Big named designers have created amazing outfits for her, mostly as one of a kind art pieces.
The one on the right "Barbie, what a doll", is basically a photo album of lots and lots of her outfits from the beginning, 1959, until 1994 when the book was published.
I love this book because it has good studio shots of what the Barbie clothes I own looked like before I played with them to death, like this beautiful wool knit career suit. Barbie started off as "the teenage fashion model." I still have all the pieces to this outfit, except the neat red hat box!
Read my previous blogs to see the one I own filled with clothes.
When making something that will be sewn in a factory, I know exactly what fabric will be used for each piece and that can make a big difference in the fit of the garment. Also the ladies who sew these clothes are experts in working on this scale. The seam allowance used is 3/16" instead of 1/4" that I use when making home sewing patterns. So, the fit of factory made dolls clothes will be much better.
The original concept for this pattern was to make REALLY simple pieces in 3 sizes for Barbie, Bratz, Liv, Moxie, etc. But, half way through Simplicity called and asked me to include the wedding dress. So, pretty much these are easy piece, except for the wedding dress.
There is a lesson for sewing tiny doll clothes on the Simplicity website I wrote when I made this pattern. It talks about fabric choices and has tips such as using tweezers to guide the fabric under the machine needle. Click here to check it out.
One more word of caution about this pattern. The sizing can be confusing because Simplicity judged the 3 sizes by height, but it should really go by body measurements. Barbie and Liv are Large, Moxie is Medium and Bratz is small.
Here are my basic body measurements for these dolls. I'm going to give you 4 measurements in this order ... Bust, Waist, Hip and back waist length (nape to waist) for each size. Then measure your doll to determine the size.
Large - 5"- 3 1/8" - 5" - 2 1/4"
Medium - 4" - 2 7/8" - 4 1/8" - 1 5/8"
Small - 3 1/2" - 2 3/8" - 3 5/8" - 1 3/8"
Please write with any questions about these clothes!