Butterick’s Personality Doll Wardrobe 6664 — making alterations to the tunic for a whole new look #Sewing #DollClothesPatterns

A black Barbie with pink lips, a dark chocolate complexion, and straight black hair, models a pink tunic made of jersey fabric over a pair of wide-leg grey cotton trousers or pants. A tiny pink shoe peeks out from under her grey pants. The tunic she wears has multicolored large circles on it, but it's more like decorative spots than true polka dots. The tunic has a boat neck and the sleeves gather at the wrists. The ChellyWood.com logo appears in the lower left corner.
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I recently began to follow The Fold Line, a YouTube channel that takes a look at people-sized sewing patterns that are making waves in the fashion industry, and I feel like I’m a little more savvy about what’s in fashion since I’ve begun to watch these videos.

In her “Sew Trends Autumn” video, Kate takes us along on a window-shopping spree at Covent Gardens and describes what the fashion trends will be for the fall season of 2022. It was this tour that inspired my chunky tunic with big-leg pants, which I’m featuring in this “Vintage Pattern Spotlight,” for my Monday blog post.

Thank you, Kate at The Fold Line, for giving me some great fashion trend inspiration!

A while back, I ordered a like-new, uncut Butterick’s Personality Doll Wardrobe 6664 (Marie Osmond Barbie) doll clothes sewing pattern from the eBay store CreativeJH, and I was super pleased with my purchase! And it’s this pattern that I used to create my Fold-Line-esque trendy fall outfit for Barbie.

Here we see a close-up look at Butterick's Personality Doll Wardrobe. On the left of the artist's sketches of the different doll clothes items offered in this pattern envelope, there's a Marie Osmond Barbie doll wearing a red western shirt with white buttons and a white yoke. Her pants are made of shiny black fabric, and the doll holds a microphone as if performing. The outfits shown in this pattern set include a yellow "jumper" style dress (in the American sense); a multi-colored polka dot tunic-like long dress; a V-neck, long-sleeved dress which appears to be made of blue jersey fabric with white around the neckline, the cuffs, and the waist; a white long-sleeved shirt with a collar; a purple evening gown with a heart-shaped bodice and a zigzag skirt; a shorter tunic-style shirt that gathers at the waist and sleeves; a green mini skirt that flares like a cheerleader or ice skater might wear; a body suit with a turtleneck collar and long sleeves.
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I owned this pattern as a teenage girl, and I used to love dressing my Marie Osmond Barbie-sized doll as a child. So I was super excited to find this old pattern completely uncut. (On a side note, the eBay store CreativeJH, currently has a Nascar Barbie for sale, for a very reasonable price, and she’s an NRFB!)

Okay, but back to my Butterick’s Personality Doll Wardrobe 6664. As I’ve said, I owned this pattern in my teen years, so I remembered some of the nuances of this particular pattern. For one thing, the tunic seemed a little too short if you used a double-fold hem at the bottom, and the sleeves didn’t tie with ribbons very easily.

So I remembered altering this tunic pattern (View A), even as a very young sewist.

This segmented graphic shows four images surrounding the words "pattern alteration" with an exclamation point. The image in the upper left corner is a close-up of the handmade pants worn by Barbie in the blog post's various photos. They are wide-leg pants, like those that were popular in the 1970's, and they're made of grey cotton. The image in the lower left shows a woman's hand holding up a bell-bottom pants pattern that has been slightly altered to form wide-leg pants. The image in the upper right corner shows the tunic from View A in the Butterick's Personality Doll Wardrobe 6664, and it appears to be made of yellow or tan rough fabric, like a course linen or a sweater fabric. Below this, the doll (a Black Barbie) models a pink version of the tunic, with its elastic waist and side slits. The sleeves are not tied at the wrist (although the drawing on the pattern envelope shows them with little ribbons tied at the wrists), but instead, doll clothing designer has created an elastic casing to gather the sleeves around the doll's wrists. This fabric is a pink jersey fabric with large spots (like polka dots, but larger than that). It contrasts nicely against the grey pants.
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As I’d done many years go, I lengthened the sleeves to create a casing at the doll’s wrists. This allows you to secure the cuff areas with elastic instead of tying them with ribbons.

I also lengthened the bodice, to create a double-fold hem along the bottom. I remember doing this back in high school and finding the whole tunic pattern much more pleasant to work with afterward. It gives you more room to create the elastic gathers at the waist as well.

You may also have noticed that my Barbie’s pants aren’t the same peg-legged pants that the Marie Osmond doll is wearing on the pattern envelope for Butterick’s Personality Doll Wardrobe 6664. Those are actually made from my very own bell-bottom pants pattern, but I’ve altered them to have a fuller look.

A Black Barbie wears a pair of handmade wide-leg pants and a tunic with long sleeves. Learn more about how to alter Buttericks personality doll wardrobe 6664 for Marie osmond dolls to create this outfit or one like it by visiting Chelly Wood dot com (a free doll clothes pattern sewing website).
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In my high school days, we would have called these wide-leg pants.

Here’s what the original bell-bottom pants would have looked like before making any alterations, and you can download this pattern using this link:

Image shows Mattel's Tall Barbie from the Fashionista line wearing a pair of hand-made bell bottom jeans (boot cut jeans) with a tie dye shirt. She poses in front of a painting of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris (a facsimile of the famous painting by Monet), and she stands beside a wicker papasan chair with a handmade gray and pink cushion that has been upholstered with 1:6 scale buttons. The Tall Barbie's expression looks cheerful and spontaneous, like someone took the photo unexpectedly.
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But yes, I made a significant alteration to my own bell-bottom pants to create that wide-leg look.

If you’d like to learn how to alter (in other words, make changes to) the patterns you already own, my Creative Spark class, “How to Alter Doll Clothes Patterns” may be just what you need to make your commercially designed patterns into the patterns you see in your imagination.

In this photo, Chelly Wood, the doll clothing designer, YouTuber, and writer, holds up one of her pants patterns which has been cut out using an alteration that created a wide-leg pant instead of a bell-bottom pant. The Chelly Wood dot com logo appears in the lower left corner of the image.
Please visit ChellyWood.com for free printable PDF sewing patterns and tutorial videos for making doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes.

Are you worried that you won’t have time to take a course in doll clothes pattern alteration? You’ll be happy to learn that, for any class on Creative Spark, you don’t have to follow a schedule. Just sign up when you’re ready.

It’s a one-time fee for the course, and there’s no specific time limit to finish your course. You can just take your time and learn at the pace that suits you. So please go have a look at my paid courses on Creative Spark, using this link.

Most of the commercial patterns I display and talk about here on ChellyWood.com are also available for sale on eBay. However, if you’ve never purchased a pattern on eBay before, it’s a good idea to read the article I wrote called, “Tips for Buying Used Doll Clothes Patterns on eBay.” It will save you time, money, and will likely prevent buyer’s remorse.

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