Sunday, September 18, 2016

series of given names

Years ago I created a list on blogspot for writers who were looking for certain kinds of names.  I've updated the lists to include some more. If any of you think of any more, I'll be sure to add them and credit you.

Jewel names, girls:

Jewel names, boys:
Rocky (this can also be a nickname for Peter)

Place names.  Note that these were all place names before they were given names.

Place names, boys:
Jordan (this can also be a girl's name)

Plant names, girls:
Rhoda (it means "rose")

Virtue names, girls:

Monday, August 22, 2016

Miami Heights 1960-1966

I have again been asked to post some old photos for another website.  All of these photos were taken between 1960 and 1966 at our home in Miami Heights west of Cincinnati.  (I was born in 1961 and we moved to Bridgetown in 1967.)

My mother Rosemary is standing in front of the new house
which had just been built in 1960 on Shady Lane Road.

My sister Barb was 1 1/2 when this photo was taken
in 1964 with a neighbor's dog.

My father Jim took this photo, which is uncropped here, of the new Southernwood Drive subdivision
with a huge fire in the distance, sometime between 1965 and 1966.

Here are two more views of Southernwood Drive in 1965,
definitely much more peaceful and pleasant shots!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Grace wears Chanel

Princess Grace admits her feet are killing her
and has taken off her spike heels.
She's spent the day modeling for Chanel.

I have no idea who made this suit, but now I now what the suit is called.
I purchased a Midge wearing this suit about 10 years ago at the Burlington, Ky., antique show.  It's beautifully made, but there is no tag.  I doubt it was handmade, because the snap in the skirt is the type that is pushed in by a machine rather than sewn in.  I'm assuming it was made by Shillman either under that name or another one of its umpteen company names.  I'm also assuming it was made in the early or mid-1960s, since Midge was wearing it, and because of the style and the amount of detail in it.
The ad that you see is from the August 2016 issue of Elle.  When I paged through it and saw this ad, that's when I realized that the doll's outfit was a Chanel copy.
Wearing the suit is Princess Grace, the precursor to Maddie Mod.  I added the blouse, gold clutch and shoes.  Although Grace's feet are smaller than Barbie's, the clone shoes are even tinier, and pop off of Grace's feet.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Barbie Simplicity pattern 9697

I adapted the gown pattern to make a Pilgrim costume and a nightgown.
If these two sultry ladies had lived in Salem in the 1600s,
they surely would have been burned at the stake!
The patterns from 9697 all seemed a little large for Barbie,
as you can see by the knickers outfits.
I made the shorts outfit as well but cannot find it.

The short and long peasant dresses were fun to make.
The last pattern I made clothes from as a little girl was Simplicity 9697, dated 1971 for the 1972 market.  I remember I picked out the pattern myself at the fabric store.
Not only did I make some of the mod clothes, I adapted one of the patterns for a freshman high school history project in 1976.  The gown pattern was used to make a Pilgrim dress.  My picky teacher said the gown was cute but I still got only a B!
The dolls in the photo are 1972 SunSet Malibu PJ, Walk Lively Jamie and Walk Lively Steffie.

Barbie and Ken Simplicity 9054

Hippie Ken and Flower Child Barbie

Barbie and Ken could go to a party,
a wedding, the beach and a sit-in!

The suit when made out of heavy double-knit
can be used for martial arts practice.
Mom and I shared the responsibility of sewing the outfits from Simplicity 9054, dated 1970 for the 1971 market.  Mom made the Ken clothes, I made the Barbie pantsuit.  This pattern set was actually my first attempt at making Barbie clothes in the early 1970s.
Oh, Ken's outfits are groovy, especially when made with vinyl!  The fringe looks great!
But the Barbie pantsuit never turned out as well as I hoped it would.  I think I made several of them, but only one survived.  It wasn't just because of my limited sewing skills.  I believe the raglan sleeves of the shirt were not sized properly, and never fit into the bodice panels as they should have.
The two dolls you see pictured are the 1971 SunSet Malibu Barbie and Ken.

