This all started out because a friend of mine had made her Granddaughter a dress for her Barbies. It got me to thinking how difficult could it be to crochet Barbie clothes. I have to admit I did some research and looked up what others had designed. I found a pattern and tried my hand at it. Here is the finished dress below!
At this point I still had to sew snaps onto the back of the dress. I did not however have small enough snaps to attach. I had to make a trip to the store to purchase them. I did have fun making this dress and the pattern was easy to follow. Here is a link to the pattern I followed. Barbie Simple Sheath Dress (Free Crochet Pattern)
Once I accomplished that dress my mind went into overdrive, which happens quite often with me on anything to do with crafts! lol Now that I have gone off on a tangent back to the original thought! I started to think that I could design something myself for Barbie. Once I finished the dress above I understood what was needed to make clothes for Barbie. Having sewing experience making my own clothes helped. Below is what I have started on another dress for Barbie.
My thought for the dress is to make it a full skirt and be lacy on the bottom half of the skirt. For the top I had chained enough to go around just under the breast and overlap a little on the back and continued back and forth for 6 rows and then started to work on the back. Both dresses are made from size 10 cotton thread and I used a size 7 hook on the purple dress and a size 1 for this dress.
I then continued the pattern for 6 stitches and worked them back and forth for 2 more rows and at the end of the next row and started to decrease stitches each row until I had a total of 3 stitches and fastened off. I then did the same for the other side on the back. For the front I skipped 6 stitches for the arm hole and attached with a slip stitch and continued pattern for 4 stitches and continued the pattern for 2 rows. The next row I decreased once and then continued the pattern for 2 more rows and fastened off. I then proceeded to do the same for the other side on the front. I then sewed the shoulder seams together.
This is another view of the front of the dress. After I sewed the shoulder seams together I was ready to continue on with the bottom of the skirt. I attached the thread to the back and just chained 4 and skipped 1 chain and sc in the next chain on the bottom of original chain from the top part of the dress. I then worked that across, turned and chained 4 and sc in the next ch 4 space and across. After the open chain work I then proceeded to start the pattern back up for 2 rows. The next row I slip stitched them together in the back and continued working the pattern in Rnds. I am now at the point where I increased all around and that is where I left off.
I do believe I am going to have a lot of fun designing Barbie dresses for my Granddaughters. I love making things for my Family and with the Barbie clothes they are smaller, so I am able to finish a project sooner than I do with the full size clothes. I can not wait to see their faces when they receive the Barbie clothes. As I finish the dress I will post pics so you can see what progress I have made.
Here is another link for some free patterns for Barbie clothes for those of you that are interested in making any yourself. Crochet Pattern Central – Free Barbie Crochet Pattern Link Directory.
Thanks for taking a look and coming along with me on my creation of Barbie Clothes. If you have any questions or any ideas you would like to share feel free to comment!