A friend and I got a little nostalgic about Fashion Plates a few weeks ago and she went so far as to acquire a vintage set on eBay for an unmentionable sum. If you were a school-aged girl in the seventies, no doubt you remember the drawing and colouring quasi-fashion design fun that was Fashion Plates. Fast forward thirty years and meet the Roos Dress Your Doll.
Fashion design for kids is a whole lot more sophisticated with the Roos Dress Your Doll. The concept is simple and the possibilities are endless. Start with the Haute Couture set which contains a Dress Your Doll mannequin, a set of fabrics and a pattern booklet. Once you have the basics down you can create your own designs or make up high-fashion pieces from pre-made Dress Your Doll pattern and fabric sets. Patterns are helpfully divided into ‘rookie’, ‘novice’ and ‘advanced’ categories so you can work up from creating a basic shift dress and shawl to a three piece pant suit.
The nine-year-old in me seriously wants one of these – I’m quite sure I would have been all over the stunning fifties-style Peggy collection (above) but also rather taken with the Jackie collection (below), oozing classic style.