Happy Birthday Barbie!



I had grand plans for this post! But as usual I thought way too long about it and ran out of time to actually create the outfit I wanted to make.

When I was a kid I would make Barbie clothes for my and my sister’s Barbies. I think I sewed them outfits off and on from age 9 until 12. I shared a pic of me holding a Barbie in a dress I made sometime when I was about 11 or 12 years old on Instagram recently as part of a collage. Yup that’s me.

Here’s my day late #sewingstory I first learned to sew when I was 7 or 8 when my mum taught me the basics. I handsewed that kind of hard to see pink cat pillow in the top right. As I got older I sewed a little here there, on the left is me at 11 or 12 showing off a Barbie dress I sewed. (Yep I played with Barbies for ages, I have a younger sister, ha). I sewed a little through my teens and early 20s. Stopped when I was maybe 22 and didn’t start again until SillyBean was a year old (so roughly 11 years later). (She’s 18 months old in the bottom right in the dress I made her for my wedding). Although sewing didn’t become a daily obsession until I was pregnant with Miss V. @harts_fabric . . #sewnwithhart #tbt #sewingblogger

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I wanted to share a tutorial for a Barbie dress, but I’m still working on getting the look I wanted. I was thinking of something classic 60’s Barbie but for that I might just look for a pattern instead.

In the meantime here are few free Barbie tutorials/patterns that I’ve found:

Janel Was Here has four different Barbie patterns PLUS a guide on how to tell the different Barbie doll bodies apart.

Craftiness is Not Optional has a classic style dress tutorial.

and Sewing and Pattern has tons of scanned vintage Barbie patterns on her site.

And if you’re as fascinated with the idea of repainting a Barbie’s face as I am there is a tutorial here which explains what you need.

Want to see more? Check out these ladies and their love of Barbie and her friends!

One thought on “Happy Birthday Barbie!

  1. Thanks for the grear links. I used to used the Craftiness is not Optional one all the time. And I wish we had photos of me sewing. My first Barbie projects were cutting baby socks and calling them dresses/hats lol.

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