I was messaging with my daughter, who has been - let's just say she's not been herself since November 8th. She mentioned that when she's really down she breaks out her Barbie dolls and makes art jewelry for them. We talked of this and that and before I knew it, I had committed to making a dozen outfits for her in black and white. I have a lot of old Barbie patterns so I showed her what I could do, she picked out what she liked, and I made prototypes in muslin - because that's what you do when you're designing a collection, right? I showed her photos of how everything turned out, and she made her final selections from there.
A sampling of the patterns
Most of the prototypes
Let me back up a minute here. I had four Barbies I found at a thrift store a few years ago - I got them for an art project I never quite got around to. When it was Barbie's 50th anniversary, they came out with a reproduction doll EXACTLY like my first Barbie, which I never forgot, so of course that was my birthday present to myself six years ago, which increased the herd to five.
And last month I got a surprise package from my BFF Antonia, which included the Barbie-as-Sandy doll. Now there are six.
I get into this whole Project Barb-Way thing, remembering how much I enjoy making the tiny clothes, getting all nostalgic, and walk down the toy aisle in the Dollar General. So now the herd has increased to nine.
I can't believe I did that.
No. Wait. Yes I can.
Kirsten, Jane, Emma, and Violet were the original four.
Tamsin, Regan, and Deirdre are the new kids.
Now I need to make some clothes for the two Ken dolls I have . . .
Just to legitimize all this for the beadwork blog, the plan is to eventually bead all these outfits.
*cough*Honest. That's the plan, anyway.