As you may remember from one of my award posts, this was the very first pattern that I owned. I was probably about 9 or 10 years old, and for some reason I figured that I could sew the sundress by hand with needle and thread. At that time I could sew on a button, but that's about all. I don't know how I talked my mother into buying the pattern, but she also bought nearly identical yellow fabric and I managed to get as far as cutting out the bodice, skirt, ruffle, and straps.
Mind you, my mother was not a sewist although she owned a sewing machine, and neither she nor I could interpret the mysterious pattern markings or instructions. Make a dart? Gather a ruffle? We had no clue, and I was terribly frustrated. So I put the dress aside and completely forgot about it until I ran across the pattern at a thrift store or estate sale (I don't remember!) many years later. I have no idea where the original pattern went.
As it turns out, this makes the very first vintage pattern I have sewn. It also marks the first miniature garment I have ever constructed, and there is no way I ever would have been able to sew this pattern as a kid without knowledgeable assistance. So I find it very satisfying to have come "full circle," so to speak, and be able to complete this project so many years later:
I sewed the dress from a scrap of fabric I found in a freebie bin at sewing class. It's a poly-cotton, and it frayed like the dickens. I hated working with it, as I had to sew the straps and darts over and over again, as the material frayed beyond the seamlines. As always, it's not perfect. For some reason, I found that my gathers had turned into box pleats, but I like the look. I abandoned the hand sewing idea early on as Heidi had returned and I got impatient for quick results.
I actually had to buy a Barbie that I was willing to pull out of the box, as all of the others I have are collectible. I ended up with "Sassy" (she needs a better name), a Barbie "Fashionistas", because she was poseable. When I brought her home I showed her to my husband, who immediately informed me that in she was dressed like a streetwalker:
This may be my imagination, but I do believe that this doll's waistline is even tinier than the Barbie dolls of old. Dear readers, have any of you sewn a vintage doll pattern for a contemporary Barbie? I shudder to think that Barbie's ridiculously small waist measurement has become even smaller today than it was thirty or more years ago. Please, leave a comment!