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It looks like I'll have to see what Barbie patterns Mom saved from when we were little burritos next month because I've only found one Barbie pattern in my pattern stash and it's not for clothing but accessories. (I bought it to make a hanging organizer to hold her dolls.)

I found a couple of free patterns I might print and take a stab (haha) at later: Summer Fun, a beach outfit and bag from Ben Franklin Crafts, and a bunch of fashionable patterns in German.

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I finished the jumpers (think overalls with Velcro® closures where the metal hardware would be on overalls) I committed to sew for the second grade musical production next month. I'm not completely pleased with them, but they look reasonably good and they'll serve their purpose well. I took photos to document that I'm not a total klutz sewing slippery fabric lined in costume satin or the other insane fabric combinations I bravely manhandled pinned, serged and finished rather neatly.

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If you read Bookslut or CounterPunch you've already seen this, but John Ross' column "When A Language Dies" brought tears to my eyes. It also strengthened my desire to learn Nahuatl.

Speaking of Bookslut, the best one-liner I've seen in months comes from Michael Schaub on newly found evidence that CS Lewis opposed the idea of a screen adaptation of his Narnia books:

You don't even want to know what Jesus thought about The Passion of the Christ.

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I bought a tin of General Foods International™ Chai Latte on impulse at the dollar store over the weekend. It's disturbing -- tea from powder?! -- but oddly compelling. I also bought two mini tins of Altoids just so I can stitch a pair of tiny tin toppers for them and Laurel and I found a spring-wire and nylon crinkle tunnel that's now wrapped and under the tree for Biko.

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During the hurried bringing-inside-of-plants earlier this month when we had a frost warning, the hibiscus came inside in a deep plastic tray it had sat in during our summer vacation to hold extra water. It had a small amount of standing water in it and now we have mosquitoes. Ugh. I emptied the tray outside today and found a plant saucer for it so it's a little better, but I am kicking myself over that lapse of judgment.

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lenabud
Nov. 29th, 2005 08:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, I hope you can find more Barbie patterns. Good luck
oddharmonic
Nov. 29th, 2005 09:47 pm (UTC)
All of the major pattern companies make Barbie patterns, I just haven't bought any yet. There's a company that makes Barbie sewing patterns on CD, too.

Thanks!
slutmuphin
Nov. 29th, 2005 08:48 pm (UTC)
i may be 25 and all, but recently my mom has been sewing holiday-themed outfits for my beloved cabbage patch kid (the one i got as a wee thing, the very same one that my brother "gave a haircut" to and now she has a chunk of her pretty red hair missing). yay for sewing for dolls...though i'd rather do it for cabbage patch kids because they're bigger and easier to manage. you're a good mom for trying to make barbie stuff.

interestingly enough, i never owned a barbie....hmm, maybe that's why i'm a big queer. :)
oddharmonic
Nov. 29th, 2005 09:36 pm (UTC)
I have a couple of Cabbage Patch Kid pattern books from 1984 (Designer Clothes From The Cabbage Patch [Plaid #7686] and Cabbage Patch Kids Pony & Western Wear [Plaid #7810]) and a bunch of CPK logo iron-ons scaled for doll clothing if you'd like them.

I had to share Barbies with my sister, so I didn't like them as much as I liked the Lego bricks I rarely had to share with her.
slutmuphin
Nov. 29th, 2005 09:44 pm (UTC)
oh my god! i'd love them if you're no longer in need of them! i love to sew and clearly emmy (the cabbage patch kid) needs a western outfit! i'd promise pictures of the finished product. right now she's dressed in her christmas gown. her shoes even have jingle bells on them.
oddharmonic
Nov. 29th, 2005 10:11 pm (UTC)
They're in storage in Colorado right now. I'd be happy to mail them to you after I get there next month. I might have some single CPK outfit patterns, too.

In 1983/84, Mom made a bunch of CPK dolls (complete with cloth heads, which are insanely time-consuming) on commission for folks who wanted them after the stores sold out. I don't remember those very well, but I do remember her making the Western outfits and pony for another commission a few years later. I was envious of those kids because they had doll-sized furniture.
ekdogg
Nov. 29th, 2005 09:27 pm (UTC)
I think technology will help the adaptation of the CS Lewis book. I know what he is saying ... given that time's technology it would have looked odd.
oddharmonic
Nov. 29th, 2005 09:51 pm (UTC)
I think so too, and the commments to that letter generally agree.

I was mostly amused by thinking what Jesus would think of any movie, let alone The Passion of the Christ.
popcornoblivion
Nov. 29th, 2005 09:47 pm (UTC)
My grandmother and I made Barbie clothes almost every Saturday when I was a little girl. I never really had too many patterns (hooray for poodle-adorned circle skirts made out of felt), but this post brought back good memories. :)

I did find some knitting patterns for Barbie at Knitty, though - here's a link.
oddharmonic
Nov. 29th, 2005 10:02 pm (UTC)
Mom sewed doll clothes for us with remnants from full-scale things she made, so I'm pretty sure she still has the patterns. She sorted a few patterns out of her stash for me to list on eBay awhile back, but they were all children's clothing patterns.

I need to learn how to knit (Knitty always has cute things!) or crochet so I can make things from all the free knit and crochet Barbie patterns I've found.

Crafting with your grandmother sounds like it was really great. (:
vogonpoet
Dec. 5th, 2005 10:16 am (UTC)
Wow, I didn't realize just how busy I have been in the last few weeks. I didn't even see this post!

I just posted the link to the pattern for the life-sized doll that I keep meaning to make for the midget and my nieces. :/ This pattern is printer friendly. (For those who care about this sort of thing, look here.)

Time is a buggeroo, eh? It was just a few dozen weeks ago that I was changing diapers on the nerdsprout... Heh... and on the jiffysprout, as well, I guess. LOL

Do you still wonder why I don't sleep?

Oh, and I'm supposed to say that the newsprout says, "Hi" from beyond the void. Why do ppl wear pen stripes? I guess I'm clueless.
oddharmonic
Dec. 6th, 2005 08:15 am (UTC)
You didn't miss much.

I found most of the Cindy doll pattern pieces when I was cleaning the dining room; I'll put them into a gallon ziplock bag for safekeeping in the morning.

Time isn't as slippery for me, I'm just wired after drinking three glasses of sweet tea in the evening without any 12-hour Sudafed in my system for it to counteract and make me sleepy. d:

I haven't wondered why you don't sleep, although I sometimes wonder why our insomnia rarely overlaps. I think it's mostly because my internal clock is skewed more toward the evening and yours is toward the morning.

Newsprout?

I think people wear pinstripes because it's a classic look -- in tailored pieces, anyway. I've seen some scary things done with pinstripe fabric.
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