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Homemade Barbie clothes.

Does anyone else make Barbie clothing? I know I'm about to sound like the queen dork here, but I really enjoyed collecting Barbies as a kid. I've recently became re-interested and bought a few new dolls. I have to admitt I was intrigued when I saw Barbie's new line of "Top Model" dolls. I found out this new line of dolls is made with Mattel's, recently introduced, new Barbie body Called "Modelmuse" It's basically a long lean model type Barbie, who instead of being totally bendable, is pretty much stuck in a fashion model pose. But with this new Barbie body there are almost no clothes to fit them. After searching the net for info on these Barbies (and being introduced to a whole new world of barbie collecting, OOAK and much more!!) And searching for any type of barbie pattern available for free (there are practically NONE) I took a stab at making some clothing myself. Here they are:

I made this GO-GO style dress after being inspired by the thigh-high lime-green stocking this doll came with.

My camera battery died before I could get individual shots but you can see all of the pieces here. I didn't make the jeans the doll with the sunglasses is wearing, nor any of the handbags (besides the green GO-GO one)

All the Patterns were made from cutting up old Barbie clothing to get a basic pattern and adjusting the pieces as I sewed them to fit these dolls.


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Jan. 19th, 2008 06:45 am (UTC)
those clothes are GREAT!

on a side note- i looked up some pictures of the new modelmuse body and is it just the crappy pictures or did they make them even SKINNIER?!?!

can we get a humanmuse barbie where they leave porportions conducive to you know... organs & ribcages?
Jan. 19th, 2008 07:05 am (UTC)
Lol, I agree they are totally unrealistic. And YES they did make them thinner! Who knew it was possible!! Thats why none of the old clothing fits. But I actually really like them (being a design student and working with fashion flats and super skinny models anyway)
Jan. 19th, 2008 07:19 am (UTC)

i walk thru the aisles of the toy stores and just see sluts in boxes with barely any clothes and plastered with makeup with hugge fat-filled lips..

gross.. please please please! for the upcoming generation, something has to be done before we have little baby girls running around in thongs and getting plastic surgery gift cards for their 10th birthday..

im soo glad u made clothes that made the dolls look human.. like a normal woman looks


Jan. 19th, 2008 07:34 am (UTC)
Thanks :)
I would love to see a real human shaped Barbie also! And I agree that the doll selection today leaves much to be desired... The clothing is.. how do I say this. TRASHY! and so is the make-up. I've looked into to re-painting Barbie faces and intend to give mine a more natural toned down look. But it's really a shame I have to do all this myself when the company could just take a stand against trashyness and make natural dolls!
Jan. 19th, 2008 08:38 am (UTC)
cool ! man i would love love love to see that ..

.. and yes it is sad.

but that is a good idea to redo the barbie


Jan. 19th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)
i think there was somebody on here who used to repaint barbie faces?

theres a bunch of stuff in the FAQs- i don't know if you already checked it out?

Jan. 19th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
At least they're not skinnier but with bigger boobs.
Jan. 20th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)



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Jan. 19th, 2008 07:06 am (UTC)
You're right, she has that leaned-back hand on hip thing down perfect!
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Jan. 19th, 2008 07:44 am (UTC)
I don't mind if they do different face types, but I agree that there's an overload of eye make-up.
Jan. 19th, 2008 07:52 am (UTC)
barbie always had an overload of eye make up though.
Jan. 19th, 2008 07:52 am (UTC)
Well, the head on the blonde dolls is a reproduced head from 1991. it is commen for mattel to re-use head molds over and over for different dolls if it looks weird I'm sure it's the drastic eye make-up. And, believe it or not, the red head is a head mold from 1971! When I saw the doll in the store I thought it had more of a classic barbie look. I didn't know it was actually a reproduction classic head. The yucky shiney lip color does nothing for these dolls and I intend to re-paint them.. after I practice on a few junky dolls first.
Jan. 19th, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC)
Funny how the vintage Steffie mold looks so Bratz-like!
The lime dress matches her stockings perfectly!
I'll have to post some pictures of my dolls too.
Jan. 19th, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC)
Please do!.....Pretty please?
Jan. 20th, 2008 02:01 am (UTC)
Ok, I will, but I don't want to hijack your thread, so I'll post in a new one :)
Jan. 19th, 2008 07:20 am (UTC)
Utter cuteness!
Jan. 19th, 2008 07:21 am (UTC)

