Based on the photo you see above, which shows my Curvy Made-to-Move Barbie wearing the raglan-sleeved blouse from View 3 in Simplicity Barbie doll clothes pattern 8281 from the early 1980’s, you would think Curvy Barbies could wear all of the patterns from this set.
But it may not be wise to make assumptions about this vintage pattern just yet. The pattern was originally designed to fit a vintage Barbie from the time, and as you can see in the image below, the raglan-sleeved blouse from Simplicity 8281 fits a vintage Barbie to perfection:
The skirt both dolls are wearing is one of my own designs, of course. (Click here for that pattern and tutorial video.) You’ll recognize it from all the different blog posts I’ve been doing about the ensemble shown below:
Well I’ve discovered that the raglan sleeve blouse from View 3 of Simplicity vintage doll clothes pattern #8281 does fit a regular modern-day Barbie, although as you can see in the image below, the darts don’t quite match her bustline:
But does it fit my Made-to-Move Curvy? I’m afraid not. When you flip her around to the back, you can see that the Velcro didn’t quite close when I tried it on her:
That’s just a Made-to-Move Curvy Barbie though… Will the Simplicity 8281 pattern fit my regular Curvy Barbie?
Once again, I’m afraid the answer is no:
Although in this image, you can see that it fits regular Curvy Barbie with just a little bit more room. It’s possible that snaps may be a better option than Velcro.
The best solution, though, is to make a gusset. If you’re not familiar with gussets, it’s one of the features I teach in my class, “How to Alter Doll Clothes Patterns.” Have a look at the video below to learn more.
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