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Little Black Dress “Pinch of Platinum”

Posted by helen on February 18, 2017

Pinch of Platinum now is a high-priced doll on eBay. not sure about the doll’s face, but I have always liked the dress. I thought it would be fun to have a Black Version to go with the White.

The Dress took some extra efforts to make due to the delicacies of the fabrics and extra layers of linings.

Black Vs. White:



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Happy Valentine’s Day

Posted by helen on February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine’s Day, but,
who, now, is the happiest one of all?
Settfie! — The flirtatious girl won all the hearts.

who can say No to this pretty face?

Happy Valentine’s Day to All!

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Rooster, the Booster –Happy Chinese New Year

Posted by helen on January 28, 2017

7.6 Billion people celebrate Lunar New year today. don’t miss the fun!

It is a  Chinese Tradition that Children wear something New on the New Year’s Day. So I have to find my Barbie girl the best gown for the Occasion:

Chinese New Year Barbie

Who wore it better? Barbie Vs Fan BingBing (at 2011 Cannes Film Festival)

Red Moon Silkstone Barbie

The original dress was  hand-embroidered, it took 70 workers and 4 months to finish. After Fan’s red carpet appearances, the dress was auctioned off for about  USD $150K (RMB 1 Million)  in 2012 to support her Charity Projects. The white Crane, floral and bamboo design symbolize Peace, longevity & all the human virtues

Happy Lunar New Year –Kids are always the happiest. NYC public Schools are closed today.

Its very fortunate we live in a world that celebrates culture differences. Barbie has been a terrific world Culture Ambassador.


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Blush Beauty & Cocktail dress

Posted by helen on January 14, 2017

Blush Beauty Barbie Doll is going to a Cocktail Party!

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Posted by helen on January 8, 2017

Expanding my “Red head league” with this home-made Charlotte Olympia doll:

I should have made her the Yin-Yang Shoes..  Sadly,  the hair-rerooting process consumed all of my patience.  so, she’s got no shoes..

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Welcome to 2017

Posted by helen on January 1, 2017

Happy 2017 & wish you a  fun-filled new year…

Many Barbie collectors  found the 2016 Barbie Collection less satisfactory and made a very few purchases.  May 2017 bring  all of us some new exciting dolls.

My new year resolution would be “less dolls, more dresses”  –I’ll focus on collecting doll fashions instead of dolls.  Doll fashions are easy to handle, I don’t have to deal with aging dolls’  sticky legs, glue heads, cracked necks, yellow faces, etc.

This white Lace dress is the same style as the blue dress I made last week, only this one is fully lined,  it has nearly 20 little panels, patching them together precisely isn’t an easy task.  my patience is tested.  I could have simplified it, but I wanted to honor the original design.

May you glide into the new year with balance, stability & happiness

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Merry Christmas

Posted by helen on December 25, 2016

Another little blue dress for Barbie:

I got the “big bow” idea  from this Vintage dress, it looks like a perfect Christmas Gift package.  Perhaps I should make one in White.

Merry Christmas!


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Blush Beauty

Posted by helen on December 20, 2016

Blush Beauty Doll is one of the last year’s Barbie Fan Club exclusives, its not a surprise she has stayed in the shop for 2 years.

The Doll was  $100, I know she wouldn’t meet my $100 standard, so I waited long enough for an acceptable price. she finally arrived on last Saturday.

I like her facial makeup, but I am  not a fan of  her straight hairline, it makes her forehead look  square & wide–“broader than Broadway”

Her coatdress is nice, although its made of low quality satin, its neatly sewn, half-lined (bodice is lined, sleeves are not)

The dress is not a smart design based on  the nature of the fabric.

the  bust & waist darts  should  be cut/sewn straight along the grain line and pressed toward center(or in the opposite direction),   but they are slanted and pressed toward right,  so the dress is lopsided, a $100 doll deserves better craftsmanship.  I believe it doesn’t bother most of the Barbie  collectors,  3 months ago,  I saw one eBay seller sold 4 dresses for $46 each and these sold dresses  looked worse than mine.


These darts really bothered me,  I had to take it apart and make them straight.  lol

there is another thing I have to mention, the bottom hem of the dress is unsewn, but glued. –its almost certain the glue will make the fabric turn into yellow in the future.

adding a layer of lace:


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Winter Blue IV –The complete look

Posted by helen on December 18, 2016

Putting an end to my “blue” project :

These 2 dolls are still in boxes:

All shades of blues:




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Winter Blue III–belles of the ball

Posted by helen on December 10, 2016

searched all my Barbie Closets, picked out all the blue dresses I could find, I’m sure I have a few more, but could not find them. I’ll need 6 more blue dresses to complete my holiday showcase.

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