I have really enjoyed and contributed to the thread on how we learn to sew. One of the things I so thouroughly enjoyed literally for years was sewing for my Barbie doll. I had the first Barbie of anyone I knew. She had a ponytail and a black and white chevron swimsuit – with high heels of course. She was my total fashion fantasy. I would glean scraps of fabric and trims from my grandmother and mom and make her gowns,belts, hats, boots, coats, and on and on. I made “lockers” for all her fashions out of shoeboxes and kept my scraps and current works in progress in another shoebox. I cannot count the endless hours I spent sewing for Barbie. Forget Ken, I was into Barbie being fashionable. From ten until I tucked her shoeboxes into my closet of 14 year old clothing, I spent countless hours fashioning a wardrobe that mimiced what I saw in Vogue. Yes, I read Vogue at ten.
Has anyone else been inspired in their fashion pursuits by Barbie? I would love to hear your stories. I have talked to other sewists who were into the doll like I was.