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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)
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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 07:20 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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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
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