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 dress...it 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?"
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