My three and a half year old daughter has suddenly discovered the world of Barbie Dolls. She wants to play with them all of the time. The problem is, I can’t seem to find a lot of clothes for her dolls, and the ones that I do find are cheaply made and thus on the verge of falling apart, or really trashy (Barbie looks like a woman that I would never have my girl hang out with). I remembered back to my childhood. My grandmother had some Barbies that her girls had used. They had made homemade outfits – a lot of beautiful 1950’s poodle skirts and other outfits from the day. The dress that I loved the most, the one that I have the greatest memory of was a Scarlett O’Hara dress from Gone with the Wind. It was GORGEOUS, complete with a hat. Well, it left quite an impression on me. I LOVED dressing the dolls up in those lovely outfits and wished that I had them at home.
So, this Christmas, some friends and I are going to make Barbie dresses – big, beautiful, period dresses. I scoured the Internet looking for patterns and realized that I wouldn’t even need to spend oodles on material. I have quite a few lovely dress-up dresses that cannot be salvaged as a little girl dress, but will be perfect for a little girl’s dolls.