Today’s project was part of my adventure in sewing some of my vintage patterns, in combination with some of my own patterns.
You’ll remember that I made this adorable ensemble for a little girl who lives in my area:
See those Bermuda shorts in the foreground? They came from my Simplicity 7928 pattern, from my collection of old doll clothes patterns.
Over the years, I’ve found that I can learn a lot by sewing other people’s patterns, so when I decided to put together this gift wardrobe for Barbie, I wanted to mix and match some of my own patterns with some of the cute patterns I already owned.
The Bermuda shorts come from Simplicity 7928, but they didn’t actually come with a pocket. That’s something I added later, and I’ll tell you a little more about how I added a pocket in tomorrow’s blog post.
But you’ll probably recognize the tank top as one of my own patterns, when you look at the image below:
Yep, it’s my reversible tank top pattern for modern Barbie dolls. Click here for a link to the page that offers that free, printable PDF sewing pattern, as shown below:
As I’ve said in previous posts, a lot of my vintage patterns were designed to fit vintage Barbies. As you’ll see below, the Bermuda shorts from Simplicity 7928 fit my vintage Barbie just fine:
Unfortunately, she doesn’t fit as well in my reversible tank top. At least, not if you use Velcro for a closure anyway, like I did with my burgundy tank top.
But as you can see below, if you use size 4/0 snaps, the tank top pattern that’s free on my website will even fit a Vintage Barbie too:
Now, if you wanted to lengthen my polka dot shorts to fit more like a pair of Bermuda shorts, that’s actually something I teach my students, during my Creative Spark class, on the topic of doll clothes pattern alterations.
But I’ll dive more into pattern alterations with tomorrow’s post on adding a pocket!
Meanwhile, here’s a closer look at what vintage Simplicity Barbie doll clothes pattern 7928 has to offer:
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