AtelierOneSixth

Bespoke Couture for a Small World

Gothenburg, Nebraska · 4 Sales

AtelierOneSixth

Bespoke Couture for a Small World

Gothenburg, Nebraska 4 Sales On Etsy since 2017

5 out of 5 stars
(4)

Announcement   The Atelier is currently undergoing massive renovations and will return soon!
Thank you for your interest!

Announcement

Last updated on Apr 8, 2018

The Atelier is currently undergoing massive renovations and will return soon!
Thank you for your interest!

Martha Mullins

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Martha Mullins

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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(4)
dollshopper4

dollshopper4 on Sep 28, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Another Ken shirt well made and fits him well. Also, the shorts are so well done! I have happy Ken dolls. Thank you!

dollshopper4

dollshopper4 on Sep 17, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

A perfect fit! I purchased because I still own dolls like the one in the photo, and the shorts/shirt were perfect for them. So pleased with my purchase. Thank you!

About

My First Love

Fashion. It's been a long time, but it's come back to me, my love for haute couture. Here is the story of how I came to have, then rediscover, my original passion.

From the time I was a child, I was mad about clothing as art. I got this from reading Katy Keene and Millie the Model comics. I never understood the story lines or got the jokes, but I understood the fashion pages. Readers were encouraged to design outfits for our heroines and mail them in - and in every issue there was a paper doll with clothing created by 10-, 11-, and 12-year old kids *just like me.* I would draw my own creations in the margins of the newspaper, on sheets of butcher paper, on brown paper grocery sacks, and on the backs of envelopes pulled from the trash ("good paper" was not to be wasted on my "nonsense"). I would dream of fantastic clothing and what it would take to make them real.

When I got my first Barbie I was about 12 and closing in on the age when you were supposed to stop playing with dolls. My dad taught me how to sew, my next door neighbor's mom taught me how to crochet, and I taught myself to knit using string and pencils and directions in a "Woman's Day" magazine. My Barbie had the most original wardrobe on the block.

In high school I took sewing classes, and even a year of fashion design. I went to summer school to learn advanced sewing techniques. By my senior year I was taking advanced tailoring, cranking out some weird stuff - I had the skills, I had the designs, I just didn't have the money for materials. I ended up making a lot of things out of cast-offs, old sheets, and bargain fabrics by mail order from Sears.

Over time, I made clothes for family and friends, made Barbie "wardrobes" for my daughter and for sale at Christmas craft fairs, and even did a short stint as a dressmaker. Eventually when I got a white collar job, I could afford better quality fabrics, and I became the Barbie. I made myself a working woman's wardrobe, consisting mainly of Vogue Individualist designs. At the height of my sewing fever, I had enough clothing to wear a completely different outfit to work every day for three months. My closet took up half the space in our attic.

I have always been fascinated by the concept of haute couture. For years I'd get the fall fashion issue of Vogue and set my brain to total absorption. The day I became the co-owner of my own bookstore, alongside of my husband, this first love went into hibernation, where it remained for 20 years. When he passed away in 2014, I found my interest in the book business ebbing away. Now, officially retired, I've returned to my original passion.

Currently I share my little studio/house space with a troupe of femme & homme fashion dolls and piles and piles of colorful fabrics. I've had an Etsy shop, MJMullinsBeadwork, since August 2006, but I'm delighted to be shifting my focus to this new endeavor, Atelier One Sixth, dealing in fashion doll apparel. Most fashion dolls are 1/6 scale, hence the name.

I feel like I'm back in my youthful wonderland, this time with 50+ years of stitching experience. My soul is daily refilled and refreshed and my hands are itching to get to work, back to the making of things that make me happy.

I hope they make you happy, too.

Shop members

  • MJ Mullins

    Owner, Designer, Maker

    Sole owner/operator/chief cook & bottle washer/grand poobah - and queen of everything.

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