(not the clothes, they're adorable. just the fact that the normal barbie wasn't skinny enough for society, and now girls will have a new anorexic role model to play with.)
Jan. 19th, 2008 07:28 am (UTC)
To each their own. I really like these dolls and I am very used to working with exadurated human figures being a design student and drawing fashion flats, I also have a sister who is naturally rail thin who models and lets me design for her. But don't get me wrong I understand your feelings about this image as a kids toy. I'm suprised Mattel released this doll as a shelf doll. I'm pretty sure the body was origanally designed for the fashion-collector-adult crowd in the first place. But I'm glad they did because the collector versions are like 70 bucks. lol.
Jan. 19th, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC)
Why do designers prefer rail-thin models? Is it easier? Where is the challenge in that? Seems like if you wanted your clothes to be worn, rather than just photographed, designing for more average-shaped people might be preferable.

I'm not trying to get nasty or anything. Just something I've always wondered.
Jan. 20th, 2008 12:57 am (UTC)
I honestly don't really know. I've heard different theories, one being that they are practically walking hangers and clothing looks good on the hanger. Don't really buy that. Another is that tall thin women look good, dramatic, dominating and statuesqe on the runway. That makes some sence. And the third is that designers need some type of standard fitting system so the girls all have to be a similar size and height because the designs aren't designed and tailored to them in particular, and thin is good because you can always pinch a dress a little tighter to fit but you cant hurry up and let it out. And in the case of most major designers when the dress is made from cashmere or leather or silk or some other exotic material you don't want to cut that up to fit a curvy girl at the last min. But I do think it would be amazing if the fashion industry were to change to a more healthy weight. I really don't think its too much to adjust their standard sizing. But I do think models should be tall. For that dramatic wow feature.
Jan. 19th, 2008 07:23 am (UTC)
i love barbie. i am 34! i still have all of mine from the 70's and 80's. and all the other ones i have collected over the years. i love these outfits!
Jan. 19th, 2008 08:20 am (UTC)
There's a lotta websites out there that have tutorials on face re-painting, re-rooting, hairstyling etc...here's one that has a wicked aweome OOAK (one of a kind) Barbie gallery and some tips

I've been working on an OOAK Barbie myself...i just gotta do some painting and hairstyling.

Jan. 19th, 2008 03:10 pm (UTC)
And a whole bunch of books on it, some of which the library might have (the one in my area does), including knitting and crocheting for Barbie.

Edited at 2008-01-19 03:12 pm (UTC)
Jan. 19th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
The clothes look awesome. Great job!
Jan. 19th, 2008 03:21 pm (UTC)
Well I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that I for one am GLAD that they made Barbie skinnier. She's much more proportionate and realistically shaped than the exaggerated figure of the past. And I'm sure the clothes are much easier to fit now, and it's easier to dress her. I always hated how hard it was to pull her clothes over her massive thighs and hips only to have them be gigantically baggy around her miniscule waist. I deal with that enough in real life, though on a much larger and fatter scale, of course. And as a lifetime casual Barbie collector, I'm happy to see a current Barbie (intended for girls instead of collectors) that I can actually get behind and be proud of. Barbie quality has gone far downhill as they have tried to keep up with the Bratz appeal (wrong move on Mattel's part).

And for those that whine about "our poor girls and their self esteem", if a doll caused a girl to starve herself, there is already something seriously wrong with her. It's the same argument that people use to say that videogames and music breed violence. Marylin Manson didn't cause the Columbine shootings, and Barbie didn't make you binge and purge. I've been overweight my entire life, and never once did I look at a model or a doll and think that there is something wrong with me or that that is how I am supposed to look. But maybe my family raised me to have enough sense in my head to recognize that the world is full of infinite different shapes and sizes and you work with what you've got. That just always seemed to be common sense to me.

