I had a great time visiting some of my favorite thrift stores in metro Detroit this weekend. I picked up some great craft supplies, including a lot of fantastic vintage sewing patterns. My favorite has to be this 1964 Barbie doll offering from McCall’s. Not only could you make some evening outfits for Barbie, Ken could get his western fix, too! My mom always talks about how her dolls of the 1950s, usually Madame Alexanders, really didn’t have outfits for sale as moms made all their daughters’ doll clothing. Both my mom and grandmother made a lot of clothing for my dolls, so I’m excited to add this to my pattern collection – does anyone else collect vintage patterns? Check out the jump for more pattern photos.

Once I opened up the package, I found these carefully cut pieces of pattern and fabric. Someone had clearly planned on finishing this piece, but never did. The fabric is a lovely black-and-gold brocade.
The original sewing instructions.
Chaps for Ken?! Why not?!