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How To Handsew a Barbie Dress? My proposal (DIY Project Of the Day- Making Of a Barbie Dress)

Happy Monday darlings! Today I have a very exciting DIY project to share. I'm going to show you how to hand make a designer Barbie dress. Now, I've made Barbie dresses before but this was my first attempt to make a professional looking Barbie dress. My first time coming up with a distinct design and then hand-sewing a Barbie dress. I actually made two Barbie dresses and one coat. In this post I will show you the results and explain how I made these Barbie clothing items.

For this DIY you will need:

1. Fabric
2. Satin cords (or something else for decoration)
3. Needle and thread
4. Scissors 
5. Barbie doll (optional)

There are probably two main reasons why someone would want to make a Barbie dress. First reason is that you want to make it for yourself. The second reason is that you want to make a Barbie dress to give it to somebody, be it to a person who collects Barbie dolls or a child that will actually play with the Barbie doll. In my case it's the latter. I made these two Barbie dresses for two little girls (aged 2 and 4). I've never collected Barbies or made things for them for aesthetic purposes. All the Barbie dresses I made so far were always practical. This is the first time I actually took the time to come up with a design. 

I love our new dresses! #barbiedolls #barbiecreation #creative #diy

How To Handsew a Barbi Dress? My proposal (DIY Project Of the Day)

How To Handsew a Barbi Dress? My proposal (DIY Project Of the Day)

These dresses I made can actually stand on their own, so they could be used as home decor. By standing on their own, I mean they are self supporting, you can place them somewhere (on a shelf for example) and make them a decor item. I almost wanted to keep them when I saw how cute they turned out. Maybe I should make dresses like these ones for decor purposes?

One of the things I loved about this project was the opportunity to recycle or perhaps better to say upcycle. I found this beautiful checkered material and after I made a dress for myself, I also decided to make these little Barbie dresses. As you might have noticed, I'm really keen on DIY project. This one turned a bit more difficult that I had originally imagined, but no regrets. It took me about 8 hours to sew these dresses, so it was not the easiest project ever. 

How hard is it to make a Barbie dress? Well, it is not easy. Let's be honest about that. My hands still hurt. I made these dresses last week and I can barely move my right hand at this point. Let me tell you, those tiny stitches are hard on the hands. I included a lot of photographs in this post, so you can see the whole process and see the 'progress' I made on sleeves and etc. The dresses I made have a slightly different cut. One Barbie dress is an A skirt, while the other is a straight cut dress but with interesting details on the back. I didn't want to repeat the design. The sleeveless coat I made is really simple. I just measured where the hands should be and then lined it. The dresses took more time and thought. 

How To Handsew a Barbi Dress? My proposal (DIY Project Of the Day)

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While I was preparing this post, I did a bit of research. I suspect there must be Barbie patterns out there and surely enough when I googled those, they turned out. They are all over the place, I easily found some on Pinterest. So, yes, in case you're wondering- there are free Barbie patterns on the Internet. I do recommend using them, especially if that is how you like to sew. There are clear advantages to following a pattern. As you can see, I just improvised, (as usual) but I think that using a pattern could actually make things easier. In addition, I could make things faster especially if you own a sewing machine, that would obviously speed things up. However, I should note that even if you do own a sewing machine, you'll still probably need to do some sewing by hand. Because Barbie clothing items are so tiny, it is not always possible to use a sewing machine, even if you know how. I don't actually own a sewing machine. I sew these dresses by hand, without a pattern and that is why it probably took so long to make them.

How To Handsew a Barbi Dress? My proposal (DIY Project Of the Day)

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How To Handsew a Barbi Dress? My proposal (DIY Project Of the Day)

My tutorial (dress making proposal) for making a fabulous Barbie dress.

1. Buy or borrow a Barbie doll. Having a model might make the sewing easier. You can try on the clothes and see if they fit, if you need to alter them.

2.  If you're making a dress,  consider using a Barbie clothing item as an undergarment. In addition, you think about recycling parts of some other Barbie clothing item. These two Barbie dolls I got came with very basic short dresses that I decided to use as an under dress. Once my dresses were completed, the original 'dresses' weren't visible at all but they added structure to the dresses I made and made things a bit easier.

3. Decide on a design and stick to it. You don't have to decide on a every single detail, but you will need to decide on the cut of the dresses before you cut the fabric. For example, if you want to make a dress with ruffles, you will need more fabric. You can decide on the decorations and details later on, but the basic cut should be decided on early on in the process.

4. Measure and cut the fabric.  After you have established the design and the cut of the Barbie clothing items you want to make, sew your designed clothing items together. Don't forget to measure the fabric! You can always cut the excess fabric but if you use too little fabric (i.e. not enough) , you'll have to abandon the process and start anew.

5. Finalize the design. Don't forget to hem the Barbie dresses. Unless you're using faux leather or something that doesn't require hemming, you will need to hem Barbie clothes. Consider lining and underlining as those things always makes the garment look couture and polished.

