Are you old enough to remember the original Holly Hobbie? Today’s vintage pattern on the discussion table is a Holly Hobbie doll and clothes (Simplicity #6006) pattern which is marked with a copyright from 1973. In the comments, feel free to write your memories of Holly Hobbie.
Or, if you’re a fan of the new Holly Hobbie show on Hulu, leave a comment on that topic as well.
I owned this pattern way back when Holly Hobbie was the hot new toy for girls, and I actually sewed all of the projects pictured on the pattern, including the doll herself. I used similar fabrics, too!
If you were a little girl growing up in the 1970’s, you probably don’t remember all the hippie-stuff that younger generations associate with that era, but I bet you remember Holly Hobbie. I sure do!
But what do I mean by that? Before I design a new pattern, a lot of times I’ll go look at the pattern shapes used to make similar garments. Take a look at the image of the back of this pattern, below, noting the area I’ve circled in green:
This little pink grid shows the pattern shapes for making the shoe, the bonnet, and even the bloomers. When I design my own patterns, I am often inspired by these pattern pieces to help me come up with a “starting shape” for my own designs.
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