Sept 12: Toy story

What was your favorite plaything as a child? Do you see any connection between your life now and your favorite childhood toy?

Just like most girls, I played with Barbie dolls. They were a staple toy for girls and I got them as presents from my parents. I was lucky enough to have about 4 of them – I had 3 Barbies and 1 Skipper, and I had a closet that when you open the doors up, it extends and it has a huge mirror with lights and a vanity table. I tried looking for a photo but unfortunately, I can’t find anything on the internet.

I really enjoyed playing with them as a young girl, but as I grew older, I got very interested in making clothes for my Barbie dolls. Barbie clothes are expensive, so I thought, why not make them myself? I don’t know if I still have these somewhere (maybe in a box under the bed – I don’t know) but I think my mother packed them up when we moved. I got feedback from her that I made pretty good clothes. It’s very rare that my mother praises me for anything, I will tell you that. I am also quite proud of what I made back then, I was using mostly socks and scrap cloths, using yarn and rubber band for the waist. It was a fun time, I really enjoyed making clothes for my Barbie dolls.

And I guess, that’s where my interest in sewing and making clothes started. I used to make clothes for my Barbie dolls and now I am the same, I like sewing, upcycling clothes, making some modifications here and there. I guess in a way, that has influenced me a lot because until now, I believe in not spending money on things that I can make myself. Most of my clothes are thrifted as well and there are times when I buy stuff that I know are too big on me, but will buy them anyway because I like the style or the design. For these clothes, obviously, I need to upcycle them. DIYing is so interesting to me and I would definitely connect this partly to my Barbie dolls. (Partly to my grandmother who’s a dressmaker – I have talked about this before. ^^)

Inspired by this ebook, β€œ365 Days of Writing Prompts” posted here.

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