Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Barbie, Christie and Teresa Model Fall Fashions

I've picked up some Fashion Avenue outfits the past couple of months, and I've been saving these three for when fall arrived. The weather is starting to feel just right here in NE Ohio!

Barbie models Gala in Chicago. This outfit includes the dress, of a stretchy material, a bolero jacket trimmed with fluffy material that does shed a little, a small purse, and purple shoes. I prefer the slightly thick heel over the stiletto ones that Mattel also makes. The slender heels tend to bend if you try to balance Barbie on them at all.


Next, we have Christie modeling Reception Roses. I especially like the small touches with this dress. This outfit includes the satin dress, a fashion scarf for the neck, matching nylons, a purse, and shoes.
The butterfly fabric is pretty, and I think having a strip at the bottom half of the skirt is just right. Adding too much more of that print would be overwhelming. I also like the pleated net trim at the sleeves and skirt hem.

I like the roses at the neck. I don't think this would work on a real woman. Maybe in a smaller proportion.
Barbie and Christie are ready to go out and have fun on a slightly crisp fall evening.
This next outfit is technically not Fashion Avenue, but I think it came out in the Fashion Avenue era. This outfit is part of the Seasons line. There were four separate outfits produced, for spring, summer, fall and winter. I've seen another fall outfit Mattel made that is very similar to this one. Barbie wears a long-sleeved orange top and brown vest in that one, plus I think an orange or plaid tam, and a plaid skirt. What signifies autumn, at least in the northern half of North America, more than the changing colors of the leaves? And shortly afterward comes the task of raking them up when they fall. I raked up many a pile of leaves in my day! At least there was the fun of jumping in a pile afterward. Sometimes my sisters and the girls down the street and I would make "houses" by raking up piles of leaves to make low walls.
I think this red suits Teresa very well. I was disappointed this sweater is not completely open at the back. It goes over her head.
At least Barbie gets sensible shoes for raking leaves. I think the other set had brown pumps.
A rake is included, with the ubiquitous B logo.
Also included, some cardboard leaves. Not ready to take them out of the plastic yet.
The outfit originally came with this skirt and head scarf. I think Teresa will be much more comfortable raking leaves in the jeans she's wearing.
Lastly, the set includes a basket of apples to enjoy after some hard work outside. Yum, a nice crisp apple.
Do you enjoy moving into warmer clothes for autumn weather? Are you putting your dolls into anything different? I don't own enough doll clothes for all of my dolls to change what they wear very often. But this outfits are nice additions.

14 comments:

  1. The outfits are beautiful, and so well made! I love all your choices. The accessories are cute too!
    I enjoy wearing warmer clothes, it's cosy! I'm knitting a sweater for myself at the moment, and hope to do some knitting for my dolls as well soon :-).

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    1. I keep thinking I want to try knitting for my dolls, and I keep ending up finding people sized things to work on, especially now that Christmas is coming. On the other hand, I haven't worked up to making a project as big as a sweater, either. I do enjoy getting into the warmer clothes.

      Maybe someday we will see outfits like this again from Mattel.

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  2. Christie's outfit is so cool! I don't have enough clothes to change my dolls seasonally and I don't like warm doll clothes anyway, but I'd love to make stylish coats for some of them.

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    1. I like Christie's outfit better than Barbie's myself, but I got Barbie's outfit in a set of three outfits for sale on eBay for a really good price. This is probably about all the fall changing that my dolls are going to get. :)

      Coats sound nice, and fun to make!

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  3. Those outfits have fantastic colours - I love all those different shades of purple.

    And I've never seen an accessory like those leaves before - along with the basket of apples those are some fantastic season touches for the dolls! :)

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    1. I love the colors too. My favorite color is blue, but I do like purple a lot. Barbie's outfit especially draws several shades together.

      Yeah, those season sets were really nice, and the accessories are a big reason why. I'm glad I got this one.

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  4. Hi Barb, I love these outfits, they are perfect for early fall....too bad I can't knit, my girls now are all begging me for wool jackets.....

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    1. I can knit, but haven't tried for dolls yet. I'm not sure what it will be like to work at that small of a scale.

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  5. I love the Fashion Avenue outfits, they are beautiful. Sadly i have only a half of set of denim coat with animal print collar. An the half i have is for Kelly. I hope to buy more some day :)

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    1. The outfits are worth getting; they are better than what is on sale today. Hopefully you will find some good deals.

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  6. Hi Barb,
    What a fabulous Christie doll...I love her face and she's looks so lovely in the purple tones. Teresa really does look very nice in red, I have to agree. The sweater looks so cozy on her and it's too bad that it doesn't open at all in the back as I'm sure it's a pain to cram it over her head! That's cute about you and the girls making "leaf houses" when you were young.
    :)

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    1. I thought of my Christie right away when I bought that outfit, and I agree that she looks great in it!

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  7. I like your new banner ;-)

    Neat fashions on your dolls. My favorite is the one Teresa wears. I'd most likely wear that outfit.

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    1. I'm glad you like the banner. I agree, Teresa's outfit is something most people could wear. Red is not my color, but I can dress my dolls in it.

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