6.  Add the finishing touches, like decorations (optional). I actually added  lots of details once I had sewed the dresses together. I used satin cords to create little hair bows for my Barbies. In addition, I used satin cords on both dresses. The transparent red satin cord is actually part of the design of the dresses and serves as the 'top' of the dress but  I also added red satin cord to one of the dresses, I sewed it in and then I tied a bow. I don't know if you can see it but I have also sewed in a red heart under the transparent red satin cord  (on the dress with a A cut)

7. Wrap the Barbie dresses you made! This step is completely optional as you're going to do it only if you made your Barbie dresses as a present for someone.

How To Handsew a Barbi Dress? My proposal (DIY Project Of the Day)

How To Handsew a Barbi Dress? My proposal (DIY Project Of the Day)

How do you like this DIY? Would you consider trying it? Have you ever made a Barbie dress? If you were to make a Barbie dress, how would you use it? Would you give it some kid? Are there any Barbie collectors among you? Did you play with Barbie dolls as a kid? I know I did. Honestly, I have never bought into that philosophy that Barbie dolls created 'unrealistic' expectations for little girls. Children are more influenced by what they mothers say and how they act, then by any dolls. Our mothers are our first style influences. I think that every little girl looks up primarily to her mother and then to other adults. That is where children get their information on how to behave and what to do. Kids are like sponges, they just soak everything in. What influences them the most is a combination of interaction with other people (both children and adults) and media. Barbie dolls on their own are just dolls. However, media is another thing. Cartoons, films and other programs for children are something that needs to be examined. Without getting into the subject deeper, I would certainly advise care when it comes to what children watch on TV and on their phones. Instead of stigmatizing a doll, why not actually speak with children and monitor their growth and thinking?  I mean I also played with unicorns and pony dolls when I was a kid, but it didn't make me think I should become one. Do you know what I mean? Lots of little girls played with classical Barbie dolls and I doubt it did anyone any serious harm. When it comes to self-image, it's always a combination of factors, never something simple as a doll. Anyhow, that would be all for today. I hope you liked this DIY project. As I said, it wasn't the easiest thing to do, but it was more than worth it considering that it made two little girls happy. I'm a big fan of hand made gifts. In today's consumerist world, hand made gifts really meant something. If you make something with your own hands, if you put your time and effort into it, then you know you've put your heart into that gift.   I wish you a fantastic week ahead.

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How To Handsew a Barbi Dress? My proposal (DIY Project Of the Day)

How To Handsew a Barbi Dress? My proposal (DIY Project Of the Day)

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  1. Wow, great tutorial. You have done it so well. I love the dress you have prepared. Have a great day. Kisses 😘😘.

  2. Buen tutorial! Quedaron geniales las barbies :)

  3. Oh what a sweet gift! These are lovely dresses! :) I wish I had your skills! I had barbies growing up, and a lot of their outfits were hand made ones my mum or other friends/family had made - it was so fun having such a wide wardrobe to choose from for my dolls! :)

    Hope you have had a great weekend. We had a quiet one with all the wet weather!

    Away From The Blue Blog

    1. thanks....I think my mother also made me Barbie dresses when I was younger. I can't remember for sure, but I remember that she would made me paper Barbies and I loved those.

  4. Can't believe you did this pretty dress! I used to own 2 barbie dolls too, & was keeping it for my daughter. Unfortunately out popped a son instead, & I had to give them away. Sigh!

  5. Nesvakidašnji predivan post! :) Uživala sam čitajući, jer i dan danas obožavam Barbie lutke iako imam 20+ godina :D Ti si tako kreativna devojka da je to za primer, svaka čast!


  6. Che bravaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!! Barbie fortunata!!!

  7. So cute Ivana!!! You're always so crafty and original :-)
    xo from Italy,
    Sonia Verardo

  8. They look so fabulous and cute! I love how you matched the red part with the checkered part and the sleeves!

    Olga from Myme

  9. it's so cute!! I like it

    kisses dear

  10. How cuteeee! Great Work :)


  11. Ma che brava che sei Ivana!
    Hai realizzato dei vestitini davvero deliziosi, complimenti! :D

  12. Oh my gosh I totally have to bookmark this post. My Pullip doll Rena fits Barbie clothes and it would be awesome to be able to make her some original dresses. I love this DIY and I will have to find the fabric that I had been hoarding to try it out. Will definitely let you know how it turns out if I do :) Thank you!

    1. I will look into this a bit more. If I find time, I will also try sewing doll clothes by pattern and share that experience!

  13. I love these dresses. I would have loved to have made my own when I was younger, I had a barbie doll obsession!

    Corinne x

  14. Dai ma che bello lo sai che li cucio anche io gli abiti per Barbie? la amo fin da piccola e ne ho sempre una con me anche quando scrivo i post, bello questa scelta d'abito
    un bacio

  15. I have always loved Barbies! Very nice idea for a Barbie dress :)

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  16. Oh wow, that is so cute! When, I was little, I always wondered how hard a barbie dress would be to make...

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

  17. Oh my gosh, this is completely adorable Ivana! I love how you've chosen for matching red gingham, the finished effect is so lovely and tyrollean :) My mum actually still buys Barbies for their clothing and accessories haha, so I'll have to suggest your DIY dress idea to her! Hope you're having a lovely week so far Ivana!! x

    1. how sweet your mother collects Barbie dolls!
      Thank you<3


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