All the Things I Use for Restoring Barbie Dolls

When it comes to restoring Barbie dolls, there are several essential tools that I rely on. This blog post will delve into the various items that I use to bring my Barbie dolls back to their former glory. From cleaning to repairing, these tools are essential for maintaining and preserving these treasured collectibles.

Cleaning Barbie with Rubbing Alcohol and Q-Tips

One of the essential tools for cleaning Barbie dolls is rubbing alcohol and q-tips. Rubbing alcohol is a powerful disinfectant that helps remove dirt, grime, and other impurities from the delicate surface of the dolls. Using q-tips, I can gently and carefully wipe away any accumulated dust or dirt without disturbing the doll’s delicate features.

Things you should know :Cleaning Barbie Clothes with Boost

When it comes to cleaning Barbie clothes, I rely on a product called Boost. This specially formulated detergent is designed to gently clean delicate fabrics and help remove stains. By using Boost, I can restore the vibrant colors and pristine condition of Barbie’s outfits, ensuring that they look their best.

Things like Remove Zit, Poliboy or dental tabs for Vintage Barbie with Green Ears

Another challenge that can arise when restoring Barbie dolls is the removal of green ears. Vintage Barbie dolls with green ears often suffered from this problem, but luckily, there is a simple solution. You have different options when you treat green ears. You can use Remove Zit when you get it in your country. There’s also a liquid with the name Poliboy for cleaning silver available in Europe. Danchlorix is another secret weapon I heard of but never used it until now. It’s a liquid used for cleaning toilets. Recently I head of a new solution called Bar Keepers Friend Power Cream available via amazon but I have neither used Danchlorix nor Power Cream.

Dental tabs are highly effective at removing yellow, and they work just as well on Barbie’s skin as they do on our own. Simply apply the dental tabs over night or over two nights, let the head rest in the solution as long as the yellow is gone, and then gently let the head dry on a towel.

Please be careful when using CLR, a cleaner wide spread in the USA. When used like Poliboy it can destroy the head in the long term. I don’t know about the content but a chemist who worked in the doll production industry wrote about the problem in his book that I can recommend to all of you.

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Bobby pins and end paper

An electric kettle is useful for different things

From taking Barbie head, legs and arms to hair style an electric kettle is versatile for Barbie restoration. For removing heads, arms or legs or restoring hair and curls it’s a super versatile thing to have.

Super handy and not forgotten – Things like a toothbrush and bobby pins

We also should mention here that a toothbrush is always useful when you are working with Barbie. Especially when your dolls are older than 40 years they can become fragile and it’s a good idea to use a toothbrush to bring their hair in shape again. Bobby pins are another secret weapon when you have to deal with Vintage Barbie dolls ( 1959 – 1966) to get the curls back in they may have lost over the years.

Fixing Push Buttons with Needle and Thread

Fixing push buttons on Barbie dolls is a breeze with needle and thread. Many vintage Barbies had these tiny buttons that could easily come loose, but with a bit of patience and a steady hand, you can easily sew them back on. Start by carefully removing the button from the doll’s clothing, making sure not to pull too hard and damage the fabric. Next, use matching thread and a sewing needle to sew the button back on, being careful not to catch any stray threads on the doll’s body. With a little patience and attention to detail, you can restore the functionality and beauty of these beloved buttons.

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The definitive book on the care and preservation of Vinyl dolls and action figures

Conclusion

In conclusion, restoring Barbie dolls requires a carefully selected set of tools. Using rubbing alcohol and q-tips, Boost for clothing cleaning, dental tabs for zits, and needle and thread for repairing push buttons, you can bring your Barbie dolls back to their former glory. Remember to handle these collectibles with care and cherish them for years to come. If you want to read more about Barbie cleaning I wrote an article two years ago https://barbie.final-memory.org/how-to-clean-a-vintage-barbie-body/ and if you want to read more about Barbie cleaning you can read more here https://hobbylark.com/collecting/How-to-Restore-and-Clean-Barbie-Dolls

The Fascinating Story of Fumiko Miyatsuka: New information from old Mattel employees:

In the world of toy manufacturing, few names stand out quite like Mattel. One such story involves a female Japanese tailor named Fumiko Miyatsuka, who unknowingly became a secret employee of Mattel in the 1950s. With its iconic Barbie dolls and other beloved toys, Mattel has captivated the imagination of children and adults alike for decades. But behind the glamorous facade of Mattel lies a fascinating history filled with unknown stories.

The Book “Barbie and I” Unveils New Insights from Fumiko Miyatsuka

The book “Barbie and I” by Fumiko Miyatsuka sheds light on the little known history of Mattel’s operations in Japan during the 1950s. Through extensive research and interviews with former employees, Miyatsuka uncovers a treasure trove of new information that sheds light on the behind-the-scenes workings of the Japanese toy industry during this era.

