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KimberleyDavis2B
« on: April 21, 2011 07:50:52 AM »

A friend of mine was lamenting on how skimpy all of Barbie's clothing is and how you can't find anything more appropriate. So she came to me and asked if I could alter the clothes for her. So I did! Here are a few of the outfits I altered. I'm actually having TONS of fun doing this!  I love to make fashion doll clothing from scratch too and I have tons of vintage patterns.  I love vintage patterns for people, dolls and toys.

Here is one outfit:



Here is another:


I've got a bunch more I am altering.  I don't have little girls so I had no idea how skimpy all those clothes are! I am not a prude, but seriously, some of those outfits are insane, AND expensive for the inch of fabric they use. heh

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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2011 07:58:10 AM »

What a great idea, I never thought to do that.  I too think Barbie is under-dressed most of the time, so this is a wonderful way to make her clothes much more appropriate.  Great job, by the way, you've got a good eye for this!

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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2011 08:12:32 AM »

Awesome idea, and they look fab. My daughter isn't into Barbie yet (she's only 20 months) but this makes me glad I have almost my entire Barbie stash from the late 80's/early 90's. I don't remember the clothes being as skimpy then. The sad thing is that lots of parents dress their pre-teens this way too though. CNN just had an article about that a couple days ago.
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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2011 08:33:52 AM »

Thanks for the compliments! Smiley

I wanted to be a fashion designer when I was growing up.  Now I get to do it on a small scale for others! heh

I am saddened when I see the way pre-teens and teenagers dress these days.  They grow up too fast as it is.  My friend, the one I made these clothes for, is a Christian mom and felt that she would send the wrong message to her little girls if she let them play with clothing she would not approve of on the girls, or adults for that matter. Even if I had a perfect body I'd wear more clothing than those dolls wear! hehe

And it is true, they did not used to be so skimpy. Even the patterns today are for teeny tiny little things. That's one reason I also love the vintage barbie and fashion doll clothing patterns. I think you can be young and hip without wearing little more than a bikini.

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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2011 11:32:03 AM »

I don't have girls (two boys here) but I long for the Barbie clothes that my mother, aunt and even grandmother saved for us when we were little - we had a Barbie that has a beautiful tea-length a-line gown with a peter pan collar - obviously it made an impression since I still remember it all these years later! If I ever end up with a girl, I'll have to take to sewing Barbie clothes myself! You've done a fabulous job on these two outfits - I'd love to see more!
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« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2011 11:56:14 AM »

Thank you! I'll definitely post all the clothes I make from the vintage patterns.  They are from the early 50s and later, so those gorgeous dresses, pants, etc. will be included. I love making those clothes because you can use such a small amount of fabric that it really doesn't cost much to use beautiful stuff! Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2011 12:36:55 PM »

Really pretty, much better than the originals. I like the last dress a lot
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« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2011 12:43:31 PM »

What a great idea! I'd love to see more of them.
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« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2011 06:27:40 PM »

I crochet clothes for Barbie.  I find it hard to fit the extremely small waist and big chest.  I like the vintage crochet patterns, but find them hard to follow.

I love the additions to the dresses.  They make the originals look luxe and expensive.  I like the prom dress too!!
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« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2011 06:32:19 PM »

This particular Barbie has a relatively small (meaning normal size for humans) chest.  She is an odd doll though, to me, because you can trade her HEAD for other heads.   I'd never heard of her, but then I haven't kept up with Barbie for many many years.

If you found this barbie, I think the crochet barbie clothes you are talking about would fit rather nicely. Smiley

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