I am trying to make a new set of clothes for my grandaughter's barbie dolls, but am finding it difficult because they are so small. Has anyone any good tips on how to do this? Many thanks.
By h.arnott from U.K
Thank heavens I am well past having to make Barbie clothes. I don't know of any advice to make it easier. They are a real pain to make. The only advice I have is I never made any of the fancy ones. I made basic A-line dresses & skirts. The tops were ones that didn't have darts in them, maybe just the side bust darts. I also made basic pants and shorts. If I made coats they didn't have set in sleeves, they were more the raglan type sleeve. That goes for the tops and dresses too. Set in sleeves are too hard on something that small. For fasteners I took tiny little pieces of velcro and sewed them on, just going forward, backward and forward again.
When my younger sisters were in their first couple years of high school they made this type of Barbie clothes to sell for spending money. They had so many orders for them that there were times our Dad was even sewing snaps on them. Oh yes! For hemming the necklines do that after you sew the shoulder seams but before you sew the side seams. The same goes for if you make a sleeveless dress or top. Only for the sleeveless ones hem the arm holes before sewing the side seams.
To make an evening gown you could just make the A-line dress long and put either some lace or sequins that are already sewn onto a ribbon type deal that all you would have to do is hand sew the sequins to the dress. If you are looking at patterns you might even find one that has a strapless evening gown pattern in it that is just like the A-line dresses. The dresses that have a separate top with an attached skirt are too hard to make. Hope some of these ideas help you out. Good luck and happy sewing!
Serge the crotch of the pants legs together with the right sides facing each other, then turn the pants right-side out.
Sew the Shirt
Step 1 Fold the strap pieces in half with right sides facing each other. Sew together. Turn the straps out and press each strap.
Step 2 Sew the straps to the top of the shirt with the right side of each strap matching the right side of the front of the shirt.
Step 3 Sew the back piece of the shirt to the front piece with right sides facing each other. Turn the shirt right-side out.
Step 4 Serge along the lower edge and sides of the shirt. Sew the lace to the lower edge of the shirt, if desired.
Step 5Gather the top edge of the bottom portion of the shirt to match the width of the top of the shirt. Sew the gathered piece to the top portion of the shirt with right sides facing each other.
Step 6Sew the back of the shirt closed but leave the top portion open near the straps. Attach Velcro to the portions left open. Good luck.
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Where can I find patterns for Barbie doll clothes for my granddaughters?
By Marie W.
Simplicity, McCalls, and Butterick all have patterns for Barbie doll clothes in their pattern books. You will find these books in any fabric store or fabric department.
I went to the thrift store & bought a few barbies that still had their clothes, for about $1 each. I'm going to use their clothing to make my own patterns.
Try this page for some free patterns, and links to buying:
I did a Google search and found that place. It is a free pattern