Barbie & I book by Fumiko Miyatsuka

Fumiko Miyatsuka: A Female Tailor Turned Secret Mattel Employee

Fumiko Miyatsuka’s story is truly extraordinary. Born in Hiroshima, Japan, in 1926, she pursued a career in tailoring, eventually opening her own shop in Tokyo. Little did she know that her skills as a tailor would one day take her on a journey that would shape the history of the toy industry.

The Accidental Encounter with Mattel

One day, while shopping at a toy store, Fumiko Miyatsuka stumbled upon a Barbie doll that had caught her eye. Intrigued by its beauty and attention to detail, she inquired about its creation. The store owner informed her that the doll was made in the United States by the company Mattel.

Intrigued, Fumiko Miyatsuka was contacted by Mattel indirectly to inquire about the possibility of creating custom Barbie dresses being later sold as mass production. Little did she know that her inquiry would lead to her being hired as a secret employee.

Developing the Original Barbie Dresses

Fumiko Miyatsuka’s talent as a tailor truly shone through her work on the Barbie doll dresses. She worked tirelessly to develop unique and stylish designs that would not only enhance the doll’s appearance but also capture the essence of 1950s fashion.

Under strict secrecy, Fumiko Miyatsuka worked closely with Mattel’s designer Charlotte Johnson, sharing her ideas and incorporating traditional Japanese elements into the dresses in the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Her efforts paid off, and the resulting Barbie dresses were not only visually appealing but also well-crafted and durable.

The Hours and Costs of Secret Toy Creation

Working countless hours in her Tokyo shop, Fumiko Miyatsuka dedicated herself to creating the original Barbie dresses. Her dedication to quality and attention to detail were evident in every stitch.

To stay within the constraints of Mattel’s budget, Fumiko Miyatsuka had to be innovative and cost-effective. She used fabric scraps and recycled materials whenever possible, finding a way to create high-quality dresses without breaking the bank.

Conclusion

The story of Fumiko Miyatsuka reminds us of the incredible talent and resourcefulness that can blossom in unexpected places. Her accidental encounter with Mattel and her subsequent role as a secret employee not only brought joy to countless children but also played a significant role in the development of the iconic Barbie doll.

Fumiko Miyatsuka’s story is a testament to the power of determination, creativity, and the ability to make a lasting impact in an industry dominated by men. Today, her contributions are celebrated and serve as an inspiration to aspiring designers, entrepreneurs, and anyone who believes in the power of their dreams.

Exploring the Hidden Treasures: More Congost Barbie Dolls

Introduction: More Congost Barbie

In the world of Barbie dolls, collectors are always on the lookout for rare and unique finds. Today, we delve deeper into the captivating realm of Congost Barbie dolls, showcasing a few gems that you may not have seen before. These hidden treasures from Spain, produced by Congost under license due to Mattel’s limited production capacity, offer a fascinating glimpse into the world of Spanish Barbie dolls. Join us as we embark on a journey to discover these exquisite dolls and learn more about their captivating history. There are more Congost Barbie dolls than you might imagine.

1. Unveiling the Spanish Beauties:

In our previous blog post, we introduced you to some of the remarkable Congost Barbie dolls. However, our collection extends beyond that, with even more dolls waiting to be explored. These dolls have a distinct charm that sets them apart from the rest but they tend to loose their hair or have vanishing Make up. That’s at least a sign that you have a Congost Barbie in front of you.

2. The Story Behind Congost Barbie Dolls:

Congost, a Spanish company, began producing Barbie dolls under license from Mattel when the demand for these iconic dolls grew after the death of Franco beyond Mattel’s production capacity. This collaboration allowed Congost to create unique Barbie dolls that catered to the Spanish market, highlighting their cultural diversity and aesthetic preferences. Although a huge part of the population in Spain is black haired or brunette, Barbie dolls were almost always available as blonde version. Link to the first article about Congost Barbie https://barbie.final-memory.org/the-enigmatic-spanish-barbie-dolls-from-congost-unraveling-the-untold-story/(opens in a new tab)

3. Identifying the Hidden Treasures:

As we present these additional Congost Barbie dolls, we invite you to join us in identifying and appreciating their distinctive features. Through your help and expertise, we can shed more light on these dolls, further enriching our understanding and appreciation for Spanish Barbie dolls. At first I thought I had almost all Barbie dolls from Congost until I found more Congost Barbie dolls on a certain platform. By the way here’s one more of them https://barbielistholland.wordpress.com/2014/10/18/1959-2014-fityfive-years-big-changes-of-the-barbie-doll-part-i/1978-congost-superstar-barbie-casino-doll-nrfb-mib-spain/

4. A Glimpse into Spanish Barbie Fashion:

One of the most captivating aspects of Congost Barbie dolls is their fashion. Reflecting the vibrant Spanish culture, these dolls don exquisite ensembles that showcase the country’s rich heritage. We see here a lot of variation from the normal Barbie dolls made for the US- and European market which were unknown to almost all of us but the ones being in Spain in that time for vacation. From Alta Coutura dresses to traditional regional costumes, each outfit tells a unique story and adds to the allure of these dolls.

