Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A Handmade Christmas - Week 3 {Barbie Clothes}

 Good morning!  Welcome to the 3rd week of "A Handmade Christmas". This past weekend Mara and I spent every extra moment in my office/sewing room working on making things. We are making things to donate to be sold at a Christmas Bazaar Fundraiser. So we have been making things that others can buy to use as Christmas gifts.

 One of our projects was Barbie clothes. This is something I haven't made that much of for a while. It was fun to work on but eventually I got a little tired of the putsyness of it as doing things like sewing on itty bitty snaps isn't my favorite activity.

  Here are the results of some of our work:
 These three ladies are dressed and ready to go to church. I made the green dress using the shirt front and back pattern that are below, attached them to a skirt made by cutting a circle and attached lace on top to work as a collar and sleeves. I also added lace to the bottom. The pink sweater was made using the shirt pattern and then I made a simple gored skirt. Mara made the other beautiful outfit.

She had made the lined skirt earlier using the basic elastic waist method. Then I made the shirt pattern for her and she made it using 3/4 length sleeves with snaps in the back. The hat she crocheted using doily thread and then added a beaded flower to it. I was quite impressed with the pretty outfit that she created! (and her patience at working on it!)

The pants I made using the basic pants pattern with an elastic waist. I simply sew the front seam together. Then I hem the legs and put elastic at the waist (either turning it over to make a casing or putting the elastic on top of the fabric). Next step is to sew the back seam together. Then I sew the inseam together and turn them right side out and they are all done.

The shirts were made from t-shirt fabric and the shirt pattern- one long sleeved and the other short sleeved. I sewed the back opening partway together and then just used one snap to close it at the top. On the t-shirt I simply finished the edges by zig-zagging over them while I stretched it slightly to give it a unique look.

Megan made the one girls headscarf and I made the scarf using the same method for scarves that I make for me- just in miniature.

Here are the pattern pieces. Simply right click on the picture and then click on print picture and it should print out the correct size.(That isn't working for me- I will try to find a way to make it work when I have more time.- meanwhile if you would like them just e-mail me and I will send it to you in an e-mail.) Seam allowances are 1/4 inch. I know my instructions have been very minimal. I don't have a lot of extra time at the moment to go into detail but if you want to make this and have any questions just feel free to ask and I will come back and add more information in as I have time.

I am just curious- are barbies still something that is played with much in other homes? My Megan enjoys playing them with friends but I wasn't sure if a lot of little girls still do or not.

 Have you been working on any Handmade Christmas things lately? I would love to hear about what you have been doing! If you have a post telling about things please leave a link which I will then move up into this post so that more can see. Otherwise I would love it if you would leave handmade ideas in the comments!


Becky said...

Fun! My girls still play with Barbies .... and we enjoy making some clothing as well. I can right click on your pattern and get it to open, but it messes up the page size.

Thanks for sharing :)

Abbi said...

Becky- if you would like me to e-mail you the pattern just shoot me an e-mail (abbi@abbisbridal.com) and I will send the pattern to you.
Thanks for leaving a comment!

JoannaTopazT said...

Barbies are played with at our house. They especially like to ride toy horses. The clothes are also a fun part of the play, so I think your bazaar items will be a big hit.

Travis said...

Mara's barbie outfit is quite lovely and detailed.
Barbies are still pulled out around here most Sundays, different girls have different preferences for sure.


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