One piece Barbie dress, prep work required

I found this little nugget on Pinterest for a woman’s dress and immediately saw the genius in being able to use the simple pattern to sew dresses for Barbies. I don’t really sew so the project has to be muy simple or I can’t do it.

The idea was good but the execution a total crap shoot. After 2 dresses I did learn how to do it properly so now you’ll know and be able to do it right the first time!

Not all Barbies are created equal. Believe it or not, they have different measurements. The first dress I made was too tight to rise over her prodigious rear but it did go over the ballerina Barbie’s rear. So, you will have to measure from seam to seam as it were.

Since Barbie is molded plastic, she has a plastic mold line going down the right and left sides of her body from her armpits to her ankles. When you measure around Barbie, you will need to measure from seam to seam. For my Barbie model it worked out thusly: and in cm, not inches:

Shoulder to shoulder- 6 cm
Around the boobs- 7 cm
Waist- 5 cm
Rear end- 7 cm

I added 0.5 cm seam allowance but a full 1 cm would be ok too.

Now you need to measure the distance from her neck to her various curves so you’ll know where to draw them on the material.

Neck to armpit- 2 cm
Neck to boobs- 4 cm
Neck to waist- 6 cm
Neck to rear end- 8.5 cm

Head opening, 3.5 cm and I have no idea how to hem that, probably just fold a ribbon down over the raw edge and sew in place. Take your material, fold it in half and draw a 3.5 cm half circle right at the fold. Extend the rest of the dress out from there.

the rough handdrawn shape

the rough handdrawn shape

draw in your measured lines

draw in your measured lines

Add the outline of the dress

Add the outline of the dress

hem, probably whip stitch, but don't sew the armpits shut.

hem, probably whip stitch, but don’t sew the armpits shut.

you sew the top of the arm piece, not the bottom

you sew the top of the arm piece, not the bottom

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