I'm going to start with the home made clothing pieces.And share the factory made pieces in another post.
You are going to be seeing a lot of repetition within this section. I will be talking about 15 items in this post, out of those 15 pieces only 3 different fabrics were used. The majority of the pieces were made from either a blue or a brown fabric. You'll also be seeing a lot of repeating silhouettes. I wouldn't be shocked if there was a vintage Barbie pattern that all these pieces originated from. Quite honestly, I might even have it in my pattern stash, I just haven't found it yet. If anyone recognizes the pattern, I would appreciate you letting me know. But that's enough set up, let's start talking about the clothes themselves!
I'm going to start with the items made from the brown fabric. Our first item is a pair of pants. These (and all of the brown pieces) are made from a medium weight brown woven material. I'd guess a cotton twill? These are your basic pants, made for Ken. They are hemmed at the top and bottom with matching brown thread, but have contrasting top stitching in yellow for fake pockets and fly. They have side seams and are bell bottom shaped. I'm not sure if that's intentional or not. I do like the style of these, just not the application. I guess I'm going to have to hunt down the pattern. I will in time have several Mod era Ken's to dress and they'll need pants. They close in the back with a single snap. They are pretty decent quality, but there's a few places where the fabric has frayed and come lose from the hem. They're not too terrible as far as home made clothing goes. Moving on we have another pair of Ken pants. Made from the same pattern, these are nearly identical to the first pair. This pair however has yellow rickrack glued to the bottom hem. Whoever added the trim didn't apply it correctly so the rickrack begins and ends at the front of the pants. Also the glue makes the legs hole openings really stiff and hard to put on the doll. Other than that difference, these pants are almost exactly like the first pair. I like the first pair better. I have no love for rickrack.
Back to the rapidly getting familiar pieces. There's a lot more clothing pieces in blue than the brown. They are all made from a cotton twill. These are definitely twill, so the brown fabric must be something else. Just a woven cotton fabric I guess. Up first we have two pairs of Ken pants. I'm going to lump them
together to save time. These are exactly the same as the other two pairs except they're blue and they use red thread instead of the brown/yellow and have red rickrack instead of yellow. They are just like the first pairs, but in different colors. They have the same issues as the other pants too. (Just a quick note going forward, all rickrack has been glued on.)
After that we have another play suit. Pretty much identical to the brown one, except the straps at the neck are longer. That's right, this one does fit vintage Ken. However it is a pain to tie the strap in the back when he's wearing
it, but we all have our struggles. And I'll bet you have no clue what our fourth item is, a dress with a 4 gored skirt with a halter top! It's pretty much the exact same as the last one, except with this one that omitted the snap at the bottom of the skirt. It still opens up completely in the back it just doesn't have a snap at the bottom to keep it closed.
But wait, there's more!There were four brown clothing items that had matching blue clothing pieces, but there's more blue pieces to discuss! Yet, still several familiar pieces.
Up first we have a pair of shorts. These are the exact same ones as the attached ones in the play suit. They fit vintage Allen very nicely. They're a little low on him (slightly above hip huggers) so that's why you know they're for Barbie instead of him. She has less distance between the end of her torso and her waist, so they'd wear higher for her. Also made out of the blue fabric we have a blue fabric belt. Again, this is the exact same tie you'd find on the play suit, just not on a play suit. I guess they were tired of making them together so they were trying them out as seperates. I don't have the halter top seperalty though. Either they never made it, or it didn't survive in the lot.
After that we have another skirt. This is another maxi skirt, but instead of the four gores, it's just one, very similar shape though. It does have the red rickrack at the bottom like the last one. I actually kind of like this, it's very simple, but chic. Not sure if I'll ever use it, but it has better chances than some of the other home made stuff that came in the lot. Like the other skirts it opens completely in the back and closes with two snaps, one on the top at the waist, and one at the bottom. The next item is just like the last one, it's another skirt, made from one piece of fabric with red stitching and closes with two snaps. However it is a bit different in the fact that it uses the red rickrack very differently. It has lines of rickrack going vertically on the skirt, with one going straight at the back hem. I also like this one, it's different an uses the rickrack in an interesting way. I'm really not sure if I'll ever find a use for it, but I at least think it's interesting.
Moving on from that, we have something totally different. It's a pair of shirts. They're both made
Our final item is.... a bit if a mystery to me. It's obviously another shirt. It's somewhat similar to the ones I just finished talking about but it's clearly a different pattern. It doesn't have any darts, so it could be for Barbie or Ken. It is larger than the two shirts from above. It also has built in sleeves and flares out at the waist. It almost has an A-line silhouette, which is a feminine style, so I guess it's for Barbie. The weirdest thing about this top is that it has two sewn in panels to the front of it (I assume it's the front). The panels themselves aren't that unusual. The Japanese school girl uniform I make does those, but only one. This one has two so they overlap each other. Also, they are both hemmed, but sewn into the shirt backwards so the sides with the hem are shown. I really cannot figure out why the top has that feature. It doesn't have any snaps, nor any evidence it had any at some point. I just don't know what it's supposed to be. Any idea dear readers?
So that was the home made pieces, nothing that really interests me so I don't really plan on using or keeping any of them. At most a piece or two might be used as inspiration for something I sew.
Stay tuned for the next post; factory made clothing!