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A 1977 pattern to sew a wardrobe for an 11-1/2" dolls (Barbie) and 12-1/2" dolls (Cher - anyone remember that doll?!?)
Includes patterns and instructions for a wedding gown and veil, two-pieces evening gown and cape, top and pants, sundress, top and wrap skirt, top culottes and vest, and a warm-up suit.
As a gift for a 3-1/2 year-old I sewed a top and wrap skirt, sleeveless top and pants, sundress and cape. The evening gown in the photo is from Simplicity 7073 c. 2002, a Sewing for Dummies pattern with reviews with reviews here.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
They do, just be sure to look past the lovely 70s-era fabric and hairstyles on the pattern cover.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
This time around I didn't bother to look at them, but I referenced them in the past and they are fine. Over the years, after sewing hundreds and hundreds of Barbie clothes, I've discovered a lot of tips for sewing these tiny creations that are not included in the pattern sheets.
I, like many others, began sewing Barbie doll clothes at a very young age. By the time I was 14 I had a pretty successful part-time business designing, sewing and selling doll clothes. This is one pattern I used before I discovered it probably wasn't a good idea to sell things made from commercial patterns.
Recently, I was told my great-niece (the above mentioned 3-1/2 year-old) had begun playing with Barbie dolls, I wanted to sew a few outfits for her, continuing the long tradition in our family of Auntie Sharon sewing doll clothes for Christmas and Birthdays.
All of the garments, with the exception of the cape, are quilting cottons, a great choice for these clothes. The fabric is durable and presses well. Yep, I press those tiny seams open and press those tiny hems before stitching. Just watch your fingers!
Narrow strips of velcro were substituted for the snaps - easier for me to sew on and easier for those little fingers to get those clothes on and off the dolls.
The waist of the pants and the neck of the top were finished using Seams Great as a facing, instead of turning under and pressing as instructed.
The cape is a brocade, which ravels easily. I finished the inside seams with a zig-zag stitch and used a purchased bias binding as a hem tape for the front and bottom edges.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Of course! I have no idea how many times I've used already used the pattern and I will continue to use it as long as I have little ones that want Barbie clothes.
The pattern can be found on eBay or Etsy or thrift shops and by using current fabrics the garments are updated for today.
More pics on my blog, Sharon Sews, Click Here
A few posts I wrote with tips for sewing tiny clothes can be found here and here