Sunday, April 11, 2010

I am starting a series entitle From Here to There.   What I want to do is offer step-by-step instructions for simple items of general interest.  If you would like to submit a project for this feature, please contact me with general information about your project.

So let's get started! Tags: Free Barbie Clothes Pattern

From Here To There
A Simple Summer Outfit for Barbie and Other 12" Fashion Dolls
by Sandi Levy

What you will need:
  • Scraps of two different, complimentary fabrics
  • Small piece of thin elastic
  • Pencil and paper
  • About 2 inches of sew-in Velcro
 Measure your doll - not all 12" fashion dolls are created equal!  Mine measures: Bust=6"  Waist=3.5"   Hips=5"   Thigh=3".  If your doll measurements are different than mine, you'll need to adjust accordingly.

Step 1: Shoulder Straps - Cut a piece of fabric 6" x 1.5".  Fold lengthwise and sew a 1/4" seam down the long edge.  Turn, then cut in half so you have two 3" pieces.

Step 2: Yoke - Cut a piece of fabric 7" x 1.5".  Press a 1/4" fold all the way across one long edge.  Fold in 1/2" on both of the short ends and press.  Wrap this piece around your doll (wrong side facing out) and pin shut in the back.  Pin you straps in place on the front and back of the yoke.  Once you are happy with the placement, top stitch across the entire upper edge of the yoke to secure the straps.  Be sure to start from the folded corners of the back edges so that these are now secured in place.

Step 3: Shirt Skirt:  Cut a piece of fabric 9" x 2.5".  Fold in 1/2" inch on each of the short ends and press.  Fold up one long end 1/4" twice (hem) and press.  Top stitch these three folded edges in place.

Sew with long stitches across the remaining long edge, backstitching only at the beginning.  Pull the bobbin thread to gather the piece until the pressed edges are even with the pressed edges of the yoke.  Pin in place, then sew.  Press the seam up.

Sew the hook and loop sides of the Velcro only to the yoke edge of the back.  I've used white thread which gives it a topstitched look and also because you can see the stitching in the photographs!  Using a matching thread to your material would give a nice, finished look.

Step 4: Draw a Shorts Pattern - To draw a shorts pattern, lay your doll face up on a flat surface.  Place your piece of paper with the top edge about 3/4' above your dolls waist.  While holding the paper square with the doll, work one edge of it down between her legs.  A crease will appear - draw a line along this crease.  When you pick the paper up off your doll, the line you drew will be a curve.  Cut along the line.  Put the paper back down on your doll curved in between her legs.  Hold the uncut edge of the paper flat on the table and draw a straight line from the waist to the bottom of the length.  Cut along this line.  You now have a shorts pattern!  This works on kids, too - Use a full sheet of newspaper and a sharpie!

Step 5: Shorts - Cut four (4) pieces using the shorts pattern you drew in Step 4.  Right sides together, sew the outer seams of the two legs, making 1/4" seams.  Press the seams open.  Fold up 1/4" twice on both legs and press, forming the hems of the legs.  Sew in place.

Sew the inseams of each leg, making 1/4" seams.  Turn one leg right side out then insert it into the inside out leg.  Line up the edges of the center seam, pin in place and sew, again making a 1/4" seam.  Turn right-side-out.

Try the shorts on your doll - now is the time to make sure you can get them over her hips (it shouldn't be a problem but better safe than sorry)!  Fold down about 1/2" on the waist edge all the way around.  This is the casing for your elastic.  Take the shorts off your doll and sew the casing in place, leaving an opening in the back for elastic insertion.  Cut a piece of elastic 1.5" inches bigger than the waist of your doll.  Using a small safety pin attached to the end of the elastic, pull the elastic through the casing.  Sew the ends of the elastic together by hand, overlapping them about 1/2".  You can do this on your sewing machine if you like, but it's a really small area to deal with on the machine.  Once the ends are sewn together, sew the rest of the casing shut.

1 comment:

  1. How interesting! A very very mini version of people clothes. Well written too, I like being told why I need to do something and you did that so well! Thanks!!