I've been stitching up some glitzy Barbie clothes to give to one of my nieces this Christmas. Pretty tricky stuff too, when you're working with specialty fabrics like lame, organza, velvet and jacquard satin on such a small scale ( 1/4" seams!). Barbie has a new dress made from white satin which I overlaid with gold embossed organza.
I think my niece will like the sparkly stars and the fairy tale quality of this creation,
especially since I made a purple velvet cape that is lined with gold lame to make the outfit. I went to the work of lining both the dress and the cape with the thought that the clothes will last longer. I remember becoming frustrated as a child when Barbie's store bought clothes fell apart at the seams so quickly, so when I sew her clothes, I try to keep that from happening. You can imagine the challenges this can present because of the scale of the garments. My mom won't sew doll clothes. She didn't make them for me or my sister's dolls, when we were growing up and she says she isn't about to for her granddaughters, either. She calls this kind of sewing "too fiddly" and she can't believe I bother with it.
I actually enjoy it, maybe because I know how much I wanted to be able to sew clothes like this for my dolls when I was little. My Barbie didn't get to wear lame or velvet (mom's scrap bin didn't see the likes of such high end fabrics), instead I made clothes from more humble threads. My Barbie had her clothes made from corduroy, flannel, poly/cottons and T-shirt knits - with the odd double knit fashioned ensemble (poor Barbie!). My niece's Barbie will certainly be better dressed.
Here's an indication of just how caught up in Barbie clothes making I got....
Yes, that's fun fur on my cutting mat. What a mess! I really didn't think this idea through. I now have furry bits of fluff all over the place. lol
Barbie looks cozy in her new fur jacket though, and I'm sure my niece will be glad to add this to her doll's wardrobe.