In two weeks time, my niece, the one who made me actually consider (end then actually do it) buying a Barbie doll and start re-learning how to sew doll clothes, is going to be two years old.
Happy Birthday to her!
Apparently she is too small to play with fashion dolls and her father tells me she might prefer cars and balls when she grows up – but we’ll see. I still have one year left to get pro at sewing doll clothes. I’ve posted some of my adventures, tips and patterns before, but I plan on sewing better clothes and posting more free patterns.
Until then, here’s a free barbie or fashion doll dress pattern for you to download and sew.
Here’s the dress again laid flat.
I am on to a new project. You might find it strange in the beginning, but bear with me
I found this Barbie doll in a pile of old, dirty and broken toys. I am not really sure why I noticed it in the first-place or why I asked the vendor how much he’d sell it for. She was naked, had wet hair (it rained that day) and smelled kind of funny.
I thought, hey, I’ll save this doll. I’ll wash it, make some clothes, do something with the chopped off hair and give it to someone who’ll play with it. (Maybe my niece? But she’s still to young. Well, we’ll see…)
So I bought it. I got home and washed it in the washing machine. (It’s my old “impeccable converse” trick – it makes plastic look like new. ) I was sort of afraid that the eyes might get erased in the process, but that didn’t happen fortunately.
Her torso is the 1966 twists and turn waist (I’ve done my research, yes ) and made in China, which doesn’t make it valuable. It’s not very new though because her arms are straight. And there’s another particular thing about this doll. Her head is not hers: it’s glued on top and the patent is 1976 (just before the Superstar face)
And today I’ve decided what to do with it. I am going to try to turn her into Psylocke: )
I don’t know if I’ll make it. I don’t know anything about doll restyling and it might turn out like a patched wannabe cool doll. But it’s sure fun to try
I just love Google Books and the crazy things you can find in there, like these instructions on how to make a fisherman’s hat for dolls. Now that is something I definitely have to try.
Going over these simple instructions from Joan Hinds’ “Sew the Contemporary Wardrobe for 18 Inch Dolls” makes me think sewing for people should be simpler. (Will get back on this.)
Anyway, it doesn’t matter if you want to sew for dolls, a cousin or yourself, just take a look at these instructions and learn how to do a triangle scarf, a pair of mittens, a backpack and a crocheted purse. Easy-peasy!