Did you know that Barbie is going to be celebrating her birthday soon? Although Barbie is forever idolized for her iconic 17-year old supermodel body, she will be turning 58 years old on March 9th!


I don’t know about you, but I used to play with Barbie’s all the time when I was a little girl. It was one of my favorite past times. I would play all day long inside and outside with my Barbie Dolls. I still have many of my old Barbie clothes, furniture, accessories and more. I loved going to the local store and they would have a full Barbie isle with individual outfits in little plastic boxes on little plastic hangers and it was like clothes shopping, but for Barbie, now I shop for real, for myself at places like boho clothing stores. I remember the awe of going to the toy store and seeing all the new Barbie’s in the box and having a hard time picking out who my new doll would be to my collection.


Did anyone else enjoy shopping for Barbie? Did anyone have inflatable Barbie furniture, the Barbie Camper, or even better Barbie McDonald’s??? Grandma gave me that for Christmas. I have no idea how many hours I spent playing with Barbie. Matter of fact I still played with Barbie in middle school when all the other girls said they were to cool to still play Barbie.


Barbie still has an impact on my sewing career even as an adult. I did a Barbie fashion show and that caught the attention of McCall Pattern Company. The first Barbie came dressed in a black and white zebra striped one-piece bathing suit. I created a vintage life size version of the iconic suit for my fashion show.

In honor of National Barbie Day on March 9th, I am going to be using the life size iconic swim suit I made along with other Barbie themed items to decorate my front window display.

I want to hear your favorite Barbie stories! Did you have a favorite outfit? Have you ever made a special outfit for your Barbie to wear? Join me March 9th at 6:00 pm CST on Designer Joi Mahon’s Facebook page to discuss all things Barbie.


SEE my Barbie clothing collection, my Barbie McDonald’s, furniture and more . . .


PLUS, I have a vintage Barbie Hallmark Ornament to give away. I will pick my favorite Barbie Memory to be the winner.


  • Carla Lissa

    07.03.2017 at 18:45

    Yes I love barbie until this day. When I was a little girl I wanted a barbie so bad, but in my country (Peru) was communist and I could not get them (that was back in the 1970’s). My mom convince a friend that her daughter was too old for her barbie so I could get hers. I was the happiest girl on earth. Of course that barbie had no clothes, so my grandmother helped me dress her with some scraps she had. A few days later she had created some dress patterns out of newspaper and we saw them together. My life was complete.

  • Jerri Manning

    31.03.2017 at 18:11

    I missed this blog post somehow. Probably because I’d just gotten home from a month long trip to visit my daughter’s family while her husband attended Warrant Officer Candidacy School. I enjoyed my time with my daughter and granddaughters. Yes, my sewing machine traveled with me. And yes, Barbie was one of the main parts of my time there. My granddaughters ate 4 and 7. They are in love with all things Barbie. So of course I had to join them in their Barbie adventures.

    Playing Barbie with them brought me back to my first experience with sewing for Barbie. I was always playing with my grandmother’s fabric scraps and making clothes for my dolls, but when I got my first Barbie I had to make her clothes, too. I remember making her dresser and skirts and even a button down with a collar. This was in the 80’s, so I had to have the “Pretty in Pink” Barbie with the beautiful jumpsuit. So, after that, I made lots of jump suits and rompers, too.

    Unfortunately, I no longer have these things because I let my three daughter’s play with my Barbies when they were little.

    I played with Barbies through MS, too. I am certain, even though your friends said they didn’t, they probably did. And now I’m teaching my 7 year old granddaughter how to sew for her Barbies, too. Thank you for sharing your Barbie story with us!

  • Chandra

    02.11.2017 at 01:25

    My daughter and I love Barbie!!! I love that you made the Barbie vintage swimsuit!!! My daughter really “wants to be anything” just like Barbie. She really wants to wear same career and other Barbie outfits. I have tried to submit this idea to Barbie but have never heard anything back. I believe a Barbie dress up clothes line for kids would be a huge hit!!! Love you articles! Thanks!

    • joi

      04.12.2017 at 22:20

      I love Barbie too!!! Mattel is really difficult to get into. I have been trying to get with them for years. I did know someone who was a rep for them, but even he was limited in how he could pass along info. There have been dress up clothing in a Barbie theme, but if they are still not making them than it was not a good market most likely. Thanks for reading and check back for some video related new things in 2018

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