Let’s share! What are you working on this summer? What sewing projects do you have underway?
Leave your summer sewing project descriptions in the comments section to give inspiration to everyone who reads this blog post!
See the pile of vintage sewing patterns at the top of this post? That’s what I’ve been working on…
I found all of these lovely uncut, vintage doll clothes patterns on eBay in a store owned by CreativeDaisy, and she has more of these wonderful patterns, along with dolls and other collectibles!
You should go check out her store!
I was especially thrilled to find the vintage Sunshine Family patterns (see purple arrow above). I do have quite an extensive collection of vintage-to-modern doll clothes patterns — and of course, I’ve made a few Sunshine Family doll clothes patterns of my own (see image below) — but I had never seen the McCall’s Sunshine Family patterns before.
So this summer I’d love to make some of the projects from the McCall’s 4716 Sunshine Family pattern set.
And while I sew, I love to listen to Patsy Cline. That’s why I just had to buy the McCall’s 7137 Barbie Western-themed doll clothes!
If you’re not familiar with Patsy Cline, here’s one of my favorite songs by her, which may help you feel inspired to sew as well:
Just look at that gorgeous dress Patsy’s wearing in the thumbnail for that video! A lot of her videos show her in beautiful, amazing, vintage garments! And did you know her mother made a lot of Patsy Cline’s stage clothes?
But in the pile of doll clothes patterns I bought from CreativeDaisy, the one that truly inspired me — and I’ve already started to sew adorable little outfits with this set — is the Simplicity 5861 Skipper set.
I can’t even begin to tell you how impressed I’ve been with this set of Skipper patterns from Simplicity.
One of the problems I’ve found with Skipper pattern is that they often fit a little big on Skipper. This is true, even with more modern Skipper patterns.
Maybe designers are afraid they’re going to fit too tightly. I don’t know what the deal is, but Simplicity 5861 has, so far, had an amazing fit to each of the garments I’ve made so far.
And while working with these vintage Skipper patterns, I’ve been inspired to create my own version of some of these patterns too. Watch for those Chelly Wood-made patterns around Christmas time or maybe in early 2024.
Another project I’d like to make this summer is a matching Skipper and Barbie vintage outfit set.
As you can see in the image above, this Simplicity 5673 vintage Barbie pattern has a jumper along with a shirt with a collar and 3/4 length sleeves that actually looks very much like the Skipper version of the same outfit from Simplicity 5861.
But I’m not sure this jumper set is what I want to make for Barbie and Skipper using black gingham fabric. Instead, I might make ankle pants and a short-sleeved shirt. Or maybe a dress with a bolero jacket.
I’ve already made these cute ankle pants, and I love how they fit my vintage 1963 Skipper:
But enough about my summer projects. What are YOU working on? What videos do you watch or what music do you listen to when you’re sewing?
Inspire the rest of us! Please leave comments!
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