Make a little girl’s fashion wishes come true with this
book of twenty-four outfits for Barbie. It doesn’t matter
which doll she has, either, as the patterns are sized for
original, petite, curvy and tall Barbies – just like
real patterns! Save money on pricey premade outfits and be
a green crafter by using up all those scraps from other projects.
I like the way the outfits run the gamut of styles from glamorous
to everyday, with a bit of fantasy thrown in for fun. Barbie
gets to dress up as a princess, super hero, mermaid and fairy
as well as in a bikini and evening gown. But she is also shown
in a long boho summer outfit, trousers, jumper and woolly
hat, and walking on the beach in her yellow mac. All the patterns
are full sized and can easily be traced or photocopied if
you don’t own a scanner; some simple shapes such as
rectangles are given as measurements and require a ruler.
The projects consist of a page-sized photograph of Barbie
wearing the outfit in situ, together with a list of what you
need and written instructions with the type of simple drawn
diagrams you see on patterns.
If you are a beginner sewer this is not the
best book to start with as it does not teach the basics, being
just a book of patterns with instructions. You don’t
need much sewing knowledge to tackle these tiny garments but
you certainly need to know how to use a sewing machine as
well as cope with seams and hems, darts and do things like
set wee sleeves. This is a well presented book that is easy
to use and a lot of fun, as Barbie gets dressed up in her
culottes to visit Paris, puts on her dungarees for a bit of
DIY, tours a city in her smart coat and gets married. A fun
way to use up scraps and make some presents that are sure
to be appreciated by every Barbie fan.
If you cannot find a good range of fabric and sewing materials
locally try www.searchpress.com for a list of suppliers.