Here is Miss Barbie in her silk taffeta evening gown made by my little Miss Lily with a some help from me. The fisheye darts and tiny pleats were a challenge for her but a big learning experience ! If you are trying to teach your kids to sew this is a great type of project.
The pattern came from this little nifty book we bought at the flea market. Lily collects vintage toys and especially anything Barbie if she finds a good deal! This little book came inside the box for her Sew Handy 1961 child's sewing machine.
We traced off the pattern so we didn't have to cut up the booklet. This pattern tracing material is really a lifesaver. It's available at Nancy's Notions.
Slow down there Barbie!
Barbie's not about to let Ken behind the wheel of her treasured Corvette. She may look old-fashioned but she's very modern.
This is actually Lily's vintage Barbie corvette which she bought at the Ventura Flea Market. She bargained them down to four dollars. Flea marketing is also a great way to teach your kids how to negotiate, a skill that will be valuable in their futures. It's also a history lesson as the vendors love to tell her all about the toys and where they came from.
A good cleaning and it was good as new!