5. Collecting more Congost Barbie Dolls:

For avid Barbie collectors, uncovering these hidden treasures can be a thrilling experience. Whether you are a seasoned collector or a novice enthusiast, these rare Congost dolls offer an exciting addition to any Barbie collection. Their scarcity and unique designs make them highly sought after among collectors worldwide. Due to a quality not as good as the US version Barbie dolls a lot of them did not survive the millenium. That’s at least what I was told when asking a friend with an apartment in Spain.

Conclusion:

In our quest to explore the world of Barbie dolls, we’ve discovered the enchanting realm of Congost Barbie dolls. These hidden treasures from Spain, produced under license by Congost due to Mattel’s limited production capacity, captivate collectors with their distinctive charm and exquisite fashion. With your help, we can further identify and appreciate these Spanish Barbie dolls, adding to our knowledge and enjoyment of this fascinating hobby. Embark on this journey with us and uncover the beauty of Congost Barbie dolls, a testament to the allure of the Barbie universe.

The Enigmatic Spanish Barbie Dolls from Congost: Unraveling the Untold Story

Introduction of Spanish Barbie:


Spanish Barbie dolls from Congost, produced from the late 1970s to the early 1990s, have captivated collectors and enthusiasts alike. These dolls have sparked a range of emotions, with some embracing their unique charm while others dismiss them as an acquired taste. Despite their intriguing allure, the history of these dolls remains largely undocumented in any known book. In this blog post, we delve into the enigmatic world of Spanish Barbie dolls, shedding light on their production limitations, exploring the divided opinions they evoke, and uncovering the untold tales behind these collectibles.


Production Limitations Under License:

The production of Spanish Barbie dolls from Congost was subject to certain limitations imposed by the licensing agreement. These limitations partly contribute to the scarcity of information surrounding these dolls. Congost, a Spanish toy company, held the license to produce Barbie dolls during this period, but due to various factors, their production output was restricted. The limited availability and distribution of these dolls have only added to their allure, making them highly sought-after items among collectors.

Love and Hate: Divided Opinions:

Spanish Barbie dolls from Congost have generated polarizing opinions among collectors and Barbie enthusiasts. Some individuals adore their unique characteristics, which set them apart from the more mainstream Barbie dolls produced by Mattel. Others, however, remain skeptical of their unconventional design choices and perceive them as departures from the traditional Barbie aesthetic. The love-hate relationship that these dolls evoke has only deepened the mystery surrounding them, fueling curiosity and intrigue among collectors who seek to understand their true essence.

The Quest for Documentation:

The lack of comprehensive documentation on Spanish Barbie dolls from Congost has created a void waiting to be filled. While various fragmented accounts and anecdotes exist, a comprehensive and definitive resource on these dolls is yet to be discovered. This knowledge gap presents an opportunity for collectors and researchers to piece together the puzzle and contribute to the understanding of these elusive dolls. By pooling information, sharing insights, and collaborating, enthusiasts can collectively unravel the untold story of Spanish Barbie dolls from Congost. I did restore the one in the blue dress several years ago. You can read a bit about Congost here https://en.barbiepedia.com/blog/barbie-congost.html

Conclusion:

Spanish Barbie dolls from Congost remain an enigma, with their limited production under license, divided opinions, and lack of comprehensive documentation in any known book. As a result, the quest to learn more about these dolls continues to intrigue collectors and enthusiasts around the world. By delving into the history, examining the production limitations, and exploring the love-hate relationship they evoke, we can begin to uncover the hidden narratives behind these unique dolls. Let us embark on this journey together, as we strive to shed light on the captivating world of Spanish Barbie dolls from Congost.

The fascination of Congost Barbie dolls

I have collected some of the Congost Barbie dolls but my collection is anything than complete. I don’t have any reference book but I’m always happy when some fellow collectors from Spain share their knowledge about Congost Barbie dolls with me. There’s no full documentation in form of a book.

The search for Congost Barbie dolls

I’m always looking around to find these dolls. Sometimes it’s easy to find them and sometimes you have months in which you find nothing. If you like the idea of sharing my knowledge of these dolls here, you are welcome to let me know. I know I’m not the only one loving these Barbie dolls from Congost. I have some more dolls that I could share with you but I think this ok for the start. Hope you like my little idea here. I have written down some more information about Congost Barbie in a follow up article which you can read here https://barbie.final-memory.org/exploring-the-hidden-treasures-more-congost-barbie-dolls

The Frustrating Saga of the Missing Tropical Congost Ken

Introduction of Tropical Congost Ken:

In today’s interconnected world, online shopping has become a common practice. With just a few clicks, you can order products from anywhere in the world and have them delivered right to your doorstep. However, as many have experienced, not every delivery goes as smoothly as expected. In this blog post, we will delve into the frustrating tale of Busy B, who ordered a Tropical Congost Ken from Spain two weeks ago but has yet to receive it. Let’s uncover the series of events that unfolded, leading to a Barbie Ken doll chaos .

