Please take a close look at View 2 in the Simplicity Tressy doll clothes pattern #5731, in the image above. I was very curious about this frilly little blouse that the doll is wearing in View 2, and I especially wondered if Tressy (a 12 inch doll made by American Character, Inc.) could clothing swap with my Made-to-Move Barbies.
So to nobody’s surprise, I sewed an outfit like the one shown in View 2 in the Simplicity Tressy doll pattern 5731!
It was part of an ensemble I put together for a little girl. Look back at this earlier blog post to get the whole story behind this doll clothes wardrobe:
Anyway, I absolutely adore the little white cotton blouse with its 3/4 length sleeves, its ruffles at the ends of each sleeve, and the ruffle front. I wanted to look through the pattern’s directions and really see how they created all the frills on the shirt.
I was a little disappointed to find that the pattern’s written directions recommended adding pre-made ruffles (as lace trim or eyelet trim), rather than providing a ruffle pattern for the garment. But I decided to follow the instructions as they were written (more or less), and this is what I came up with:
Granted, it doesn’t look nearly as frilly as the image in View 2 on the pattern, but it still looked very pretty on my Made-to-Move Barbie.
The skirt in these photos was made using my simple short “bell” skirt pattern for Barbie and Queens of Africa dolls. This is a super easy skirt to make!
But let’s take a closer look at the details that make the pattern seem “frilly”…
By adding lace without a ruffle, it really changes the look of the blouse altogether I think. Let’s look again at how View 2 looks on the pattern’s artwork and compare it to these images:
Does my shirt look as frilly as the image on the cover art for Simplicity Tressy doll clothes pattern #5731? Not really. I think, to make it look really ruffled, I’d have to create a true ruffle from the white cotton fabric, or some lighter weight white fabric. Of course that would take more time than just adding some pre-made lace trim.
The other thing I want you to notice is the fit.
I don’t own an American Character Inc. Tressy doll, but I’m guessing she’s a lot curvier than my Made to Move Barbie because when you look at the outfit from a distance, it does make MTM Barbie look just a wee bit curvier than she would normally seem:
My mother is no longer living, but she would have used the word “frumpy” to describe the way this blouse fits Made-to-Move Barbie.
So to answer my own question, “Can Tressy doll clothes fit Made-to-Move Barbie dolls?” the answer is yes, but they aren’t going to fit her with tailor-made style.
Regardless of this, it was really fun to sew the little “ruffle-trimmed” blouse from Simplicity Tressy doll clothes pattern #5731, and I’m sure the little girl who receives this blouse will truly enjoy the frilly appearance of the lace trim, as well as the versatility of having a plain white shirt that will mix-and-match with just about anything!
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