Just a re-post of my Barbie gown tutorial, originally featured on U Create!
I love making Barbie® clothes. I also like making them easy to make. They’re tiny enough-no need to complicate things, right? So I’m on a quest so to speak, to make Barbie® clothes easier to sew. Here’s a fun tutorial for a pretty ball gown!
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satin or some other special occasion fabric cut into these sizes:
1 piece 7.5 x 12 inches
1 piece 2×8 inches
1 piece 2.5x 6.25 inches
sew on velcro
here are your pieces…first we’ll mess with the skirt piece a little.
Fold it in half width wise, and trim a little off the bottom, and sides so it looks something like this. It doesn’t have to be perfect-we’re just trying to shape the skirt a little.
Now, serge or zig zag stitch your skirt and bodice pieces. Your long skinny piece you’ll sew into a tube, right sides together. Turn that right side out and press with your iron. We’ll come back to that.
Next, hem your skirt and hem the sides and top of your bodice piece.
take your bodice piece, and wrap it around your Barbie® (thanks for modeling for us, Cinderella!)
Pin the back together so it’s snug, and then pin the front like so for the darts.
Sew along the pins for the darts…back stitch a few stitches start and finish so they don’t come out! (make sure to use matching thread!)
Now sew a basting stitch along the top of the skirt, and gather to fit the bottom of your bodice.
pin to your bodice-on one side, let the skirt hang over the edge a little bit like so.
a good trick to get nice gathers…pin every. single. one. My mom taught me that. Sew those pieces together with about 1/2 inch seam.
Top stitch along the bodice.
Now pin your skirt right sides together-and sew down about 4 inches from the bottom.
Now take that extra bit of skirt, fold in in, and sew along the edge. Sew on your velcro pieces (cut to about 3 inches long) along the bodice and skirt.
Now, take your tube of fabric, and, finding the middle, sew that to the middle of your bodice.
Wrap it around the shoulders, fold under, and pin like so.
Then sew them down, sew on a pretty button or bling bling-and there you are! A cute, off the shoulder ball gown for Barbie®!
I used the same technique for a Belle dress. My daughter LOVES this one! A wedding dress is in the works too!
Thanks! Let me know if you have any questions!