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Tropical Congost Ken

Ordering the Congost Ken:

Around two weeks ago, Busy B from Germany placed an order for a Tropical Congost Ken doll from Spain. Excitement filled her heart as he eagerly anticipated the arrival of his long-awaited package. Little did she know that this would be the start of a frustrating journey.

The Elusive Delivery:

After a few days, she received a tracking link from the buyer, allowing her to monitor the progress of this package. With anticipation, she checked the tracking details regularly, hoping to see the status change to “Out for Delivery.” However, to her dismay, the tracking information showed that the package had already been delivered by last week Friday. Being home all day long she know this a pure lie having him delivered.

The Missing Postman:

She was puzzled by this information since she have been home all day on the supposed delivery date. Busy B. has eagerly awaited the arrival of the postman, but to my surprise, no one showed up. Determined to find out what had happened, she contacted the delivery service, DHL, to inquire about the situation.

The Blame Game:

When she reached out to DHL, they claimed that the postman could not find my doorbell, hence the failed delivery attempt. She couldn’t help but feel incredulous at this response. She knew for a fact that her doorbell was functioning perfectly fine. Unfortunately, lazy postmen seem to have become a standard problem in Germany, and she couldn’t help but wonder if this was the case in her situation as well. Speaking German has become a big problem to all the postmen somehow.

The Parcel’s Unexpected Journey:

Driven by frustration, she decided to take matters into my own hands. Busy B diligently continued tracking the package and was surprised to discover that it had somehow ended up in Denmark in the last few days. In a last-ditch effort, she contacted DHL Denmark, hoping they could shed some light on the situation and assist her in retrieving her long-awaited Tropical Congost Ken.

A Disappointing Response:

To her dismay, DHL Denmark informed me that they were unable to help me as she had reached out to the wrong division of DHL. Frustration overwhelmed her as she realized she had been caught in a bureaucratic maze, unable to find a way out. The lack of proper customer service left her feeling exasperated and dissatisfied.

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Arrival of Tropical Congost Ken, end of November 2023

Conclusion:

Her experience with the missing Congost Ken serves as a reminder that even in today’s modern world, where online shopping has become the norm, there can still be hurdles and frustrations along the way. From lazy postmen to unhelpful customer service, the journey to receive a package can be much more complicated than expected. Let Ken’s story be a cautionary tale for all online shoppers and a reminder to stay patient when faced with delivery mishaps. She doesn’t know how this story will end.

Last update

Today she got a feedback from DHL still stating that my address is not available!? What a nonsense! Busy B hopes she can get the seller to send her back to me again as soon as the Ken is back in Spain. The next part of the story how Ken finally arrived at his new destination can you find here https://barbie.final-memory.org/the-frustrating-saga-of-missing-congost-ken-continues-a-journey-of-3-weeks-and-a-missing-comma/ . For more information about Spanish Ken dolls read here https://somethingabouttheboy.com/superstar/mattel-european-exclusives/ or for Congost as a toy company from Spain https://en.barbiepedia.com/blog/barbie-congost.html.

The Evolution of Barbie and Her Family: A Nostalgic Journey Back to the 1960s

Introduction of the evolution of Barbie and her family:

In the world of dolls, Barbie has undeniably left an indelible mark. Since her creation in 1959, Barbie has captivated the hearts of countless children and collectors alike. However, Barbie’s journey was not a solitary one. Throughout the 1960s, Barbie’s family grew, introducing a diverse cast of characters that added depth to her imaginative world. Let’s take a look back at the evolution of Barbie’s family during this iconic era and have a look at the evolution of Barbie and her family with a nostalgic journey back to the 1960s.

1959: Barbie, the Trailblazing Fashionista

Barbie made her debut in 1959, breaking the mold with her stylish fashion choices and glamorous lifestyle. Created by Ruth Handler, co-founder of Mattel, Barbie was named after Handler’s daughter, Barbara. With her chic attire and sophisticated demeanor, Barbie quickly became a role model for young girls everywhere.

