Barbie’s Pink Tea Party

The pink dress I made especially for today’s Pink Tea Party could very well be the most beautiful thing I’ve made so far! I think my Barbie is very pleased to have something so nice to wear to the party today, which is to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of Pink  Saturday and is hosted at How Sweet the Sound.

The vintage doll’s cane furniture is the first thing I’ve ever bought from Ebay about two weeks ago. I remember when I was a little girl some of my friends had these but I didn’t, and when I saw them on Ebay I just had to grab it! There was also a four piece lounge set for sale with normal chairs instead of the peacock chairs, but because it was my very first ebay purchase, someone else bid at the very last minute so I lost! I didn’t make the same mistake on the peacock chairs though, and got them for $16 including postage. Probably a little on the expensive side for my modest doll collection as I’m not too serious about it, but I do believe the seller when they said this cane set is about 40 years old! I think it’s a very special thing.

Using a 2.5mm hook and a small ball of baby pink yarn, I started the doll’s dress on Monday afternoon and finished midday Tuesday, so it took less than one day. This is not the first dress I’ve made like this, although I think it’s an improvement on the orignal because it crosses over at the back so you can’t see her knickers – if she is wearing any! The Barbie dresses I make are inspired by a dress I’ve kept and treasured from my childhood which my mother tells me was made by my Nanna Pam. You can’t tell when she is sitting down, but you can pinch the skirt to make pleats appear. I am so tickled pink I could manage to make something as pretty as this!

In an attempt to preserve the doll’s hair as long as possible, I try and keep it tied up in a little snood. Anyone who has collected dolls knows how synthetic hair can ruin over time. But the pretty pink dress needed it’s own hat, so I decided to give making a bonnet a go! I looked on google for images of crochet doll bonnets, but there were not many that I could see. I remember a knitted bonnet I wore as a young child which folded neatly into a square, so I made one up kind of like that. I didn’t follow a pattern at all, and used the same stitches as in the skirt of the pink dress.

The tiny coffee table needed a pink doily, don’t you think? This is my first completed proper doily and it took me between 2 to 4 hours I think, finishing it last Thursday morning. I used a pattern in a book I borrowed from my local library on Monday called “101 Easy Scrap Crochet Projects“. The pattern for this doily is on page 40-41.

This doll’s setting would not be complete without a tiny doll’s teaset but when I looked on ebay for those I decided they were too expensive. But when David took me to the Salvo’s store last Saturday I saw this set for just $1! That was more like it I thought, but didn’t notice until I got to the counter that the teapot has been broken and glued back together. Oh well, I don’t think Barbie minds! And the tiny teddies don’t drink tea anyway. The cheeky things have hidden a big bottle of liquor to sip during today’s party, those Party Animals!!! A good thing too, because there is only one teacup!

I hope you enjoyed reading about my special pink tea party!
❤ ❤ ❤

For more pinkness check out today’s special anniversary of Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound.

Highlights from this week’s party

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15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kiki
    May 29, 2010 @ 08:31:48

    Yay..so super fun..how adorable and charming..beautiful!Gorgeous post!!
    Kiki~

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  2. Tammy @ Not Just Paper and Glue
    May 29, 2010 @ 13:33:18

    I love your little Barbie outfits and their furniture. I remember when I was a little girl my aunt would crochet outfits (including slipper shoes) for my Barbies. I don’t really know what happened to all of those outfits (or my Barbies) but seeing your collection made me remember all of those beautiful handmade outfits. Great work!

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  3. beansieleigh
    May 29, 2010 @ 22:28:55

    I LOVE my Barbie Dolls.. I LOVE tea parties… And I LOVE crochet! So I just HAVE to stop everything, and tell you how much I LOVE what you’ve posted here today! ADORABLE!!… Oooooh, but those naughty little teddies!! Who would have thought! ~tina

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  4. Pat
    May 29, 2010 @ 23:29:56

    My fingers ache just thinking about using such small needles – great work!

    Reply

  5. char
    May 30, 2010 @ 07:37:07

    Barbie is dressed for the party and it’s perfect. Great job and Happy Pink Saturday, Char

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  6. two crazy crafters
    May 30, 2010 @ 10:43:30

    Oh I love, love, love Barbies tea party! I love her crocheted Barbie dress! Happy Pink Saturday. Thank you for visiting our PS post today and have a great holiday weekend! Twyla

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  7. Mary Ann
    May 30, 2010 @ 10:50:47

    Thanks for stopping by. Love your pinks. Have a great weekend.

    Reply

  8. fiberdoodles
    May 30, 2010 @ 10:56:30

    Love it! Too cute!! Happy Pink Saturday :0)

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  9. Jeanne
    May 30, 2010 @ 11:09:22

    Oh what a sweet Barbie dress. It fits her perfectly and is very fitting for the occasion of Beverly’s birthday celebration. The tea part is a complete success. I LOVE thos barbie chairs. I think you did well on the price.

    Happy 2nd birthday pink Saturday. Thank you for your comment and visit.
    Hugs, Jeanne

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  10. Connie
    May 30, 2010 @ 12:03:27

    Thanks so much for stopping by to visit me and signing on as a follower. Love your Barbie tea party. I look forward to future posts. Have a great weekend!

    Reply

  11. Jean
    May 30, 2010 @ 13:35:14

    Lovely post. Hope you had a wonderful Pink Saturday.

    Reply

  12. Jan at A Tapestry of Life
    May 30, 2010 @ 20:23:48

    Such a delightful post.
    Love – Jan

    Reply

  13. sal
    May 30, 2010 @ 22:20:15

    aww that is super cute!

    Reply

  14. tammy
    Jun 03, 2010 @ 07:11:54

    What a precious dress you made for the birthday party. AND you made those tiny friends too… amazing talent and vision.

    Happy Pink Birthday Celebration.

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  15. Beverly
    Jun 06, 2010 @ 06:19:41

    Happy Pink Saturday, Teena. We have been pinking together for a short while now, and I want to thank you for everything you do to make Pink Saturday special. I am so glad you decided to participate.

    Thank you for the birthday wishes. Barbie looks so pretty in her birthday party dress. Playing Barbie’s was my favorite thing to do when I was growing up. I still have my Barbie dolls.

    Reply

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