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Posted on:5/5/14 4:18 PM
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Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 5 people   
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Fabric:Stretch Denim  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description: Barbie wardrobe which includes sevreal gowns and dresses, flounced suit, halter top, knit top, peasant top and dress, pants and jeans in several lengths.

Pattern Sizing: one size 11 1/2 inch fashion doll

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Surprisingly yes! Many of these doll patterns drawings are not well representative of the finished product, but this one is fairly close.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. They were reasonable for doll clothes.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Likes: Jeans!! There are very few patterns for doll jeans! The fit was good for the belly button barbie right out of the envelope for both the jeans and the top. The styles are cute and there was a lot to choose from. Dislikes - The jeans topstitching was done inaccurately with side seams topstitched rather than inseams. The jeans do not have a yoke or even a topstitching line to approximate one and the rear pockets are unattractively large. This is minor, and I'm probably alone in this one, but functioning hip pockets would have been nice. Higher end Barbie clothes have them.

Fabric Used: Stretch denim for the first 2 pairs and stretch corduroy for the last. a sock and a piece of rayon jersey for the top.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: The most critical change I made was to interface the jeans waistband. My first version got stretched out and ended up saggy and baggy. If you use stretch fabrics for these, you'll need to interface the waistband. I shaved a small amount (1/8 inch) off the back jeans at the waist and hip. I think in a non-stretch fabric this wouldn't be necessary. I lengthened the top 1/4 inch.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Well, I've already made 3 pairs of pants and a top, so I'm confident I'll use this pattern again! I'm pleased with the fit, as often doll patterns are sadly unfitted, which is crazy, since it isn't like Barbies need wearing ease. I would definitely recommend this pattern if you sew for fashion dolls.

Conclusion: Great Barbie pattern! Tons of cute styles and excellent fit!

For more pics and info about fitting to other doll types, see my blog post - Kadiddlehopper
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sewbehind said...
Love a duck, I am amazed at the attention to detail that you achieved with these Barbie/Liv dolls. Wow, and you had to fit the jeans? The Superman sock sweater is so inventive. Distressed jeans....I am amazed. Well done.
5/5/14 4:51 PM
missyyz said...
I love these ! Made me smile. Some little girl will be thrilled with these extremely cool "one-of-a-kind" Barbie clothes.
5/5/14 7:51 PM
charliegirl127 said...
These are adorable. Too cool using a sock for the Superman sweater.
5/5/14 7:59 PM
supizoo said...
If only my jeans fit this well!
5/6/14 3:46 AM
AnneM said...
Those are so cute! Great idea on the sock-sweater.
5/6/14 7:22 AM
tutti frutti said...
You inspired my nine-year-old to dress some Barbies and take them outside for a photo shoot! Beautiful sewing!
5/6/14 9:29 AM
Judy Kski said...
I love your jeans. Such teeny tiny sewing.
5/6/14 10:58 AM
sewtofit said...
It always amazes me when I see the detail that goes into these projects. They are truly nice.
5/6/14 12:34 PM
AngelaSews said...
I am in awe at your patience to create the details on these tiny clothes!
5/6/14 8:43 PM
SewPerfect said...
Wowza! Sew cool! :) What would be your best tip for sewing this small? Besides lots of patience!
5/6/14 10:23 PM
KensingtonCrab said...
The outfits are great! I admire your patience to sew something so tiny and I love the poses of the dolls on your blog! Too fun!
5/7/14 4:28 PM
fourkid said...
These are fantastic. Having sewn for Barbie myself - I know how challenging it can be to do those tiny clothes. And I love how they were posed and modeled your creations.
5/13/14 6:07 AM
kidmd said...
@SewPerfect Definitely slow down a little, but beyond that my 1/4 inch foot is a game changer. I'm not a quilter, so I'd never used it, but all these teeny clothes have 1/4 inch seams and that foot makes it very easy to be accurate, even on curves and itty bitty armholes.
5/14/14 8:16 PM
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