My granddaughter fervently wanted to win the Barbie Easter basket at our recent Breakfast with the Bunny extravaganza at the local high school. We bought boatloads of tickets, way more than the basket was worth. And she won! Hip hip hooray! Total happiness, right? Initially, yes but then she discovered that the Barbie was a SWIM Barbie. Can you imagine that?
She was not happy that Barbie was clothed in nothing but a swimsuit. This was an affront to humanity and she wanted, she said, a skirt for Barbie. So I made her one which wasn't really up to snuff.
Ultimately she was happy but as her reaction was not total joy so I decided the post had to reflect that. I decided to entitle this post How to create a mediocre Barbie skirt because that is what I accomplished!
- Barbie in need of clothes
- Scrap of fabric
- scrap of elastic
- Sewing machine
Cut a piece of 1/4" elastic the width of Barbie's waist plus .5" for seams.
Fold 1/4" twice on the bottom to make a hem.
Sew the top folded fabric with a straight stitch.
Keep using the safety pin to advance the elastic through the seam. When it gets all the way to the end, remove the pin and secure the elastic. Sew it firmly in place.
Stitch the back using a 1/4" seam, this will look better and is all allowed in the cutting. Backstitch at each end. Press the seam open as best you can.
Zara told me she wanted the "skirt" to be up there also. I said, oh you wanted a dress?
She replied in the affirmative and added, plus shoes. A few minutes later she was carrying the Barbie around with pride. She changed her name to Flower.
After she left I went online. I found 10 super cheap poorly made Barbie dresses for 10 bucks and 50 pairs of shoes for half that. I ordered both and Z thought they were FABULOUS.
Morale of the story: Fashionistas are fickle clients!
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Here is a link to a project that received a much more glowing review.