Based on the image above, it certainly does look like a Vintage Barbie CAN wear vintage Tressy doll clothes patterns!
I blogged about this outfit a bit last week, and I mentioned that this was part of an ensemble I put together for a little girl from my area whose family knows me. As you can see in the image below, I re-created the dress and blouse combination in view 2 from this Simplicity Tressy doll clothes pattern 5731.
Last week’s blog post focused on the “frilly” blouse from this vintage Simplicity Tressy doll clothes pattern number 5731, and in that blog post, we discovered that the blouse was a bit too bulky when worn by a modern Made-to-Move Barbie.
There’s some bulkiness to the back closure area on my vintage Barbie too, but since I used Velcro as a closure, I think it worked out well anyway.
The little girl who would receive these doll clothes was only four years old. With someone so young, I really think Velcro is the preferred method of closure. Little girls that age can struggle to make more traditional snap closures work right.
Once I had sewn the Velcro on my blouse, I thought, “Oh no! what if the jumper dress (in the USA sense, not the UK sense) doesn’t close in the back?” because as you might imagine, if the original pattern calls for snaps, you may run into fitting issues if you use something else, especially for a layered outfit like this one is.
So I was truly pleased to discover that the vintage Simplicity 5731 jumper dress really looks sharp on my vintage Barbie, as you’ll see in the image below:
I’m not trying to brag here, but isn’t that just the cutest little outfit? I love it! And it really does look a lot like the image on the pattern’s envelope, wouldn’t you say?
And remember how I was originally considering using orange with this ensemble?
I’m glad I switched to white for that blouse. It really would have looked wonky to have made my lace-trimmed blouse out of orange, I think. Take a look:
White is just such a versatile color! It goes with everything!
And you’d be surprised, when a child asks me to make them some doll clothes, how often I hear the request, “Can you just make me a plain white shirt?”
That’s because even little girls as young as four years old know that no matter what you pair it with — shorts, skirts, jeans, pants, or jumper dresses — white will go with just about everything.
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It is a cute outfit. I remember as a child that my cousin had Barbie and I had Tressy. I only had one genuine Tressy outfit and can’t remember if we ever put it on her Barbie. I did try Barbie outfits on Tressy and they fit but they didn’t look as good a fit on her as on Barbie. Barbie’s shoes definitely did not fit Tressy which was really annoying. Even today I have a hard time finding shoes that fit her.
How long is Tressy’s foot in millimeters? I have a large collection of fashion doll shoes, and I may be able to find some that do fit her among my shoes. That way you’ll know which doll brands can swap shoes with her, and maybe you can buy her some extra shoes on eBay or something.
I’ll have to measure her foot but from memory her foot is wider than Barbie’s but about the same length.
these outfits are beautiful! You are really great! Thank you for all you do. GOD BLESS you.
Thank YOU for your kind comments, Jeretta.