definitely lag behind the ladies! 

My birthday is next Saturday, so I am
expecting more great Barbie gifts! 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Christmas in Paris

Taryn and Natalya are in Paris visiting
their friends Gabrielle and Simone for the
holidays.  The Muses are enjoying pizza
and hot dogs while decorating and wrapping

Hope your holiday season is merry and bright!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Christmas Skirts

Georgene, Natalya and Ellery model
their new Christmas skirts.  The tops
are actually knit dresses I bought for
them on eBay doing double duty.

(Please ignore Georgene's purple shoes,
I could not get those buggers off!)

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Barbie Pack Dresses

I picked up a few Barbie pack dresses
that are suppose to fit all the new size
gals thinking they might be perfect for
the Model Muses.


Charmayne and  Roxanne snatched them
up right away but weren't at all happy
with the fit.  While they liked the knee
length, the waist wasn't as form fitting
as they had hoped so they each added
a wide ribbon belt.  The fit is much

Once again I am disappointed in Mattel.
The backs of both dresses are made from
a plain fabric rather than the front print
fabric.  Honestly, how cheap can you be,
it's doesn't take a lot of fabric, it's not
like the print fabric is that much more
expense and you still have to take the
time to cut out both the front and the
back pieces.  I suppose it keeps them
from have to match the prints front and
back but it still disappoints me.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Pom Noir

I belong to a Barbie sewing group on FB and
the September challenge was to use 20 pompoms
in an outfit.  This 50's day to night ensemble
popped in my head and I had to make it.  Modeled
by my original Barbie doll.

The open front swing coat is black kona
cotton lined in a red marbled cotton.  Hat
is embellished with black tulle and red

A simple boatneck black sheath of
kona cotton is perfect for any daytime

We add an overskirt of black tulle with
multicolor pompoms for nighttime

Although the fit on the dress could be
better I think the ensemble turned out
well.  I love the 50's styles and like
how women utilized these types of
ensembles to expand their wardrobes.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Summer Breeze

I modified the original halter
pattern making it a full skirted

It's been warm, rainy and humid
here in NW Florida but a break
in the rain allowed the ladies to
take their new frocks outside.

I LOVE the way these dresses turned
out!   Both of the halter dresses will
be a staple in the Model Muse closet.
I can't wait to get started on some for
the holidays in satin, lace and velvet!

I also think these are my best doll
photos to date.  It was a brutal
photo shoot at 92deg. with a real feel
of 112....crawling under this bush to
set each doll and then trying to take
a good picture with an iPad you can't
really see in the sun.  I just pointed
and shot, hoping for the best and was
pleasantly surprised with the photos.

But I think I might ask The Husband
for a small camera for Christmas.