Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Vintage Clothing for the Fashion Doll

I have made some outfits from Mari DeWitt's book Vintage Clothing for the Fashion Doll (tilattavissa myös Suomesta). It is an excellent book with clear instructions and patterns and the outfits are really nice.

Below are some of my dolls modeling the outfits I have made. The dolls are from left to right: Chinoiserie Red Moon Silkstone Barbie, Model of the Moment Daria, and Spa Giftset Silkstone Barbie. The outfits are from left to right: Editorial Suit, Arts in the Afternoon, and Cocktail Fashion. The patterns for each outfit also include a pattern for a hat, but I have not made those.

Here is a back view of the same:

Side view:

I also took some pictures as I was swapping the outfits around. The doll with platinum blonde hair is Hollywood Royalty Lana Turner.

This outfit is called Retrospective:

The other outfits in the book are:
  • Holiday in Paris (a bubble dress),
  • Limelight (pull-on stretch velour dress with a double tulle flounce),
  • Best Bow (dress with fitted drop waist bodice with an attached full skirt and large fabric bow),
  • Basic Dress (dress made of two pieces, suitable for beginners),
  • Straight Sheath (A-line dress),
  • Woodstock (1970s style rib knit one-piece jumpsuit and long fleece vest),
  • Swimsuits (one and two piece),
  • Pink Punch (felt midi coat with matching mini skirt and satin shell top),
  • Gingham Dress (for the smaller busted fashion doll).

At the end of the book, there are instructions for scaling the patterns to fit 15-16" fashion dolls and instructions for making a hat using buckram.

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