Thursday, August 25, 2011


Once in a great while, a doll company hits a home run. Mattel hit it out of the park this year with the new Barbie Basics 2.5. For the uninitiated, Barbie Basics are a line of dolls utilizing various head molds, skin tones, and poses. These dolls had a price point of about $20 and were perfect for customizers and costumers. I was a fan from the beginning and only wished the dolls were more articulated. My wish was granted when I saw pics of the 2.5 dolls last spring - these new dolls would have articulated bodies - yeah! I read a post on a message board that said the dolls would be limited editions and got more than a bit anxious. If the dolls would be limited, I might not get one, so I was delighted to find a website taking pre-orders. I ordered 2 model #8 dolls and they arrived last week. Here she is and I couldn't be happier with her!

Also last week, I read that the next wave (3.0) will be the last of the Barbie Basics - WHY? I know the dolls are popular with adult collectors and are selling. Heck, I have 10 myself, and I am cheap! I realize that companies must continually alter their product in order to stay current and relevant, but when you hit that perfect wave - ride it!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Pretty as a Princess

Advance pattern 8551

Ever wish you lived in another era? I do - every time I see vintage fashions like these. I almost want to make this dress, but where would I wear it? Perhaps if I could talk my honey into swing dance lessons, but that ain't gonna happen! So this rare, lovely gem that I found in my mother's garage has been listed in my Etsy store hoping to find someone who will use it.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

squarepeg's misc musings: Retro Halter dress pattern Butterick 6174

squarepeg's misc musings: Retro Halter dress pattern Butterick 6174

Retro Halter dress pattern Butterick 6174

Okay, I confess that I am in love with vintage fashion. My own personal style is kind of Boho chic, but I am always drawn to the uber feminine styles of the 30's, 40's, and 50's. Years ago, when many of the major pattern companies began reprinting past designs from these bygone eras, I bought them. I had the best of intentions, but sadly never got around to it. These patterns have been taking up valuable space in my sewing studio, so its time to let them go to someone who will actually use them.

In addition to the above, I recently uncovered a box of patterns that had been stored in my mother's garage for the past 40 years. These are original patterns from the 50's and 60's! I thought it might be fun and interesting to share some of these.

The pattern pictured is a Butterick reprint of a pattern from the early 50's. Can't you just envision Marilyn Monroe or some other Hollywood starlet wearing it? The pattern is in new condition - uncut and factory folded. If interested, it is listed on Etsy: