Organizing Barbie Clothes Patterns

As I create and sew Barbie doll-size fashions, I came up with a way to keep my patterns organized. For each outfit of the pattern set, I use a 6 1/2-in x 3 5/8-in regular envelope. On the outside, I write the pattern number, view, name of outfit, etc.


It is also handy to record any notes, such as "add 1 inch to length", etc. When it's time to choose an outfit to make, I pull my selection out of the original pattern envelope. This saves time going through all those pieces, and prevents loss, too.

By Maggie from Park Hills, MO


December 31, 20070 found this helpful

This is a great idea! For my regular patterns in their envelopes, I use a plastic bin. This is how they have them arranged at the thrift store where I usually buy them. This doesn't work very well, so, I've been think of instead, using 3 ring binder with clear pockets or an empty scrapbook with clear pockets, this way I can arrange them with markers into categories. I also use an old wire record holder or a wood or wire plate rack (like you'd use to store your dishes sideways... up & down, not stacked like dishes are usually stored) These "wire record holders" are a great way to quickly tuck your pattern envelopes away from harm.

* Do you make your own Barbie patterns or do you buy them? If you buy them, I may be able to help you design some cool outfits, as I did lots of Barbie sewing when my daughters were young... Everything from an Indian maiden (using felt as suede) with beads sewn on to it, to satin & golden lame' skirts with matching crochet tops... What fun I had...But, those tiny, tiny sleves! Whoohh, Now THAT was a pain! ... These days, I'm instead making bear & stuffed animal clothes for my granddaughter. What Fun!

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