Yes, that’s my Tall Barbie® wearing the latest throwback pattern of bell-bottom jeans and a tie-dyed shirt. How cute is she?!
Today I’m previewing the patterns and tutorials I’ll be posting this week, and my focus is on the adorable style of the 1960’s. The bell-bottom pants fit Tall Barbie® to perfection, but a regular-sized fashion doll, like my Made-to-Move Barbie® (shown below) can also wear the jeans, as long as she puts on a pair of high-heeled boots or shoes:
The pants/jeans are a little long for a regular-sized 11.5-inch fashion doll, without heels on. However I bet they’d fit some of the taller fashion dolls besides Tall Barbie®.
For example, when I was a kid, I used to have a Bionic Woman™ doll from Kenner. This doll was 12 inches tall instead of the usual 11.5 inches tall. I no longer have my Bionic Woman, but I do wonder if this pattern wouldn’t fit her.
Be advised, though: I tried these pants on Curvy Barbie® and found that they’re too narrow in the knee area of the leg. So they won’t fit your Curvy Barbie® unfortunately. So if you’re planning to make doll clothes to fit a Bionic Woman™ doll from Kenner, you might find the same holds true.
If you look back through my older posts, you’ll find that I did design a similar pair of pants to fit regular Barbie® and similar-sized fashion dolls (shown to the right on a Teresa doll). It was part of the zipper coat ensemble that you can find on my Gallery Page.
Since a lot of those older videos and patterns need to be remastered, I’ve been slowly working on that project. This pants/jeans pattern was first developed in answer to a request from my friend and colleague, Mrs. Ivy. (Hi Mrs. Ivy!) She wanted a pair of elastic-waist pants that were easy for her young daughter to slip on and off her dolls.
The new design still offers that easy-to-dress feature. And actually, these elastic-waist pants are really pretty easy to make.
For the more recent photo shoot, I especially like this shot of my Made-to-Move Barbie® seated in a wicker chair:
Those boot-cut jeans are perfect for Made-to-Move Barbie®‘s crossed-leg pose!
So come on back later this week, when I post the patterns and tutorials for making this retro ’60’s outfit for your fashion dolls!
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In case you haven’t heard, I have actually designed some commercial patterns for Lammily LLC. They have some new dolls in their line, including a new male doll, so you might want to visit the Lammily website to see what they’ve got going on.
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