Have you ever sewn from a vintage Barbie doll sewing pattern? I’ve collected a few over the years, and now that I have a daughter who has a beloved Tiana Barbie with a small wardrobe, I have been trying some out!
By small wardrobe, I mean she has one outfit. We found her at a yard sale last year, butt naked. Evelyn thought she was the most beautiful doll in the world, and I thought it would be fun project to sew her a new wardrobe with my old patterns. Shortly after we brought her home, I made her this cute little outfit:
It’s been about a year since I made that one. I’ve been swamped with commissioned sewing lately, and decided for a little creative break today to pull out the vintage Barbie patterns and let Evvie pick a new outfit for Tiana. We chose Butterick 9993.
She picked the wedding dress, of course.
I didn’t have any large pieces of lace, so I used a little lace trim that I had to edge the overskirt.
A rolled-up dish towel makes pressing tiny tubular skirts and curved seams much easier!
I pinked most seams, and double-turned some others, taking tiny careful stitches along the back edges. Skirt was finished with a tiny hem stitch.
Barbie dresses are fun because you get to do a lot of the finishing by hand, but it doesn’t take very long. Well, unless you have a 3 year old and a 20 month old saying “Mommy!” every two seconds. But that’s ok!
The dress was very simple, and very easy to make! I used a small strip of velcro for the back fastener, as it’s a little easier for my daughter to open and close than snaps.
The overskirt really adds some glamour! If only I had enough lace left for a veil. We’ll have to add that later.
Evvie was very pleased. Next I am supposed to make a dress “with flowers on it.”
What have you been sewing lately?