"Skipper what are you doing in my bed....you're going to
be late for school and make me late for work. Hurry up
and get dressed." (Barbie)
"I'm tired of school. When is summer vacation? When
is Cousin Francie coming? I don't want to go...." (Skipper)
"School will be out soon enough and your cousin will be
here before you know it. Now here are your clothes...get
Yes, ma'am. (Skipper)
"I don't want to wear this." (Skipper)
"Just get dressed, please!" (Barbie)
"Yes, Ma'am." (Skipper)
"Here let me button you up." (Barbie)
"I need to finish my makeup and hair. I'll only be a
"Do you think the red shoes and purse are too bold?
This dress is a little plain." (Barbie)
"Looks okay, I guess. Are we picking up Scooter and
her Mom for the walk to school?" (Skipper)
"Evelyn had to go into work a little early today, so she
dropped Scooter off. Do you have your lunch box?"
"Yes, ma'am." (Skipper)
"Then let's go." (Barbie)
Fashion Notes: All outfits made by me using vintage patterns.
Barbie is single and became guardian to her younger sister, Skipper, when their parents died in an auto accident. She is currently a file clerk at Huege Enterprises and is taking bookkeeping classes at The Barton Women's Academy of Business. She lives with her sister in a two bedroom walkup in the Crestmont area of Mid City.
Barbie's little sister. She attends Mid City Elementary school. Best friend of Scooter.
Barbie and Skipper's cousin. She spends summers with them, helping to look after Skipper.
Barbie's best friend since they were little. She still lives with her parents. She works at Bundell's, one of Mid City's finest department stores.
Evelyn lives across the hall from Barbie. She is a widow with a little girl, Scooter, who is best friends with Skipper. She also works at Huege Enterprises in the secretarial pool.
Scooter Brown: Evelyn's daughter and Skipper's best friend. She also attends Mid City Elementary school.
Works with Midge at Bundell's.
Works as a waitress at the Mid City Diner.
Brenda Hartwell: A nurse at Mid City Hospital.
Reporter for 'Ladies Life' magazine.
Beverly St. Johns:
Lives in the same building as Barbie. No one knows much about her, she doesn't appear to have a job or a husband!
Socialite married to William Huege, President of Huege Enterprises. They live in a high rise in the exclusive Avalon Park area of Mid City.
Married to Bob Bundell, head of Bundell's Department Store. Best friend of Vivian. They live in the same high rise.
Singer and actress. She also lives in the same Avalon Park high rise as Vivian and Joan.
President of Huege Enerprises. Married to Vivian.
Student at Mid City Elementary school. Sometime friend of Skipper and Scooter.
Student at Mid City Elementary school. Considers Cindy Pelton her best friend. Sometime friend of Skipper and Scooter.
I was thinking the other day that I have too many dolls (right
after one showed up in the mail and another was purchased
on Ebay). I am beginning to feel a little overwhelmed by
them and my quest to make clothes and dioramas for them
all. Seems I have more dolls and ideas than time and energy.
So I started pulling out all my dolls to see who could go, starting
with my vintage and vintage reproductions. Well as they were
standing all lined up it was clear... none of THEM were
going anywhere, they are my favorites but an idea did start to
form in my little brain.
What if I divided my dolls up into groups, some of them have
already formed little cliques, and if one didn't fit into any of
the groups.....well, they would go on their merry way to a
I already had my first group formed, Vintage Life. As I looked
at all these dolls I decided they all needed a backstory and those
backstories would interconnect all the dolls in this group. And I
could make small dioramas based on these groups and stories
Now I'm cookin'.....other groups started to form in my little brain.
This could be fun! This was like play!
This is my favorite dress to make for the ladies. I
am not creative (or patient) enough to draft my
own patterns so rely on commercial ones, both
vintage and modern. This is actually a somewhat
modern pattern (1998).
It fits all of my dolls except for the belly
button ones. I think it is drafted nicely
and the instructions well written.
I have plans to make the bathing suit and over-
skirt someday, too!