Yes, this blog post gives you one more fashion option for your Curvy Barbie!
The outfit shown above was part of an ensemble I put together for a little girl I know. As you can see in the image below, I re-created the ruffle blouse from View 2 of this Simplicity Tressy doll clothes pattern 5731.
To give you a little history, I found this vintage Simplicity Tressy doll clothes pattern, at my local second hand store, and I’ve been enjoying making doll clothes with it. But I knew very little about Tressy when I bought the pattern.
Now some sources say that Tressy was an 11 and one-half inch fashion doll from the 1960’s, just like Mattel’s vintage Barbie dolls.
But other sources say that Tressy dolls were a 12 inch doll from the 1950’s. You can’t learn much about her size from the TV commercials, as you’ll see in the video below:
But her hair extensions were a lot like the ones the vintage Crissy dolls had, back in the 1970’s. And I love how they use the word “hootenanny” in that video! LOL!
Anyway, I was wondering whether or not the Simplicity Tressy patterns I’d found at a second-hand store would fit the 11 inch fashion dolls that are so popular today.
People who sew for Curvy Barbie are especially challenged when it comes to finding patterns that fit her, but as you can see in the image at the top of this blog post, the Tressy blouse DOES fit Curvy.
Now you might be wondering about the burgundy multi-colored mini-skirt pattern that was part of the ensemble, and that you see my Curvy Barbie wearing in the image at the top of this page. That skirt is one I’ve posted here before, and it’s one of my own, free patterns. Click here to find the pattern and tutorial for making that “bell” skirt.
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