It all started one Saturday morning
when Barbie got out of Bed to get dressed.
As she dug through her drawers looking
for something to wear.
She felt she couldn't find a thing
to wear, so she headed for the closet.
Sorting through her entire wardrobe,
this was to big , that too small, this she has just worn far too
often. She still found nothing.
She was tired of all the clothes she
had. Even though her drawers were full and her
closet was over flowing. She wanted something different she was
tired of wearing the same old things. As
she sat drinking her morning coffee thinking about what to wear,
depressed about her current wardrobe.
She suddenly thought "I will
So she dressed in a pair of pants
and shirt that were easy to get off & on.
Grabbing her credit card. She was
off to one of the major chains in her town she had bought from
so many times before.
After spending an hour & a half
in the store she found nothing that she wanted. Many of the same
old clothes she already has or just the wrong style. Leaving empty
handed and not ready to give up yet, the day was young.
She headed for another major chain
where she shopped before. After spending 2 hours there searching
through - evening gowns - wild colors and some new belly styles
she still could not find any outfit that she wanted.
Leaving again empty handed, by now
she was getting hungry from all the shopping and her stomach was
growling. Not having much cash on her she went home to eat some
cold pizza from the night before.
Now heading for a state of depression
over her shopping experience she sat and picked at the pepperoni
on her pizza.
Suddenly she remembered a girlfriend
told her about this outfit she just bought off eBay. So
Barbie grabbed her soda and headed for her computer.
She logged on to the internet.
After entering eBay's URL, she gets
the homepage. Looking around she sees a feature on the front page,
"Barbie Fashions". Smiling she clicked on the link following
the links to clothing & accessories. The first page comes
up, she scrolls reading the titles, Used Lot - Vintage Lot - Barbie
fashion - Ball Gowns - Fashion Evening - Huge Lot - then clicking
to the next page - Handmade Barbie Dress - She clicked. Up came
a beautiful floor length gown, being modeled by Theresa. Knowing
Theresa was close to the same size, She thought, " I could
wear that", but Barbie had not been to a ball or party in
years where she would wear something like that.
She clicked back, another Handmade
link, so she clicked to see another nice floor length gown, click
back and going to the 3rd page, clicking every Handmade link she
found finding - gowns - shorts - summer dresses - bolas - many
nice clothes she liked, but it is February and she wanted something
warmer more suited to wearing to work, like a warm skirt with
a long sleeve jacked. Barbie already had a lot of shirts and if
she could just find a skirt and jacket that would match any one
of her shirts she has, then she could switch it off with different
shirts and feel like she has a few new outfits.
Then she saw "Handmade SilkStone"
Hesitating knowing that SilkStone Barbie and her were not the
same size, she had to look anyway, knowing that those SilkStone
ladies really knew how to dress. She clicked and Up came THE
PERFECT OUTFIT! It was a real classy skirt and jacket set,
the most beautiful that Barbie had ever seen! It was just what
she was looking for, so she read all the details. Then her heart
sank when she saw "Made to fit SilkStone
will not fit any other Barbie". She really wanted
to put a bid on that outfit - she really wanted it! She sat and
gazed at the outfit dreaming. Then it came to her "handmade
that's it I will make my own outfit", " I will make
one that will fit me!"
She remembered the dress form and
sewing machine in the attic that her grandmother had given her.
The machine was old but "it ran good when she hauled it up
there", she thought. Looking at the clock, it was a little
past 4. Barbie grabbed her coat and off to the fabric store she
When she got there she looked through
the Barbie patterns and found one she really liked and looked
a lot like the one that SilkStone was wearing on eBay. She grabbed
it up and put it in her basket. She found several other patterns
she liked too and got them all at half price, "What a Deal
she thought". After picking out some fabric she picked up
some needed sewing supplies, pins, measuring tape, buttons, snaps,
scissors and thread.
Excited she went home that evening
and hauled the dress form and sewing machine down from the attic.
She sat down to read the pattern. "WOW" she thought
"there is a lot to making this outfit!" There were terms
and directions that she did not understand, but she was going
to give it a try anyhow.
She she lay awake for hours
thinking about sewing her new outfit.
The next morning she got up early
- excited to get started, she grabbed a cup of coffee, then started
cutting out her pattern. By mid afternoon she was busy sewing
As she went step by step following
the instructions it started making sense. By that evening she
finished the last bit of sewing on her jacket. Excited she tried
it on "IT FITS!" She yelled!
She then put it on the dress form,
pinning it together so she could see where to place her buttons.
She felt proud "MY FIRST HANDMADE JACKET!"
She could see a few errors but they did not spoil her excitement
over the jacket. She knew that she could make more and get better
with each and every one she made.
She then went back to her sewing machine
and started making the skirt.
Opening the doors to whole new world
knows you could maybe find one of her outfits in the future on
eBay under OOAK!
Pictures and Story by: Debra Wylie
IF you read this story - I would
love to hear your feed back.
Also I have found many little
girls that loved this story and even
big girls that are as old as Barbie........
A SeWing in German - Deutsche Übersetzung: Kerstin
im September 2004, mit Genehmigung der Autorin - Thank you Kerstin