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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

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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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