Wow! We had a crazy few days here in Ireland last week! The ‘Beast from the East ‘arrived and it brought with it snow, snow and more snow. So, we took advantage of the conditions, grabbed the vintage skis and ski gear and off we went.

We even had time between the snow storms to build a snowman, but he didn’t last for long, soon the snow had covered him!

It was snowing quite heavily again so we took a few photos before the blizzard really took hold.

As you can see the snow was knee high at this point, and it was getting higher.

But now for a closer look at the Barbie vintage skiwear….

I love this baby blue vintage wool ski suit with fur trim and embroidery details, so cosy!

I think this 1960s ski wear is very James Bond, no?

Vintage wool dark green houndstooth with a bias cut bib front, with black ski pants. Chic and warm.


Last pic of the day before the snow got too heavy, Barbie Snow Angel!

Till next time!



© 2018 Dinah’s Dolls Clothes


A Day Trip to the Mountains

Bavaria is filled with the most beautiful landscapes dotted with fairytale castles. The most famous of them all must be Neuschwanstein Castle, some may know it better as the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Castle! I visited this amazing spot last year and of course I made a special wardrobe for Barbie for the occasion.

Such fabulous scenery!

I love the freshness of gingham, it always looks crisp and cool. This dress has a large white cotton collar and bib detail for a little bit of contrast. I added a belt and to highlight the waist of the full circle skirt….very 1950s summer frock.

Back to my sewing machine now, I have another trip planned…..




© 2018 Dinah’s Dolls Clothes

Belgian Luxe

I’ve been quiet on the blogging front for a while as I’ve been away quite a lot. I know, I know, poor me, huh?! So…. time for me to catch up and share some holiday snaps and some new frocks!  First stop is Belgium, one of my favourite weekend destinations, it has everything you need: delicious food, great beer, fabulous chocolate and amazing shopping!

My newest outfit is an off white vintage silk suit. I’ve wanted to do a Lana Turner style fun fur stole with an outfit for a while so I thought this would be the perfect location for the 1940s inspired suit, turban and wrap.

It’s actually a one piece but I made it to look like a two piece. Tight straight skirt, fitted bodice, bracelet length sleeves, peplum and belt, with a pearl buckle. The wrap is made from some fun fur lined with velvet, and then the look is topped off with a Lana Turner style turban headpiece.

These shots were taken in Leuven, in the Groot Begijnhof, set up in the 13th Century for semi religious unmarried women, it’s like a small village in the middle of Leuven, now owned by the University and used for housing students and academics. Lovingly restored, it’s beautiful place to roam around.


Au Revoir!



© 2017 Dinah’s Dolls Clothes

From Venice With Love


New Year, new holiday plans….I’m already dreaming of a summer trip. Oh for a chance to go back to Venice! I wanted to share some more snaps from my recent visit, there was so much to take in over such a short time, but we did try!


When we first arrived we thought going for a gondola ride would be too touristy….but we changed our minds very quickly and we couldn’t wait to go for a trip! So we went on the evening tour, with opera singer accompaniment, cheesy I know, but worth every penny. The sights and sounds as you drift around the canals and under the bridges are unforgettable.


There are plenty of palaces and churches that you must see – don’t dare miss St Mark’s Basilica or the Doges Palace.

There is a fantastic tour that takes you over the Bridge of Sighs , see the view the prisoners would have had …….


….on route to their prison cell……


All this sightseeing needed something suitably chic, this little frock is made in the finest vintage blush pink raw silk, with a darted, fitted bodice and tiny pleats on the straight skirt, all accented with black bow detail and belt. I love dusky pink and black together, so pretty!


Part of the fun in exploring Venice is getting lost and finding wonderful cafes and restaurants…..


Time to dress for dinner in a pretty cream fitted dress with gold belt and pearl brooch, perfect for dining out by the beautiful canals.


Till next time,






© 2017 Dinah’s Dolls Clothes

Autumn Colours


It was a fresh and sunny day at Emo Court, Autumn is here. We had a walk around the grounds bathed in golden sunlight, I loved the palette of colours all around: gold, brown, red, yellow, copper, bronze, and all highlighted by the glorious autumnal sun.



I’ve been busy during the last few months making some new fashions for Barbie, this dress is an off white raw silk with fitted bodice and full gathered skirt.

The bodice has pin tuck details centre front and a navy polka dot tie. I’ve matched this with the belt too. I love how the sunshine makes it appear almost golden.


Leaves. Lots of crunchy brown leaves underfoot.


The main house at Emo Court, closed up for the winter now so I will just have to return for another visit!


The frock is in my Etsy shop now, so please drop by and have a look!



© 2016 Dinah’s Dolls Clothes