Can a Curvy Barbie wear Tressy doll clothes? #DollClothesPatterns #SewVintage

In this photo, a Curvy Made-to-Move Barbie with pink straight hair and olive complexion models a white cotton blouse with lace collar, lace trim at the bottom of 3/4 length sleeves, and a ribbon placket running down the front of the blouse. The ribbon placket is also trimmed in lace running down the left and right sides of the ribbon. The skirt Curvy Barbie wears is a multi-colored cotton skirt which is quite short and comes to mid-thigh. Its primary color is burgundy in the background behind swirling prints of orange, pink, white, and maroon. The logo sits in the lower-right corner of the photo.
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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.

The image shows a close photo of Simplicity Tressy Doll Clothes Pattern 5731 (Copyright 1964). The doll clothes patterns offered in this pattern set include a long green ball gown with 1960's bodice style; a knife pleated skirt with a 3/4 length sleeve shirt; a pajama; a pair of pedal pusher pants with a 3/4 length sleeve shirt; a ruffled blouse with an American style jumper; a V-neck dress that goes above the knee; a swing coat with 3/4 length sleeves.
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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.

Unfortunately, the jumper in the Tressy Simplicity Pattern 5731 envelope does NOT fit Curvy, although it does fit vintage Barbie, as I noted in last Monday’s blog post:

In this photo, we see a vintage Barbie with dark brown hair pulled back into a pony tail. She also has bangs (fringes). She models a pink and multi-colored polka dot jumper-style dress with a white blouse underneath. In this side-view photo, you can tell that the sleeves have cutwork lace trim and the top of the blouse also has some sort of lace trim.
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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.

The image shows a laundry line of fashion doll clothes. The text over the top of the laundry line says, "A new Curvy Barbie option!" The logo appears in the lower left corner of the image. On the laundry line, we see (left to right) a long skirt with burgundy floral print over white cotton fabric; a pink blouse with raglan sleeves; a burgundy colored tank top; a pink jumper with multicolored spots; a short skirt with a swirl pattern in the colors burgundy, maroon, orange, white, and pink; a white blouse with lace trim; a pair of burgundy Bermuda shorts. These doll clothes are part of a fashion doll clothes ensemble. They hang from the black laundry line by tiny hangers.
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2 thoughts on “Can a Curvy Barbie wear Tressy doll clothes? #DollClothesPatterns #SewVintage

  1. Hi Chelly,
    Thank you. I only have 18inch AG dolls, Madame Alexander and Gotz tall standing doll.

    1. It has been about a year since I posted anything new for 18 inch dolls, I think. I’m about due to make some more. We shall see if I have time this summer to design something for them!

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