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From: sewneat
Date: 03-29-2007, 08:58 AM (1 of 4)
:smile: Hi Everyone,
I am wanting to get into making dolls clothes for Barbie and 18" doll and I would like to know how to get started in doing that any help, advice and suggestions are very welcome.

User: sewneat
Member since: 01-26-2007
Total posts: 5
From: mamahoogie
Date: 03-29-2007, 09:25 AM (2 of 4)
I've made dozens of outfits for Barbie's for my granddaughter and here's what I found worked the best.
- Buy the patterns when they are on sale.
- Buy the thinnest, cheapest interfacing you can get.
- Open them up and iron them flat (dry iron, little heat)
- Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of the pattern.
- Then, and only then, cut out your pattern pieces.

The interfacing on the back will keep your pattern pieces intact for years but without it, that ultra-thin tissue paper will rip in no time. It also makes them easier to find.
- Now, I'm a bit of a organizer-freak, so you may not do this next part but it does save time....I then separate all the pattern pieces into piles for each outfit they make and store them in small Ziploc bags, then store all the bags in one large Ziploc along with the instructions and the pattern envelope. That way, when I want to make one outfit, I just pull out that bag.

One more thing. The pattern instructions will tell you to cut one of the bodice and turn under for facings but this is very difficult to get perfect seams and some material frays too much. I found it much easier to cut out two bodice pieces, sew them together except for the bottom, clip seams where necessary and flip to the right side and press. Top stitch the neck edge. I do this even for the ones that have sleeves as the neck edge is finished.

Have fun
I've decided to live forever - so far, so good.
User: mamahoogie
Member since: 12-25-2002
Total posts: 461
From: weezyrider
Date: 03-30-2007, 08:39 AM (3 of 4)
There are also plenty of patterns for 18" dolls. "The Doll's Dressmaker" by Venus Dodge is very good. It contains all the pattern pieces to make almost any type of outfit. There are also many other books and patterns available.

User: weezyrider
Member since: 08-19-2003
Total posts: 218
From: jessie s
Date: 03-31-2007, 11:19 PM (4 of 4)
I do a lot of craft shows. One of the things I make are Barbie clothes. My patterns are all original but while watching TV at night I have a Barbie on my lap and I knit or crochet outfits. Here is a simple sweater to knit. Front and back are the same. I use a 3 ply wool. Cast on 15 stitches. knit any pattern you want for 4 inches. Put the 2 squares together and sew at top for about 3 stitches to form shoulders leaving centre 9 stitches open for neck. Sleeves cast on 15 stitches and knit your pattern for 6 rows. Sew sleeve in. Then close side seams. I am not good at giving directions but once you make one you will understand. Ponchos are simple too. 2 pieces cast on 15 stitches and knit any pattern for 6 inches. Just sew together like any poncho pattern. Good luck. jessie s
User: jessie s
Member since: 02-26-2007
Total posts: 46
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