At the start of July, we shared our summer sewing goals and summer doll projects in this blog post.
At that time, I was hoping to make some of the doll clothes from the McCall’s 4716 Sunshine Family pattern set (the purple arrow in the image above points to it), and I was planning to make a few things for Barbie too.
However, I got hung up on a Simplicity 5861 vintage Skipper doll clothes pattern, that I just absolutely fell in love with!
At the start of the summer (once I’d gotten over my West Nile virus illness) I had been thinking in grand terms, that I’d have enough time to sew one or two outfits from each of the vintage patterns I had bought recently, but…
My grand plans were unrealistic, of course. Do you ever have “grand sewing plans” that go awry?
But instead, my youngest daughter took a liking to the gingham fabric, and asked me to make her a set of tea towels out of black and white gingham. So I compromised. I’ve made the tea towels plus a Skipper dress.
There may or may not be enough black and white gingham fabric for a Barbie dress to match Skipper’s. We’ll see.
I can’t say as I blame my daughter. Who doesn’t love gingham? 😉
Anyhow, I’m very happy with how my black gingham Skipper dress turned out! It was the View 2 dress in Simplicity 5861, from 1964 (scroll up a bit to see the pattern envelope).
In a later blog post, I’d like to show you another summer project of mine in which I actually made a skirt-length alteration for this View 2 dress from Simplicity 5861, and we’ll see what all of you think of that change to the pattern.
When I first blogged about my summer projects, back in July, I had already made these cute ankle pants for my vintage 1963 Skipper:
Since then, I’ve also completed two shirts for my vintage Skipper and altered the above pants pattern to make a pair of shorts.
I plan to do a few more blog posts, down the road, sharing the lessons I learned from Simplicity 5861. There’s always something new to learn, when you sew vintage patterns!
But for now, I’d like to hear from you… What sewing projects did you complete over the summer months?
Did you have any sewing struggles? And if so, what were they? Were you able to overcome the setbacks?
Please comment! I love to hear your thoughts!
Sometimes when you leave a detailed comment, it gives me ideas for future blog posts. So feel free to share!
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