Saturday, November 3, 2012

Questions answered

It's not very often that I get questions on my blog but I've had a couple on the last two posts that I have done, so I thought I would answer them!

Helga asked which pattern was used for my pumpkin costume was a Retro Butterick pattern that you can find here.

And below are the dresses that have been made using this pattern...(one is missing as I don't have a good photo of it).

This is actually one of my favourite dresses.



The pattern wasn't very good for the halter version - the bust just didn't sit right at all but it works well (on me - most people I know have to adjust patterns to fit them but I, luckily, don't have to do this often) with the sleeves and it's one of my favourite dress patterns. We also added a 'modesty panel' as the v of the neckline is quite low-cut.

And Alli said "What amazing dolls. And in beautiful condition. Wherever do you find them? And is there a doll that you would really love to find for your collection?"

Mod Lot

Well, these three ladies were bought on eBay and I have bought quite a lot of dolls on there - I don't like eBay as much as etsy but there are a lot of Barbie sellers on there. Just like everything else, though, you have to know what you're looking for and this site is a really helpful place to start. I've also bought things from etsy (like the clothes in the above photo), local selling sites like Gumtree, op-shops (for '80s & later), and I get a lot of my repro or collectible Barbies from a store here called Kollectable Kaos.

There are a lot of dolls I'd really love to find for my collection. I would still love to have an original vintage ponytail Barbie but they go for a lot of money and I would also love a No Bangs Francie (last on this page) but they are the hardest to find of the Francie dolls. Oh and I'd love a Free Moving PJ or any of the PJs on that page, really. My wishlist is actually quite extensive! Ha.

I've also been asked in the past about my blush so I thought, while I'm at it, I would let you all know that I use peach glow by Natio - I used to use one by MAC but I realised it looked and lasted exactly the same as my super cheap blush so I'm never spending more money than I feel I have to on blush ever again.

Feel free to ask me any questions you may have and I'll try to answer them (only respectful questions, please, which I suppose goes without saying as I've very respectful, lovely readers, I think).

Andi B. Goode


  1. Oh gosh I can't get over how much I love all your variations of the same dress! Especially the Pumpkin one with the little shoes!!

  2. Oh I adore that style dress, its so flattering. I saw the most amazing halloween barbie on ebay the other day and thought of you! xxx

  3. I love those dresses, you are so creative to be able to make the same style of dress look so different each time. You have a really lovely doll collection, it is so nice for somebody to have a passion for something other than just clothes,
    Love Lil x

  4. Hi there! I just found your blog and I must say, very nice work. :)
    I love that second dress, especially; oh, how I wish I could sew!

  5. I have to echo TrunkofDresses, that pattern is so versatile and gorgeous. I just love how many different spins you've given it.

    I hope your November is off to a stellar start, dear Andi!

    ♥ Jessica

  6. I made that dress a few summers ago and loved it! I totally agree, it does need a modesty panel. I didn't put one in mine so now I have to wear a cami under it. That black dress fabric is amazing!!

  7. I really love all those dresses on you--the fabric for the halter one is gorgeous! Also I love the idea of having a pattern that works so well for you remade into a variety of dresses with different fabrics. Brilliant!

  8. Thanks SO much for answering my question Andi. I find it really fascinating learning more about people's collections. I really love Francie....she is so cute! A really sweet face. Fingers crossed you get the chance to acquire some of your dream dolls. It would be wonderful for you to be able to give them a great home where they will be loved and cared for.
    And your dresses are gorgeous.....I think your pumpkin costume was awesome!

  9. I have to say, I would probably not have given that pattern a second glance as I feel those styles don't generally work on busty gals but it looks fabulous on you! It's making me re-think ignoring those styles!

  10. I love that halter dress Andi! Gorgeous on you. x

  11. O,thank you very much for that. I love all the versions you have made and plan to get my hands on that pattern, assuming I can get it in my bust size! :)


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