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First Barbie from 1959

1961: Ken, Barbie’s Dashing Companion

Two years after Barbie’s introduction, Ken stepped into the spotlight. Named after Handler’s son, Kenneth, Ken became Barbie’s dashing companion. With his charm and impeccable fashion sense, Ken perfectly complemented Barbie’s elegance. Together, they embarked on countless adventures, capturing the imagination of children across the globe. I wrote an article about the early Kens last year which you can read here https://barbie.final-memory.org/ken-ken-or-ken

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Barbie and Ken in 1961, the first evolution of Barbie and her family

1963: Midge, Barbie’s Best Friend

In 1963, Barbie welcomed her best friend, Midge, into her ever-growing circle. Midge was known for her vibrant personality and her infectious laughter. With her cheerful demeanor, Midge added an element of fun and camaraderie to Barbie’s world. The bond between Barbie and Midge showcased the importance of friendship and support.

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Barbie got a best female friend, another evolution of Barbie and her family

1964: Skipper, Barbie’s Adorable Sister and Ken’s best friend Alan

The following year, Barbie’s family expanded further with the arrival of Skipper and Ken’s best friend Alan, who is also regarded as the boyfriend of Midge. As Barbie’s younger sister, Skipper brought a youthful energy to the mix. With her playful spirit and trendy outfits, Skipper became a beloved character among young Barbie enthusiasts. Together, Barbie and Skipper embarked on countless sisterly adventures, fostering the importance of sibling bonds.

You can see all family members until 1964, starting with Barbie, to Ken, Midge, Skipper and Alan

Like Barbie, Skipper and Midge go out to the city, Alan and Ken also spend their free time together going hunting or for a Saturday night dance. Alan has the same size like Ken. They are designed to share their clothes. Alan is also the secret hero of Barbie – the movie, the one with his striped beach shirt that probably nobody outside the Barbie community can identify without problems.  Alan is easy to identify by his red hair. After being introduced in 1963 he disappears in 1967 and re-appears in 1990 to marry Midge after a friendship of almost 30 years. Isn’t that incredible?

1965: Francie, Barbie’s Fashion-Forward Cousin

Barbie’s cousin, Francie, made her debut in 1965. Known for her impeccable fashion taste and avant-garde style, Francie pushed the boundaries of fashion and became an inspiration for young trendsetters. Her presence in Barbie’s world highlighted the importance of individuality and self-expression.

Barbie family and friends in 1965 starting with Barbie & Ken to Midge and Alan to Skipper, Francie

1966: Tutti, Barbie’s Cherished Baby Sister and her twin brother Todd

Barbie’s family was completed in 1966 with the arrival of Tutti and Todd, Barbie’s adorable baby sister and baby brother twins. With their innocent charm and tiny stature, Tutti and Todd captured the hearts of both children and adults alike. Tutti’s and Todd’s inclusion in Barbie’s world emphasized the importance of family and the joy that younger siblings bring.

Barbie family and friends in 1966 starting with Barbie & Ken to Midge and Alan to Skipper, Francie and Tutti

Conclusion:

Barbie’s journey through the 1960s was not just a personal one. It was a journey of growth, friendship, and familial love. As Barbie’s family expanded, so did the opportunities for imaginative play and storytelling. The evolution of Barbie and her family is not always easy to understand because a lot of member come and suddenly disappear again. For a deeper look at all friends I wrote an article many years ago Barbie doll wiki: What to know about Ken, Alan and the other male friends

Through the introduction of Ken, Midge, Skipper, Francie, and Tutti, Barbie’s world became more diverse and inclusive, reflecting the changing times of the 1960s. These iconic characters left an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of children, ensuring that Barbie’s legacy would endure for generations to come. In the late 60s the first black friends of Barbie were available. They are maybe worth another blog post since some friends are new in the Barbie world while others disappear again without any trace. Let’s hope that the evolution of Barbie and her family will continue in the future.

Barbie: A Journey From Perfect World to Real Emotions

Introduction to Barbie the movie: A Journey From Perfect World to Real Emotions

Last night, I had the opportunity to attend the pre-premiere of the much-anticipated Barbie, the movie at our local cinema. Can we consider it as a journey from the perfect world to real emotions ? As I walked into the theater, I was taken aback by the overwhelming crowd that had gathered for the screening. It seemed that the allure of Barbie had drawn in more visitors than anyone had anticipated. Excitement filled the air as the lights dimmed, and the movie began.

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Local cinema just minutes before the premiere

The Beginning – a perfect Barbie world?:

The movie opened with scenes already known from the trailer, giving us a glimpse into the magical and perfect world of Barbie. The visuals were stunning, showcasing a perfect Barbie land where every day was filled with joy and happiness. It was a world that many of us could only dream of. The attention to detail was remarkable, and it immediately captured the audience’s attention.

Barbie’s Owner and Real Emotions:

In the real world, Barbie’s owner was a young girl who loved her dearly. She played with Barbie, creating scenes and stories that brought her imagination to life. However, as the movie progressed, it became evident that the young girl had turned in a woman in her mid 40s who was feeling a sense of sadness in her real life. She mirrored the same emotions that Barbie seemed to experience in her perfect world which suddenly was not perfect anymore.

