As I mentioned in one of my recent posts, the doll club I'm a member of held a Barbie convention this month. They are held every two years and this was the first one in Adelaide in ten years, luckily coinciding with my first year as a member of the club!
The Friday night was a birthday celebration for Barbie's best friend, Midge, who turns 50 this year. I wanted to wear a Barbie themed outfit so mum and I set out to recreate the Barbie outfit Black Magic from 1964. (Hence this post's subject). To cut a long story short, the dress pattern I bought wasn't quite right and didn't work the way I wanted it to but luckily there was a similar enough dress on ASOS to save the day.
Barbie's outfit didn't include a hat or belt but I felt it looked better with both. My hair isn't long enough to put in a ponytail, so I tried to style it similarly to an American Girl Barbie, who had a bob in various lengths throughout her production run.
I think the overall effect of the outfit worked quite well. I didn't wear the cloak for most of the night, though, because another lady there had the same idea. Later on, I talked to her and she thought it was great we wore the same thing and we could be titian and blonde Barbie twins, so we got a photo together (with someone else's camera).
And here are the party dresses I made for my Midges. They didn't turn out as well as I'd hoped and the fabric was awful to work with but they seem pleased with their new frocks. They didn't win, sadly.
Everyone attending also got a gift courtesy of Mattel - this Barbie and Midge 50th Anniversary gift set! I already had a set but I'd not wanted to take the dolls out because they look really lovely displayed in the box. So, now I have an extra set that I can take out (as you can see I already have) and play with. It was an incredibly lovely surprise.
I've got a few more posts about the convention so hopefully you all don't get bored of dolls.