London Fashion Doll Festival Sunday Salesroom

Sunday Salesroom at the Festival – £6 entry at the V&A Museum of Childhood in London.

ShimmyShim will be exhibiting at the festival on Sunday 9 June at the Sunday Salesroom I’m busy out in the garden sewing up some prototype T-shirt designs for the Friendly Collection. And some silky stuff possibly to be the Cafe Culture Collection.

I plan to offer ‘make your own’ kits as well as ready mades.

Feedback welcome as these collections are in development.

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London Fashion Doll Festival Facebook page – stuffed full of fab pop culture posts

Fix It Tip: a quick mend for frayed seams and hems

Interfacing fabric and a fixed hem

TLC is an acronym collectors use which means ‘needs some tender loving care’. I received a large lot of doll’s clothes the other day which was chock full of TLC items. It must have been a rejects bag! Obviously with doll’s clothes, they’ve often been played with and handled roughly for years by children and they can end up with tears, holes, pen marks, frayed edges and lost buttons or pop fasteners.

Speed is of the essence my end, so I thought of this quick way of mending a frayed hem. It is also a good way of mending a small hole, without sewing on an unsightly patch. It even works beautifully on damaged chiffon or transparent fabrics. I have used it to successfully mend a tear in a lovely psychedelic 1971 Sindy blouse before.

Hem line with a frayed edge

Tools and materials

  1. Iron
  2. Scissors
  3. Feather or light weight, fusible (iron on) interfacing fabric

Light weight interfacing showing the fabric is transparent

Light weight fusible interfacing fabric

Method

  1. Wash and iron your item.
  2. Snip a small strip or patch of interfacing fabric.
  3. Touch the interfacing to feel the rougher side which has the glue and place it glue side down over the frayed area.
  4. Iron on a medium heat for a few seconds
    (my fabric has helpful instructions printed on and indicates 8 seconds).

Frayed hemline mended with iron on interfacing

You have a neat mend and you’ve saved a lovely piece from disintegrating in front of your eyes!

 

Space Fantasy Sindy and Toyah Willcox on the scene

Space Fantasy Sindy in Cherry Pop, Quick Changes and Dream Ballet

My super model for this week has been pink haired Space Fantasy Sindy (1985). She’s nicely designed with a heart shaped, vulcan hairline so that she can wear her hair up on top. A very popular doll with collectors. Quite a stand out in the line of brunettes and blondes.
Here she is in the “Quick Change” 1982 silver outfit (plus extra bag), which came out three years before Space Fantasy.

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She brings back memories of Toya Willcox yelling “I don’t want to go to school” in a fabulous silver and black sci-fi inspired ensemble.

Delighted to see that she’s just released a new single called Sensational. A hopeful song for the children of the future, with a fab contemporary but 80s inspired music video.

Space Fantasy also shone this week when I dressed her up in the Jean Paul Gaultier style corset from Hasbro “Dream Ballet” 1991. It looks very pop star without the skirt!

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And I love this pink polka dot “Cherry Pop” trouser suit (1984). The white braces, made from two linked loops are such a great twist.

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I remember a pink polka dot blouse I wore to death in the 80s. Loved it.

Would love to hear about your space inspired outfits from the 80s.

p.s on the metallic space theme, a Facebook friend just shared this… Brigitte Bardot in 1968 “Contact !”

Check out all ShimmyShim’s Sindy clothes for sale in the shop. When you buy 3 or more up to £10 each, you get 15% off.