The Perfect World Shattered:

Unexpectedly, the perfect world that Barbie inhabited began to crumble. As Barbie’s owner faced challenges and hardships, Barbie could no longer ignore the real emotions that were surfacing within her. The once idyllic Barbie land was transformed into a world of chaos and uncertainty. It was a pivotal moment in the movie, as Barbie realized that she needed to venture into the real world to find healing and a deeper understanding of herself.

Barbie’s Journey to the Real World:

With determination in her eyes, Barbie made the courageous decision to leave her perfect world behind and embark on a journey into the real world. This marked a significant turning point in the movie, as Barbie stepped out of her comfort zone and embraced the challenges that awaited her. Ken smuggled himself into her pink car and joined her on the trip to the real world. The audience was captivated by the transformation that Barbie underwent, as she navigated the complexities of the real world with grace and resilience.

Ken caused chaos in Barbie’s perfect world and caused real emotions

Ken also discovered the real world in his own way. Finding the masculine world more than enticing he tried to import horses and patriarchy into the Barbie world with the idea to dominate it. After realizing that Ken wanted to take over Barbieland Barbie travels back with the Barbie owner that made her feel sad and her daughter to save the Barbie world from Ken.

Conclusion:

The Barbie movie, while having a somewhat trashy storyline, managed to strike a chord with the audience. It highlighted the importance of acknowledging and embracing our true emotions, even if they are not always pleasant. Barbie’s journey from her perfect world to the real world served as a reminder that healing and growth often come from stepping outside of our comfort zones.

As the credits rolled, the crowded cinema erupted with applause, a testament to the impact that Barbie had on the audience. Despite its flaws, the movie succeeded in delivering a powerful message of self-discovery and resilience. It left the viewers reflecting on their own lives, inspired to embrace their emotions and embark on their own journeys of healing. The secret hero in this play is however Allan.

In my opinion it’s also beneficial to know the characters from the 1960s until 1990s to understand the movie completely. Ruth Handler also appears as nice old lady living in the cellar of the Mattel headquarter. At the end we learn that Ruth was only a ghost since she died over two decades ago.

Keeping my promise – Barbie: A Journey from the perfect world to real emotions

In my first article about the movie which you can read here https://barbie.final-memory.org/barbie-the-movie-and-tickets-for-a-pre-premiere/ I promised to wear my Pinup Couture dress and bring a Ponytail Barbie with me to the cinema. In my wildest dreams I hoped to find a pink box like some of you may already have seen via Facebook. However our cinema had no such pink box for photos and we had to improvise for the photo.

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In our local cinema without the pink box

Everywhere Pink

What we experienced was a whole cinema full with people dresses in pink. My dress has also a little bit of pink in it but it’s not completely pink. Yesterday pink seemed not to be a matter of age, just what the visitors imagined when thinking of Barbie. Maybe I’m a little bit old fashioned but I think the pink is a bit narrow-minded since Barbie represents at least for me more the the color pink.

A Halloween outfit for Francie doll?

A new outfit for Francie – a Halloween outfit maybe?

Recently we had Halloween and I thought for a long time about doing an outfit for our little Francie doll or not. You know I’m not the biggest fan of Halloween and it’s not really celebrated here.

We rather celebrate St. Martin and do our own lanterns here in Europe and go to a lantern procession when we are little and come from the German speaking areas of Europe but hey, I try to satisfy all my viewers here. That’s where the idea with the outfit for Francie came from. You know I love to play around with ideas for new clothes for Francie doll. She’s at the moment my favorite doll to design for. For Barbie there are lots of patterns but for Francie there aren’t.

That’s at least the idea why Francie gets a lot of attention when I do my own patterns for fashion dolls. I think she’s often overlooked. There are lots of fashion dolls and she’s just one of them. Maybe a small one but one one should not overlook. That’s why I love to do new outfits for Francie.

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1/4 of the pattern for the Halloween skirt for Francie in a short version

Ideas that came into my mind for this Halloween outfit for Francie

As you all know I love sewing for little 15 year Francie doll, cousin of Barbie. She’s so cute and mine has only a few clothes I made for her. That’s why I do my own outfits, sew and improve my designing skills in pattern making.

In this case my idea was clear. A simple skirt and a easy but stylish top. Nothing complicated since a lot of you don’t have the biggest experience in sewing. I wanted to keep it as simple as possible. That’s why you only get a twp piece outfit here. You only need one calculation and one drawing to do it. I think doing it easier is almost impossible. I imagined something like a witch skirt when doing it. I have a similar dress that I wore to the ball after graduation of High School. I love to be creative and that’s how the idea came into my mind. Don’t worry it’s still very easy.