I'm really trying not to be mean or insulting here, but this is a huge sore spot for me. I could continue lecturing, but that's not very crafty or appropriate. So therefore: YAYYYY!! The clothes look so wonderful, you did a fantastic job of fitting them. They look better than the clothes they make for them today.
Jan. 19th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
i see your point and i really it makes a lot of sense. especially in terms of what chunkypeaches was saying with clothing design and all. i can't really see the body in pictures online (woooo barbie take it off) but i had just noticed that the thighs were miiiiiighty slim.

that being said i agree with it not being a bad example for girls unless its allowed to be. and i'm didn't intend to start a skinny girls are evil campaign. i just think it would be really awesome if we had some diversity. maybe i'm just talking about myself but i could really get down with a barbie that had my latina hips & booty proportions goin on.
Jan. 19th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you! You said everything I was trying to say but didn't know how!!! Kudos!!
Jan. 19th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
That music note shirt reminds me of a shirt from Urban Outfitters. Very cute stuff!

Jan. 19th, 2008 06:12 pm (UTC)
Oh my, those are SO cool. I adored Barbies and the concept of soap opera stories in my doll house. I probably played with them until I was 14 :P

I still have the doll house and am hoping some day to remake it for my children.
Jan. 19th, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC)
I was the same way. I got a barbie dream house for my 14th birthday!
Jan. 19th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
Your barbie clothes are fantastic! Love em! And I was thinking the same thing about the one doll looking like Paris!
Jan. 19th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
Scary how close that one looks to Paris Hilton. :) Great clothes.
Jan. 19th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
That's what I was thinking!
Jan. 21st, 2008 07:26 am (UTC)
Love the pic.

Probably my favorite scene in the whole movie. Though Sascha Baron Cohen did make for a bit of interest :)
Jan. 19th, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
I wish I owned all of the shoes these dolls are wearing. lol. The Paris Hilton look-a-like is my favorite. :)
Jan. 20th, 2008 12:51 am (UTC)
Oooh, too bad you cant see in the picture the boots the paris hilton one is wearing! Theyre impressive!! If you look them up its the boots the 1st edition top model blonde barbie comes with.
Jan. 19th, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC)
How old are you? Because I just turned 18, and for some reason I just fell back in love with Barbies. I feel so stupid sometimes, but I love them. My boyfriend's mom is 50 & has a HUGE collection of Barbies & other dolls similar to Barbie, so she kind of fueled my addiction again. But I just pulled out almost all of my old Barbies still in boxes, & I just love them.

Do you keep any of yours in boxes? Or take them all out? I just got a Top Model one [The red head] & I am trying to decided weather to keep her in the box, or take her out.
Jan. 20th, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
Lol, I'm 22! And I take mine out! Very few do I actually keep in the box. But I do have a few special edition ones.
Jan. 20th, 2008 02:36 am (UTC)
Yeah, most of mine are from when I was little, so they're mostly limited edition--since I opened all the others I got. Haha.

How do you display them? I still live with my parents, so it's hard to find a place to put/display them. They're all sitting in boxes right now, a lot of the boxes smashed from moving so many times. I just want to put them somewhere besides the garage!

[Do you have any pics of your collection? I would love to see them!]
Jan. 20th, 2008 03:51 am (UTC)
No social commentary here
Great clothes on the dolls! Such finicky stitches, and tight rolls... I tried to make a couple of Barbie dresses for my daughter's dolls - and discovered that the California Barbies have more realistic proportions than the patterns! Her Swan Lake Barbie could wear the funky outfits, but not bend her legs, her Malibu Barbie couldn't wear anything with a waist. :-( The Princess/Pauper Barbies looked like they'd been poured into a corset mould...

I kind of wish there'd been a standard, so they could have a big slumber party in the closet (haha, Barbies in the closet!) and trade cute outfits. Ah, well, she's more into Pet Shops now, and there's no work there for me. Whew. Your Barbies would've walked home in little flour sacks after spending the night in the closet with my DD's Barbies. :-D
Jan. 20th, 2008 08:10 am (UTC)
jesus they look anorexic! But those clothes are hot. I'd wear them in real life.
Jan. 21st, 2008 03:40 am (UTC)
I looove your doll clothes.

the third doll DOES look like Paris Hilton. If you could repo her, you'd make a fortune, celebrity dolls NEVER look like the people they're supposed to be.

I so need to get dolls out and make clothes for them.

And buy myself a ModelMuse doll. One of these days....
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