More Brides with no groom……..yet!






Abandon Sew!

I have been away for quite some time, as always.  I’ve been contemplating on what to do first, my summer dolls? June brides? Oh yes, for the Philippine Independence day, I’ve long been wanting to create a Filipiniana inspired dress.  That means it should be ready before the event, but, easier said than…done!

Magic Moves Barbie as my model.

Magic Moves Barbie as my model.

I’m not only late,  I don’t even know how to draft patterns or where to start, I already have a design inside my head, I have selected my fabric, gather my accessories.  Watch and read tutorials on dressmaking, but I am not a fast learner, I hate reading instructions.  So tried a few shortcuts.  Tracing directly from Barbie’s clothes, but I changed my mind.  So I used the one similar to draping method (I forgot to take a picture of that.) and I think, and I hope, it will fit!


I cut out the pieces, exact size, I’ll just add seam allowance as I cut my fabric, and the rest I relied on my imagination.


Of all the fabrics I could use, I realized what I chose are the ones that are harder to sew!  For starters?  I must be nuts!


And I am ready to sew!  I think so!

I took out my Singer Tiny Tailor which I bought 2 years ago from a thrift store, paid about $20.00!  I was excited when I found this because it seems new, with manual, certificate and all accessories still complete!


I have already used this twice and it was ok, I can bear the noise and the knocking sound it creates,  and this is the third time I’m gonna be using it.  Lo and behold!  the bobbin thread refused to cooperate!  It doesn’t catch up!  I read the instruction for adjustments, la la la!  But nothing, I even tried the advices online, lower the needle, change the needle, change the thread, adjust bobbin case, etc. none of these worked!  Except maybe for one, change the sewing machine!!!


And so I did!  I took out another thrift store find, costs me $2.00, it had the presser foot and bobbin, all other accessories missing already.  There’s no manual and I couldn’t understand what was printed at the other side of the box because it’s in Chinese or Korean characters.  Anyway, this one worked, but my problems are uneven & loose thread, thread easily breaks from the needle, and I am growing weary, tired, impatient and I don’t want to go thru a lot of tutorials and advices again.  Whew!

If I sell these machine, will someone be interested?  Just a thought.  When all else fails……..ABANDON SEW!!!

Well, for the meantime maybe.  I still have one option, my old manual sewing machine.  But this will be some other time.  So to change my mood a bit, I took a shot of Monster High Nefera De Nile Doll which I found also in a thrift store 3 months ago.  I’ve been wanting to have even just one of these Monster High Dolls but they are expensive here, last December I bought copy cats which I will post some other day.



Sew this is it!


Centennial Barbies (from Second Editions)


Centennial Barbies (from the First Editions)

The Philippine Centennial Barbie (Second Edition)



The Maria Clara gown got its name from the mestiza protagonist of the book written by our National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal, the epic “Noli Me Tangere” and is worn by Filipino women during the 1800s


This doll wears a Maria Clara (Formal Centennial) costume blouse in pink lace, panuelo in pink satin, gored skirt in pink and black satin, black shoes. Part of her hair is braided that serves as her headband

The Philippine Centennial Barbie (First Edition)

In view of the recently celebrated Philippine Independence, June 12, I am posting these dolls which are proudly made in the Philippines.



First Edition wears a blouse and panuelo in white organza, striped red and white “tapis” (like an apron), black and white plaid skirt


This doll comes with a Philippine Centennial Pin made of pressed capiz shell


At our Plaza Rizal, behind her is the oldest house in Pasig built in 1855, the Bahay na Tisa (House of Stone)


The gown is designed by a Philippine costume designer Nicky Martinez