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1/4 of the pattern for the Halloween skirt for Francie in full length

A simple idea how to create the outfit

You only need to measure once round her waist and then use the formula for the circumstance to get our radius. That’s the same thing you would do when designing a circle skirt but this skirt here had rectangles, almost a kind of square but with the waist part that we need cut out. That’s very easy, isn’t it?

After sewing all four parts together you already have the skirt. The amount of time you need to sew this is very limited. You can do it within one hour. I think that should be no problem for the majority of you when having real interest in following my idea and doing the skirt and top for your Francie too. You are welcome to reproduce my idea and learn something on your way.

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Francie in Halloween outfit

You could also use it for Christmas when you do it in another color like red or green to make it very festive. You know I’m very flexible with my designs. Why not using them for another occasion?

DIY Tailor’s Ham in Barbie Size

The idea for the diy tailor’s ham in Barbie size

Welcome to today’s blog post, where I’ll be sharing with you my ingenious idea of creating a DIY tailor’s ham in Barbie size. Now, you might be wondering how this idea came about. Well, it wasn’t actually my own idea to create one. I stumbled upon it while browsing through YouTube, where I saw a tutorial for making tailor’s hams for taller fashion dolls. However, I couldn’t find any instructions specifically for Barbie dolls. So, I decided to take matters into my own hands and invent my own Barbie-sized tailor’s ham. In this blog post, I will guide you through the step-by-step process of creating this handy tool for your Barbie doll’s sewing needs.

Materials Needed:

Before we dive into the tutorial, let’s gather the materials required for this DIY project. Here’s what you’ll need:

1. A small piece of cotton fabric

2. Hamster bedding or cotton batting

3. Sewing needle and thread

4. Scissors

5. Measuring tape or ruler

6. Optional: fabric marker or chalk

Step 1: Preparing the Pattern

To start, we need to create a pattern for our Barbie-sized tailor’s ham. Measure and mark a rectangle on the cotton fabric, approximately 5 inches long and 3 inches wide. This will be the base of our tailor’s ham. Next, draw curved lines on the short edges of the rectangle, mimicking the shape of a traditional tailor’s ham. Cut out the pattern carefully.

Step 2: Sewing the Base

Fold the fabric in half lengthwise, with the right sides facing each other. Pin the edges together to secure. Using a sewing needle and thread, stitch along the curved lines, leaving a small opening at one end to allow for stuffing. Remember to backstitch at the beginning and end of your sewing to reinforce the stitches. Once you’ve completed the stitching, trim any excess fabric and turn the fabric right side out.

Step 3: Stuffing the Tailor’s Ham

Now comes the fun part – stuffing the tailor’s ham! Take small amounts of polyester fiberfill or cotton batting and gently stuff it into the opening of the ham. Use a pencil or the blunt end of a knitting needle to push the stuffing into the corners and ensure an even distribution. Continue stuffing until the tailor’s ham feels firm but still soft to the touch.

Step 4: Closing the Opening

Once you’re satisfied with the stuffing, it’s time to close the opening. Fold the raw edges of the fabric inside and neatly hand stitch the opening closed. Make sure your stitches are secure and hidden within the fabric.

Step 5: Finishing Touches

Congratulations! You’ve successfully created your very own Barbie-sized tailor’s ham. Give it a gentle shake to distribute the stuffing evenly and shape it into its desired form. Your tailor’s ham is now ready to be used for all your miniature sewing projects!

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Francie shorts with diy tailor’s ham

If you can’t buy do the tailor’s ham in Barbie size or Francie size yourself

Yes, of course there are several videos about how to do your own tailor’s hams out there. It’s not very hard to do your own version of it but I needed a special form because a normal tailor’s ham is way to big for miniatures. I needed one for skirts and trousers and one for armholes. Armholes are the hardest to iron projects when you don’t have the right sewing supplies.

In the past I had the problem to put the arm through the armhole because the seam was in the way. I’m not perfect in doing arms and armholes. I’m still practising to come to perfection one day but for my projects it’s working at the moment. Just needed a way to improve my possibilities in supplies here. I hope this will make the process easier in the next projects.

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Tailor’s ham in Barbie size

I also have a mini ironing board for Barbie dolls but I have not used it often because the arm part did not fit the way I hoped it would. It’s a nice idea and for some projects it will work but not for all projects.

I hope that my idea helps you out there too to diy your own tailor’s ham without spending a huge amount of money. You can do it in any shape you like. It’s completely up to you. I don’t want to urge you to do it the same way I showed it here. You can tailor it to any size you may need and that’s one positive thing for me because you are not dependent on any industry.

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Diy tailor’s ham for arms in Francie doll size
How to do your own diy tailor’s ham in Barbie size

For those of you interested in the filling it’s something very easy. For tailor’s ham bedding is used like you can see in the pic below. It’s the stuff that you used for cages for Hamsters, Bunnies and so on. It’s easy to get and cheap. This was not my idea. In my research I used other videos and blog posts.

