All good things must come to an end, and this week, my computer gave up the ghost. So even though I’ve completed the prototype I was working on for Tall Barbie, everyone is going to have to wait even longer until my computer returns from the fix-it shop. Hopefully they can revive it. If not, it may be quite a while before I can post new patterns and tutorials. (Please be patient and don’t give up on me!)
So while we all wait, I thought I’d re-post some of the lovely costumes I’ve designed for my upcoming production of Romeo and Juliet. Thank you for your patience!
In my upcoming production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, some of our dolls will be “extras” in scenes like the Capulet family’s ball and the marketplace. This costume was designed for one of the extras who starts a fight in the marketplace (see photo above).
This is actually one of the easiest costumes to make for our film, and I’m sure even novice seamstresses won’t have too much trouble reproducing it if they use the patterns and tutorials I’ve linked to below. I’m even going to show you how to make the miniature swords!
Here’s the pattern for the cape portion of the cloak, and here’s the pattern for the hood. These are super easy to make. Probably, the cloak is the easiest piece of the costume to sew. This tutorial will show you how.
The shirt our “extra” is wearing, is what I call the “harlequin top,” and it’s a puffed-sleeve blouse without any special embellishments. A puffed-sleeve shirt is a little harder to make than just a plain old shirt, but again, my tutorial will help you figure out how it’s done. Here’s the pattern for the harlequin top. (You won’t need the skirting piece in that pattern, if you want it to look like the harlequin top in the photo at right.)
Pants are one of the easiest things I make for my Barbies, and bi-colored pants, like the ones pictured here are only a little bit trickier than single-colored pants. Here’s the sewing tutorial for bi-colored pants, and this is my pattern for Barbie’s bi-colored pants.
Medieval swords are remarkably easy to make for Barbie dolls, as you can see in this video tutorial. All you need are some Woodsies, embroidery floss, foam, and paint. If you’d also like to make your doll a belt and sheath to carry her sword, this is my video tutorial showing you how to make a belt and sheath for Barbies.
I have just a couple of pointers to add: when you print my patterns, it’s always friendly and kind to like it on FB, tweet about it, and/or pin it to your Pinterest page. That way you’re helping to spread the word that these free, printable sewing patterns exist.
And please note: you must enlarge the pattern to fit a full-sized piece of computer paper (8.5 x 11 inches or 216 x 279 mm) before printing. My designs use a 1/4 inch seam (standard for fashion doll sewing projects).