The Vintage Barbie Project, Part 2


I've been away from the blog this week, frantically sewing more tiny clothes for my little Olivia's Christmas present. I'm making the entire 1959 wardrobe! I honestly think that this has been more fun for me than it will ever be for her!  You can see the first set of vintage Barbie clothes that I made, along with some Q & A here

barbie vintage boudoir fuzzy marabou slippers via va voom vintage
tiny Barbie boudoir slippers embellished with curls of pipe cleaner!

I love a handmade Christmas. We did it last year too and the kids still play with the things we made for them. This weekend, Pj and I took up the whole dining room, cutting and sewing and gluing. He made some really awesome minecraft toys for Rhys and I made this little raccoon doll with some outfits for Olivia. She asked for a friend for her Foxy doll that I made last year.

This week, I finished accessories for Barbie and packaged the outfits in clear bags with backing board and stitched each article to a paper print out of the original catalog illustrations.

handmade vintage 1959 reproduction barbie outfits via va voom vintage

I still have about 6 outfits and some accessories to finish but it's coming along really well! See the whole collection on Instagram with #vavoomvintagebarbies

handmade vintage 1959 reproduction barbie gay parisienne via va voom vintage

1959 barbie lingerie set va voom vintage

1959 nighty negligee va voom vintage

1959 barbie casual shopper va voom vintage

Have you ever done a handmade Christmas?


  1. My husband and I have done this every year for our girls. Their "big gift" we save for the finale is the handmade. We have made a play kitchen with felt food, A-Frame tent, doll crib and jewelery box. This year we are making a doll house for our oldest and an upgraded kitchen for our littlest. I think our kids will remember this as they grow way more than anything the store had to offer.

  2. Those are amazing - I can't believe how closely you were able to match the originals! I've got my mom's old barbies sitting here next to me as a type because I got them out ages ago to take pictures for my own blog and couldn't bear to tuck them back away.

  3. Your Barbie outfits are incredible! You have one very lucky little girl!

  4. I try to make as many handmade gifts each year as I can, but don't have any kids to make fun things like Barbie clothes and toys for. Last year the Lingerie wash bags I made most of the women in my family were quite popular, I even got orders from my mum's friends for them!

  5. Wow! Those Barbie outfits are amazing! I wish my dolls were so stylish when I was a kid. You did a fantastic job of replicating the originals.The little boudoir slippers are so adorable!

  6. This is such a deeply lovely, touching, amazing gift! I'm sure it's one that will standout in her mind for the rest of time.

    ♥ Jessica

  7. I can honestly say I like your version so much more than the original one. She will cherish the doll and her wardrobe all her life, I am sure. :) You are so talented and such a lovely mother. :)

  8. Hi, this is absolutely amazing! how did you do the straw picture hat? Is it some type of woven fabric? Love it!


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