Hi everyone! I'm Jess, from Craftiness is not Optional, and I love making Barbie clothes. Yes they are tiny and a bit fiddly.....but they are also miniature sized, so are of course, flipping adorable, and a great way to use up scraps! Seriously a great scrap buster. When I was younger my sisters and I (and when I say younger I mean 14 *cough*) would make fabulous circle skirts and tunics for our Barbies-and while they were awesome in their own right (frayed edges and all), I love making "real" outfits for our favorite fashion doll.
What's great about sewing your own clothes is that Barbie can finally be modest! Most of the outfits she comes in are a
the cap sleeve top, basic easy dress, froufy skirt, and easy skirt. I also have a knit top tutorial and a ball gown tutorial.
I love the little pleat I made in the sleeves before sewing them on. Sew a few solid tops and patterned bottoms, and you've got yourself a mix n' match wardrobe. (Confession: I mostly just create outfits when I "play" Barbies with my girls....oh and make up reasons why she needs to change...again.)
These froufy skirts are super easy to make! Seriously, if you want to start with one, these are the easiest and really fast to make once you've done one. (or 2, or 20)
I love adding tiny trims to the skirts, too.
Or make a tiny dress in a larger print. So cool and modern.
I added a big bow on the back of this one. :)
I hope you enjoyed the Barbie fashion show, and try a few of these tutorials-they make a great gift for the little girl in your life!
Thanks so much for stopping by Jess! I'm totally loving all of these and feeling a bit guilty about the Barbies laying half dressed at the bottom of the toy drawer...