I was on Pinterest one day and saw a link to this blog- Craftiness is not optional. On there are tutorials for making Barbie clothes and I was like, "What? I could make Barbie look more like the girl next door and less like the cocktail waitress from the corner bar?!!? Sign me up." Now, I know there are Barbie clothes in the stores- but not as many as you might think, and they are made of really cheap materials that tear easily. (Trust me, I know, I've been shopping for them.) And despite the marketing of Dr. Barbie, Archaeologist Barbie, etc., most outfits are either designed for Hoochie Barbie or Princess Barbie. Ugh. So, don't tell Charlotte, but this Christmas she will be getting some Barbie clothes made by MOM.
My first pattern choice was the "simple skirt." It is really easy, so I made eight of them. Doesn't Tiana look like she is ready for the neighborhood 4th of July picnic?
This little dress is possibly my favorite. All of the fabrics came from my scrap box.
I made four dresses total. The ones without sleeves took about 10-15 minutes start to finish.
I'm not great at doing the darts yet, and Ariel is not as.. um.. well endowed as some of the other Barbies in the house, but I wanted to make one gown out of red satin. It's okay. The satin was harder to work with though for sure. I also made a top out of the red satin.
I love this one too. It's a bit longer and I found a scrap of white eyelet in my mom's old sewing basket so I trimmed the bottom.
This poofy skirt is adorable... if I do say so myself. I used the last bit of white eyelet to trim it. I would totally wear this outfit.
Some of the tops have darts in the to give them a more fitted look, this one does not.
Altogether I made 8 tops, 8 simple skirts, 5 poofy skirts, and 4 dresses. I hope that Charlotte will like them. I had fun doing this project for her. Possibly too much fun. And I will certainly be more willing to play Barbies with my sweet girl in the new year. ;)