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Free Pattern for Curvy Barbie

Free sewing pattern for Curvy Barbie

Miss Blue, who's been with me now so long, and at least got her beautiful hair up out of the way--

New Curvy Barbie and her beautiful long blue Space Princess hair

Now finally gets something new to wear!

My first dress for her had to be a Princess.

Free pattern for princess seams ruffle sundress for Curvy Barbie

Princess seams are not a very easy design to create!

I set out to do a Strapless at first, but it didn't happen and this did.

Might be because I FEEL for this lady (she's shaped like I am!) and this is the style that looks best on me.

Just last week I couldn't resist buying Fashionistas #63! She's so very "platinum" that it looks like she has grey hair-- I can imagine that she's just a very young-looking granny!

Fashionistas Curvy Barbie with hair so platinum that it looks grey to me

Here she is in the new dress I made when testing the printable pattern.

Curvy Barbie Fashionista 63 in handmade dress from free pattern

And here is the pattern to print in pdf Barbie_Curvy_Princess Pattern

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Pattern includes 1/4” seams EXCEPT at the neckline and armhole, there's only 1/8” seams there.

NOTE that your presser foot is WIDER than 1/4". Don't line up the fabric with the edge of the presser foot or the dress will come out too small!

I made a mark with a Sharpie on my sewing machine so I know where 1/4" is (the commercial Barbie patterns also use 1/4" allowances)

This is how big a quarter inch seam allowance is

Place pattern on fold, cut one large shape for the dress and a shorter one for the facing. Cut through the fold in the back.

Lay the facing and dress right sides together, stitch armholes and necklines with narrow seams. You have to be very careful and precise about this step. Flip over to be sure the seams are even. Then clip the curves.

Curvy Barbie pattern pieces with facing on top and arms and neck stitches Clipping curves of armholes

Now the tricky part, but it's doable! Pulling the back through the shoulders. You need a long tweezer, or a forceps works great.

Reach through the shoulder, get the bottom corner of the back and pull through. Keep the bulk smooth, if it bunches up and you pull hard, it'll rip the seams.

Using long tweezer

After the back section is through, gently ease the facing through.

Stitch up the darts on the dress and facing. (That could be done as the first step if you like, I just prefer to have the whole thing lying flat while dealing with the shoulders.)

That's right! I forgot to take a picture of this step. But I can't leave the step blank or it will be overlooked :-)

Then put facings right side to right side and sew down sides of facing and continue down side seams of the dress.

Tack the facing to the dress at the side seams.

Fold the backs over, once as narrowly as possible then a little wider, wouldn't hurt to try it on the doll at this point.

Barbie Princess dress spread out with the seams showing

That's a cute length for a mini-dress! Short, fitted skirts are so flattering on this body type!

Unfortunately I'm allergic to sewing curved hems, so I added a 13 x 3" ruffle.

And velcro. All done!

Velcro makes it super easy for a young child to dress, or you can stitch the skirt up to the point marked on the pattern.