I got the mail the other day and found a great package from Melissa.
Barbie patterns spilled out as I opened the package. Even before I read the note I was so-so happy to see the Simplicity pattern in the front. Melissa had been weeding out her mother’s pattern and thought of me.
Growing up, I played lots and lots of Barbies. I have a niece that is four years younger than me and I played and played and played with her. We’re of the “Malibu” Barbie era.
Lucky for us both of our moms liked to sew…they even liked to sew Barbie clothes. The outfit in the upper right corner of the Simplicity pattern was one of my favorite outfits that they made. My niece Jody and I both had matching outfits. I ran up to my bedroom and found my Barbie box wondering if I still had the outfit.
My own girls often played with my Barbies when they were kids so many of my things have been lost or broken. I looked and looked by no dress was found. Although Ken has seen his better days, he does have the shirt. It appears he’s lost both legs though.
The kimono in the upper left had corner was one of the first Barbie clothes pieces I ever sewed on the sewing machine. Foolishly I tried making it with stretchy polyester fabric. Believe me I learned to love cotton after that experience.
The thing that made me so happy is that I didn’t own this pattern. My sister did. I am super excited that Melissa gifted it to me and now I own it. I had fun looking through the other patterns. I keep thinking someday I’ll have reason to pull this one out again and sew up some clothes. Lucky for me, I love sewing doll clothes.
I had fun looking through the other patterns too. I remember making an outfit of the “gypsy” costume for my girls. Ah…nostalgia.
In the box were also two books for the kiddos. Goodnight Gorilla is one that they already love. In one day I read it four times. They think it’s so funny.
Thanks so much for thinking of me Melissa. You brought a smile to face and sweet memory to my heart….a perfect gift.