Perkins Lincoln pattern A26994

My mail order envelope

The photo of Ricky, Ken, Barbie and Skooter that came with the instructions

Front view of the women's gowns.
There was also a veiled cap for Barbie but I cannot find it.

Side view of the gowns.
As soon as I put the cap on Casey,
I heard her say in a British accent, "Blimey!"

The 1969 Twist N Turn Skippers with the curly ponytails
are quite era-appropriate for their dresses.

Even though the man's coat is supposed to represent the 1860s,
I still think early 1700s Barnabas Collins every time I see it!

The Perkins historical patterns were dated 1968, and first showed up in the back page ads of craft magazines in 1969.  They were still advertised in the mid-1970s, which is when I bought the Lincoln Family pattern.  But I didn't get around to making the outfits until I was in college in the early 80s, as that was then I had gotten my first job and had extra spending money.  At that point, I was able to purchase real fabrics such as satin and felt ribbon at the store for the patterns.

There were five Perkins patterns:  A26992 Colonial Family, A26993 Pioneer Family, A26994 Lincoln Family, A26995 Daniel Boone Family and A26996 Pilgrim Family.

I made two of the woman's gowns, one for my PJ doll and a slightly altered one for my Francie.  I made two Skipper-size dresses for my Twist N Turn and Living Skippers.  The Ken suit was actually fun to make, and I was able to combine some of the steps of making it.

You will notice that the pattern picture has an odd assortment of Barbies: Ricky, early straight leg Ken, Twist N Turn Barbie and a bend leg Skooter.  I didn't make the boy doll outfit because A) I didn't have a boy doll at the time, and B) I never heard of Ricky until I started collecting a few years later.  I didn't add all of the accessories shown in the picture, and obviously didn't make the top hat.

All the dolls are from 1969: Brunette Talking Barbie, brunette Twist Casey (note that her hair has not oxidized), Talking Ken, and blonde and brunette Twist N Turn Skippers.

Barbie McCall's 9099

I don't know why so many of the McCall's outfits had no waistline!

This flowered mini shift is made from picture B,
turned around and without the zipper.

Pastels work well for the nightgown and robe.

The V shaped insert makes for a swingy mini.
Note that the jacket and cap are made of felt.

The mini dress with the yoke seems to fit the Francie-size dolls better.

Taken with my mother's 1940s Brownie camera in winter 1972.
Yes, it was cold on the patio!

Barbie McCall's pattern 9099, dated 1967 for the 1968 market, was designed for the mod dolls.  I think the drawing in pattern F looks like a blonde Natalie Wood.  Some of the others could be Julie Christie, Marta Kristen and Yvonne Craig.  The pattern also included instructions for the earrings, dress bow, purse, cap and boots.  The cap that my mother made still exists, but the vinyl boots she created are gone.
The dolls modeling the outfits are all from 1967 or 1968, and they are a straight leg brunette Barbie, a blonde Twist N Turn Barbie,  a brunette Talking Barbie, a white Talking Stacy, a blonde Twist Francie and two blonde Twist Caseys.
As for the pathetically blurry black-and-white photo, I took it on our back patio in 1972.  It's a combination of my sisters' and my dolls, and they are, left to right, 1970 brunette Living Barbie, 1968 blonde Twist N Turn Skipper, 1970 blonde Twist N Turn Francie, 1966 blonde Tutti in a brunette Hair Fair wig, 1970 Twist N Turn PJ, 1970 Sandy Flatsy, 1971 Growing Pretty Hair Francie and 1968 Talking Ken.  Poor Ken and Skipper did not have winter coats and so they borrowed two of the capes made from pattern 9099.  Neither the white vinyl (Ken) nor the pink corduroy (Skipper) capes are still around, nor is the orange double knit polyester coat that Barbie has on.