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Here Comes the Bride

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Finally finished the Barbie wedding gown and she is a beauty. The detail is outstanding right down to the trim on the sleeves and the crochet sachet for the bouquet.

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Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

The bouquet is a cluster of flowers on a pillow sachet.

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(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

OMG _You should send these photos to Matel. I bet they would pay BIG, BIG bucks to get their hands on that. It is incredible Candee. What a fantastic job.......

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

THAT is beautiful! Thanks for the link Barb!

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Thanks you two. It is the 50th Barbie Anniv. Maybe I'll check out your idea Barb.

Marietta, OH(Zone 6a)

oh my goodness! Absolutely gorgeous! My Aunt sewed a gown with a train and flowered veil for my Barbie years ago (like 1965....) complete with crinolines. I was only 9, but it was the loveliest thing I'd ever had. This work of love beats that all to pieces! Thank you so much for posting!

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Thanks so much. Do you still have it Kizmo? Would love to see it. This one will eventually go to Eva who is just 6 right now. I think I'll display it "for display only" when we do our first craft show.
Course now I need to do one for Abygail. I have a pattern for another fancy dress and may just do that instead of the same gown.

Marietta, OH(Zone 6a)

Unfortunately, no.... it was boxed up with my dolls and such and sold at Mom's yard sale after I got married. One of those things that should have been put in the hope chest, but wasn't.
If you display it, someone may place an order for one!! It would be hard for me to put a price on something like that....

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

I think if someone wants to place an order they will change their mind when I tell them $650 or more. They are a real challenge to make and take hours and hours and the thread is the coats n clarke which is quite expensive as well. I don't really want to make another of the same so would not do so unless someone is really willing to pay which I doubt.
Sorry to hear that yours is gone that must have been heartbreaking.

Marietta, OH(Zone 6a)

I was curious to as how many hours were in this gown.. I bought a pattern book years ago for something similar, had a 'gown a month', but after reading thru it, just never got around to trying.. of course I was working then, and didn't have much time to devote to it. If I would have started on it, I wouldn't have gotten much accomplished before I would have had to stop and go to work or bed.
In the younger years, I loved working with threads, as it seemed to be an art that only the older ladies in town kept alive in doilies and such. Others kept to crocheting with yarn. I'm sure you will get lots of compliments, as it is a beautiful thing!

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

I wish I had kept track of the hours as I have for other things I have made, but I had to keep ordering and waiting for the knit cro sheen thread and was making so many other things in the process that I just could not keep track of the time.
I can tell you that I started her on February 14.
February 22 I posted this on my blog:
The gown is coming along. The dress is complete, but still needs the lace and flowers which are in the making.
Yesterday finished the pillow base which took 2 days to complete. It has a center hole for standing the Barbie and the gown fits over the pillow base. It is stuffed with fiberfill and has a 12" diameter cardboard circle.
February 27 posted:
Finished long l135" lace for Barbie gown in evening and started last piece of 21" lace.
February 28 posted:
Thought I had Barbie lace finished but read the pattern and calls for 1 more 50" piece so had to order new thread.
March 6 posted:
Sewed the front lace on Barbie and added the front flowers.
March 17 posted:
Finished the BArbie today. She was actually done yesterday when I added the bouquet and veil, but today I got more tulle and sewed lace to the edge and changed it out.

Actually didn't take as long as it seemed? I also made 3 large standing angels, 3 small standing angels, 6 breast cancer doilies, a shamrock doily for Tasha and Easter bunny doily and sunflower doily and seven large panorama Easter eggs so I guess I have been crocheting my hands off!

(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

My hands would have been finished after the first three angels!!!!!! God Bless you and keep your hands in great shape!!!!!

Oracle , AZ(Zone 8b)

haigher, you are an artist with your crochet hook!! Barbie just took my breath away. Wonderful, wonderful work you are doing. Thanks so much for sharing.

Marietta, OH(Zone 6a)

Haighr, I've been checking out your other crochet crafts.... you are wonderfully talented!!! Those panoramic eggs are so pretty, they remind me of the ones Mom used to make from pressed sugar, complete with little rabbits, baskets and other Easter themes inside the egg.
Keep up the great projects, I'll be watching!

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

You are all too kind, thank you soooooooo much. I just finished another large angel yesterday in pink and made a little one as well with white metallic trim and started an Easter crinoline. Need to get finished today as Tim, Amy, Eva and Colton are coming for a long weekend through Tuesday so won't be doing anything but playing with the grandkids!

I am glad you like the eggs as I was hesitant about making many because I am not sure they will sell, but it is almost Easter so somebody will hopefully want a few. I was thinking of asking $10 for each, do you think that is too much?

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

These are the 2 little ones I finished yesterday before beginning 2 more. And 2 more eggs in yellow and minty green.

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(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

idon't think $10 is too much!

Mobile, AL(Zone 8b)

This is a re-creation of a 1949 wedding ensemble as a commission. The doll is from the Robert Tonner collection, 16".

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(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

How beautiful!

(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI(Zone 5a)

I don't know how I was linked to this thread but it's kind of neat.
When I was making porcelain dolls, one of them ended up looking like my oldest daughter. So when she was finished, I duplicated her wedding gown(which I had also made) on the doll.

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Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Karen would love to see a picture. How wonderful!

(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI(Zone 5a)

I'd have to see if my daughter can take one, mine are packed away.

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