Monday, July 21, 2014

I Love Barbies

Hello, Dear Ones! Thought I'd take a little departure from showing you our trips in Kiki with some more fun.

Oh, and do you like my new header? Some of you had mentioned it earlier and thank you. I've seen so many headers that are more simple and hey, I do like to copy cat so I had a little time and played. I made it myself. I used to belong to a little graphics club and each month would receive cute images in the mail and this little wreath came from there. :) So thank you for noticing.

Okie a young girl, I loved my Barbies and was a closet Barbie doll player til I was 13 years old! Girl friends would pop over to visit and I had my mother working with me to make sure she came and told me first before letting in my friends so I could stash all of my Barbies into my pink polka dot suitcase and poke it under the bed! Whew! I did that a few times.

I passed my love for Barbies on to my daughter. I made zillions of Barbie clothes for her dolls and was kinda reliving the fun I had as I made them. She took care of her Barbies and then she passed them down to little Carter. That's my daughter's Barbie she's holding.
Carter is all into the animated movie "Frozen". If you haven't seen it you really should. It's great, even for grownups. She all 'Elsa' and 'Anna'. Here is Carter with my daughter's Barbie and she braided Barbie's hair into a braid like Elsa's and put on a crocheted dress I had made for her when she was little. Carter took Barbie Elsa to Show and Tell at school. Well, school for 3 & 4 years old. That crocheted dress is almost 30 years old, y'all! Can you believe it?
That's my girl! I love this little stinker.

Well, I'll do just about anything to make Carter happy. I'm a grandmother and that's my job! So since Carter is into her mommy's Barbies at the moment, I thought I would make her some Barbie clothes and bring her a new Barbie too when we arrived at her house. If you know me, I get rather carried away and get on a binge and so I made lots of Barbie clothes. I'm telling you I mean LOTS OF BARBIE CLOTHES! Of course I wanted to share them with you. I made so many that I have enough to show you an outfit a week for 6 months. I know, I'm obsessive. So bare with me and bring out your love for Barbie and each Monday I'll show you an outfit. I'll call it "Barbie Mondays".
Okie dokie. I headed out to Walmart to purchase a Barbie. I needed a model after all! I didn't realize Barbie's had changed so much. This is called a belly button Barbie. Yes, she has a belly button, smaller bust, more normal hips that pooch out and she seems to be a bit shorter than the older version. She's built more like a real gal. I never had a hang up with the Barbie image thing. Did you? Heck, I knew she was a doll and never even thought anyone really looked like that! I could tell the difference between reality and 'play like'. Oh, well. I did have some friends whose mom's wouldn't let them have a Barbie. I felt sorry for them. Barbie did not hinder the image of myself or make me anorexic or anything else. After all, my first sewing project was for my Ken doll - I made him a shirt on my mother's old peddle sewing machine.

I'm getting side tracked here. So just love Barbie with me and the making of some clothes. Now I had packed all of my material up and it was in storage so I had to go shopping for a little more. It's wise to use a small print for Barbie clothes. I used to have many Barbie clothes patterns but through the years got rid of them. So I went online! I found a gold mine of Barbie patterns and probably searched for days for free patterns! Fun fun. Sometimes I had to adjust the pattern to make it fit.

So this was my first outfit. I love this sweet fabric. Oh, I made several outfits out of the same fabric because that's what I did! :) So you'll see repeat fabrics some.
Isn't this sweet? A little top and skirt. I trimmed the top with tiny lace and thought Barbie looked so pretty.
I forgot how small the seams needed to be on Barbie clothes and messed up a couple times and had to toss the outfit. Oh, well, I'm very talented but I ain't perfect! I say with tongue in check and a great big ole smirk! :)
 Now I was on a roll and made Barbie some matching slacks. Cute huh?
 What nice long legs she has and the little slacks fit perfectly.
Then I made a pair of shorts so now Barbie has a complete set of interchangeable clothes to take on a long weekend somewhere. She may want to bring along some strong deodorant since she'll be wearing the same top! :) I had to position Barbie like this and send this snap to my daughter, who at 39 years old still turns cartwheels! I try my best to get her to stop - scares me to death!

As you can see, I love to play and I think I enjoyed making the clothes as much as Carter loved receiving them. When we go for a visit, each day we're there, I give her a 'Special Surprise'. It might not be much of anything, but she loves this. So she received about 3 or 4 Barbie outfits each day while we were there. What fun. 

Here is the free pattern for the shirt
I used the pants pattern for the shorts, just cut the legs shorter
Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Hello Dolly

Hello Dolly,......well, hello, Dolly
It's so nice to have you back where you belong
You're lookin' swell, Dolly.......I can tell, Dolly
You're still glowin''re still crowin''re still goin' strong
I feel that room swayin'......while the band's playin'
One of your old favourite songs from way back when
So..... take her wrap, fellas.......find her an empty lap, fellas
Dolly'll never go away again

Hello Dolly,.....well, hello, Dolly
It's so nice to have you back where you belong
You're lookin' swell, Dolly.....I can tell, Dolly
You're still glowin''re still crowin''re still goin' strong
I feel the room swayin'...while that ole band keeps on playin'
One of your old favourite songs from way back when
So...golly, gee, fellas....find her an empty knee, fellas
Dolly'll never go away....I said she'll never go away
Dolly'll never go away again 
~ sung by Louis Armstrong