How to Make Barbie Clothes

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To make Barbie clothes, you need to first make or buy a pattern, then sew any type of material you like to make the clothing.

Things You'll Need

  • Lace Trims
  • Fabrics
  • Sewing Kits
  • Sewing Machine
  • Sewing Needles
  • Threads
  • Scissors
  • Velcro
  • Barbie Fashion Designer CD-ROM
  • tiny, fake buttons
  • Buy patterns for Barbie clothes at a local sewing/hobby shop or online. Buy any material you like and sew according to the pattern.

  • Use Barbie clothes you already have to make patterns.

  • Find old, worn-out Barbie clothes at garage sales and flea markets to use as patterns.

  • Design your own patterns.

  • Purchase the Barbie Fashion Designer CD-ROM. This program prints out pictures of Barbie clothes that can be used for patterns. It also prints out real clothes on special felt paper.

  • Attach Velcro to clothes instead of buttons or snaps. It is easier for children to use.

  • Add lace, trim or fake buttons to dress clothing up.

  • Look for fun and wild patterns and materials. You will be able to find a lot of good things in the clearance bins at sewing shops because you only need a small amount of the material.

  • Consider making Barbie clothes and outfits for your child using similar material and patterns.

  • Reuse material from clothes your child has outgrown or leftover pieces of material from clothes your child already owns.

  • Understand that some materials just don't work for Barbie clothes. Because the clothes are so small, thick materials such as wide wale corduroy or heavy wool will be too cumbersome.

  • Consider what items of clothing are missing from the Barbie collection. Many collections are short on sleepwear and underwear. Swimsuits are usually not needed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Enjoy your designs - the fact that you made the clothes yourself makes them special.
  • Use different patterns for Barbie's friends, such as Stacie, Kelly and Ken.
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