#TallBarbie and Endless Hair #Barbie #dolls’ measurements

Visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes. Image shows Mattel's Endless Hair Princess doll standing next to a fashionista tall barbie doll and a made to move "regular" sized Barbie. The article which accompanies this photo describes the exact measurements of the Endless Hair Princess doll in comparison to the fashionista brand of tall barbies from Mattel. The site, ChellyWood.com offers tips and tutorials and free patterns for people who enjoy sewing dolls' clothes. This particular article is about comparing the different dolls' dimensions for the purpose of sewing clothing for them.
Visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes.

What are the measurements of a “Tall Barbie”… Height? Waist? Bust? I recently received this question in my inbox, so I decided it was time, once again, to compare measurements! (I don’t know about you, but I think it’s fun to compare measurements on dolls…)

To my knowledge, there are actually three different dolls that would qualify for the title of “tall Barbie” dolls. There’s the “My Size Barbie,” which ranges in size from 28 inches tall to 38 inches tall, depending on the year of manufacture. I do not own one of these dolls, but I hope to purchase one someday.
Next we have the relatively new 17 inch Endless Hair Princess Barbie, which I do own. Her measurements are as follows:
  • Top of head to base of foot: 17 inches, which is 43 centimeters
  • Bust circumference: 6.5 inches or 16.5 cm
  • Waist circumference: 5 inches or 12.6 cm
  • Leg inseam (distance from crotch to bottom of heel): 8.5 inches or 21.5 cm
  • Arm inseam (distance from the underarm to the wrist): 4.5 inches or 11.5 cm
  • Torso (distance from the shoulder close to the neck, down to the hip): 4 inches or 10.1 centimeters
  • Neckline (distance from shoulder to bust, to allow for a discreet neckline): 1 1/4 inches or 3.3 cm
  • Leg circumference at top of thigh: 3 3/4 inches or 9.5 cm
  • Arm circumference at top of upper arm: 2 1/4 inches or 5.7 cm
And last but not least, there’s the Tall Barbie from the Fashionistas line. These are her measurements:
  • Top of head to base of foot: 12 1/4 inches or 31 cm
  • Bust circumference: 5 inches or 12.5 cm
  • Waist circumference: 4 inches or 10 cm
  • Leg inseam (distance from crotch to bottom of heel): just under 6 inches or 15 cm exactly
  • Arm inseam (distance from the underarm to the wrist): not quite 3.5 inches or 8.3 cm exactly
  • Torso (distance from the shoulder close to the neck, down to the hip): 4 inches or 10 cm
  • Neckline (distance from shoulder to bust, to allow for a discreet neckline): 1 inch or 2.9 cm
  • Leg circumference at top of thigh: 3 inches or 7.6 cm
  • Arm circumference at top of upper arm: 1 3/4 inch or 4.4 cm
The thing I’ve noticed about Tall Barbie (from the Fashionista line) is that her torso is significantly longer than “normal” Barbie’s. By that I mean, when I’m designing a bodice for Tall Barbie (Fashionista) I have to make her princess seams longer and/or make the bodice longer from underarm to hip.
Also, her arm inseam is slightly longer than “normal” Barbie, and as one might expect, her leg inseam is longer. But it was the torso that threw me off when designing doll clothes for her.
The wedding dress pattern that I’ve recently posted for Tall Barbie on my website uses the same bodice pattern that my regular Barbie’s dress used, which gives this wedding dress a sort of pregnant look, like women wore in the Napoleonic era. (Google images of Josephine, first wife of Napoleon to see what I mean.) I believe we call this style of dress an “empire waist” dress because of the role Empress Josephine had in popularizing this fashion (empire => empress).
So it’s not bad to use a regular Barbie pattern when sewing a dress for Tall Barbie, but be prepared for the empire waist look, rather than a natural waist look in such a dress. To see what I mean, take a look at the photo at the top of this post. The Fashionista Tall Barbie (pictured in the middle) is wearing a purple felt top that was sewn using the exact same pattern as the white felt top worn by my Made-to-Move Barbie. Do you see how the purple top shows more of her belly? It’s almost more of a crop top. That’s what you’ll get if you sew a shirt for Tall Barbie using a pattern designed for a regular Barbie.

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4 thoughts on “#TallBarbie and Endless Hair #Barbie #dolls’ measurements

  1. I might be getting a tall Barbie soon so this is really useful for sewing outfits. Thanks so much!

  2. Hi,
    Thank you for your generous patterns, tutorials (especially videos) and explanations of the free patterns. I really appreciate your kindness! I have a question about doll dimensions: what is the diameter of the doll’s heads? I am looking to make (either sew or crochet) hats for the large Barbie dolls.

    Thank you again,

    1. Hi Mona. Endless Hair Kingdom 17″ Barbie has a head diameter of 7 3/4 inches. Tall Barbie and regular Barbie have heads that are based on the same face sculpt, I believe. But just to be safe (in case they are slightly different), I took a measurement of my Tall Barbie’s head diameter. Her head was 4 5/8 inches around.

      I hope that helps!

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