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Bedding used for tailor’s hams

Other diy tailor’s hams on youtube for taller fashion dolls and humans

In this blog post, we explored the world of DIY sewing tools for Barbie dolls and learned how to create our own tailor’s ham in Barbie size. Although the idea was not originally mine, I took inspiration from a YouTube tutorial and adapted it to suit the needs of our beloved fashion dolls. The tailor’s hams for humans were way too large and other youtube videos did not show their measurements. To solve the problem I played around a bit to find the right measurements and now, you can enhance your Barbie doll’s sewing experience with this handy and functional tool. So, gather your materials, follow the step-by-step instructions, and start creating beautiful miniature garments with your very own diy Barbie size tailor’s ham. Happy sewing!

DIY Fashion: A how to Make a pair of Shorts for a Fashion Doll

Introduction of how to make a pair of shorts for a fashion doll

Welcome to the exciting world of DIY fashion! In this blog post, we will delve into the art of making a pair of shorts specifically designed for a fashion doll. If you’ve been wanting to explore this creative endeavor but have encountered difficulties in creating the right pattern, fear not! We will guide you through the process and reveal the trick to easily creating the perfect pattern. Let’s get started!

This was a topic I really wanted to work on for a long while but pattern making patterns is always time consuming. I already did a pattern for a pair of pants in the begin of the year but it was not perfect and I did not find the time to improve my skills immediately. In another way I never lost the interest in how to make a pair of shorts for a fashion doll. I saw a video where you could learn how to make a pair of short for your doll from a skirt pattern.

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A prototype pair of shorts for Francie

Materials for this project

Before we begin, let’s gather the necessary materials for this project. You will need:

  1. Fabric of your choice
  2. Scissors
  3. Sewing machine or needle and thread
  4. Measuring tape
  5. Pins

Step 1: Taking Measurements

To ensure a well-fitted pair of shorts, it’s important to start with accurate measurements. Carefully measure the fashion doll’s waist, hips, and desired length of the shorts. Note down these measurements for reference during the pattern creation and cutting stages.

Step 2: Creating the Pattern

Now that we have the measurements, it’s time to create the pattern for the shorts. Here’s the trick: start with a basic skirt pattern as a template and just adjust it a little. If you’ve had difficulties creating a pattern for normal trousers, don’t worry. We will simplify the process for you.

Begin by folding your fabric in half, aligning the selvage edges. Place the trouser pattern on the folded fabric, ensuring that the waistline matches the fold. Pin the pattern in place and carefully cut around it, resulting in two mirrored pieces. These will form the front and back of the shorts.

With this skirt pattern I tried to find my own mistakes from the beginning of the year. I knew my pattern was not perfect but I did not know where to start my improvements.

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Francie with different patterns in different lengths

Step 3: Sewing the Shorts

With the pattern pieces ready, it’s time to sew the shorts together. Place the front and back pieces together, right sides facing each other. Pin the side seams and inseams, ensuring they align perfectly.

Using a sewing machine or needle and thread, sew along the pinned seams, leaving the waistline and leg openings open. Remember to reinforce the stitches at the beginning and end of each seam. Trim any excess fabric and finish the raw edges with a zigzag stitch or serger.

My pattern fitted my Francie very well and so I decided to work on this pattern for my Supersize Barbie as well. The pattern on her also worked very well. So now at least I have created a basic for my future work of how to make a pair of shorts for your fashion doll.

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A pair of pants made by Busy B from Germany

Step 4: Adding the Waistband

To create a comfortable and secure fit, we will add an elastic waistband. Measure the doll’s waist circumference and cut a piece of elastic slightly smaller to allow for a snug fit.

Fold over the waistline of the shorts, leaving a small opening to insert the elastic. Thread the elastic through the waistband using a safety pin or elastic threader. Once the elastic is completely inserted, overlap the ends and sew them securely together. Finally, sew the small opening closed.

I think I got the basics now and I can make the length longer or shorter for the dolls I have here. I think that’s one of the most satisfying things you can see when you want to improve your abilities as a tailor.

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Measuring Francie for the pattern

Step 5: Finishing Touches

To complete your doll’s fashionable shorts, take a moment to inspect for any loose threads or uneven seams. Trim any excess threads and press the shorts with a warm iron to give them a polished look.

If you want to learn how to do this very easy pattern transformation for your doll I can recommend you to watch the video below. It contains a step by step instruction how to do this yourself.

Conclusion of how to make a pair of shorts for a fashion doll:

Congratulations! You have successfully created a pair of stylish shorts for your fashion doll. By following our step-by-step guide and understanding the trick to pattern creation, you can now venture into the world of DIY doll fashion with confidence. Be sure to experiment with different fabrics, patterns, and embellishments to create a diverse wardrobe for your doll. Happy crafting!