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Sewing Clothes For Barbie
24 Stylish Outfits for Fashion Dolls
Annabel Benilan

Search Press
UK 10/24/17 / US 02/01/18 / 9781782215974
How-To Books/Sewing

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


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 for a list of suppliers.

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in The Bead Magazine, Making Jewellery and
Reviewed 2017