Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Handmade Goodness and Barbie's Dirty Laundry

 This past week on Instagram, I decided to do "A Week of Red". I like red and it seemed fitting for the approach of Christmas. As I started looking around the house for a variety of red things I remembered that I had my old Barbie clothes stashed away somewhere. There had to be something red in there-right? Well, I unearthed a treasure trove of memories and handmade goodness. 

I was quickly whisked back to a time when people gave handmade items as gifts and people (even kids) LIKED it. My mom made most of these but some were made by our dear neighbor and sitter, Penny Taylor. Sadly both left this world way too early but my memories of them live on through these gifts they made for me. I cherish these items that were stitched and knitted with love. The other store bought doll clothes......not so much.

I was so inspired by finding these that I decided to post photos of things that were handmade by me on my Instagram page for the week of December 14. Check it out and feel free to follow me!

Also, I would love to hear your stories of handmade gifts that you cherish. Leave your memories in the comment section or post them on my Facebook page.

Hope you enjoy the photos!

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These were all made by my mom. She was very fashionable and made most of her own clothing. The Barbie clothes were made out of leftover material scraps.  

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The brocade "cape/skirt" was made by my me (I made a lot of "cape/skirts"). My mom made the red strapless dress which was coveted by my friends. Penny Taylor made the 
co-ordinating red and white dress for my Skipper doll. If memory serves, my sister and I had Christmas dresses made from the red velvet with daisy trim around the sleeves and hem.

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I think it should go without saying, but the fringe vest and little polka dot crop top were two of my favorites. My sister and I also had vests exactly like this one. Yes, it's true........

This fur coat was, hands down, was the number one favorite in the whole wardrobe. The fur was trim from a muff I had as a little girl. I LOVED that thing and thought it was a pet.

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 The knitted clothing needed to be cleaned and drying it on cookie racks worked great. I need to do a little damage control as a result of moths. I think, at some point, I may frame all of these and hang them in the bedroom.

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 Not too long ago I purchased this knitting book on etsy. I may have to brush up on my knitting skills and make some more pant suits-ha ha ha.

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Detail of one of the cardigans. I am dying here, I mean......seriously.

I can't help but wonder if gifts like these would be appreciated now. I sure hope so. Do you make and give handmade items? Do you like receiving them? Although I work in an industry geared to manufacturing my heart is still in making handmade items and I plan to get back to it in 2016.
So stay tuned..........


  1. so cute! It would be better if you put the clothes on a doll.

  2. Love this! Super cute! I would love to win this for my friend.

  3. Soooo cute. I would want to learn ow to make these. My daughter will be sooo happy if I did.

    1. Google Barbie Clothing patterns. I found some old ones on etsy. You and your daughter would have so much fun designing clothing together.