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the Venezuela Dress

Posted by helen on June 9, 2018

Venezuela dress was a part of Dior 1957 Fall Collection.

Barbie adopted this timeless style to attend High Tea.  The High Tea doll was released long before I started collecting Barbie dolls. her price on eBay is high above my budget

l really like the dress. but a Ruched dress takes extra time & efforts to make.   I overcame my laziness and finally made it today — High Tea is a part of the upcoming Barbie Convention theme, that’s why I’m motivated.

I chose Black & Blue geometric prints,  Barbie has too many pink.  its time to bring in other colors and prints.

I think I’ll make one in Burgundy, too.

The Return of the Elegance & Grace:

6 Responses to “the Venezuela Dress”

  1. Helen, this is lovely! High Tea is one of my favorite dolls. I too started collecting Silkies rather late in the game, but I found her nude on eBay for a very reasonable price and just made her a new dress to wear. I too have been too lazy to figure out the ruching needed to pull off this design. Bravo to you for taking the time to figure it out and make such a beautiful garment! Sylvia

    • helen said

      Thanks Sylvia & congrats on your great findings on eBay. I’ll be looking for some old nude Silkstone dolls with straight bodies. but my main focus now is collecting outfits. I made a list of the Silkstone dresses I would like to have. such as lady of manor, the Siren, Market Day, southern Belle, etc.

  2. I just LOVE this dress style!! High Tea is one of my favorite Barbies and I am fortunate enough to still have her. Your new version is awesome!!! Can hardly wait to see the burgandy!! =)

    • helen said

      Thanks, Stephanie. High Tea was released 3 years before I started collecting silkstone dolls. I saw her at my first convention in 2009, my roommate Sandra bought her in the convention sales room. I even remember the price she paid for the set. lol

      Happy convention!

  3. Annette DesLauriers said

    Any chance your selling the pattern for this gorgeous gown, I have never been able to afford “High Tea” on the secondary market.

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