Sewing a pillbox hat for Barbie, using felt and Simplicity 7601 doll clothes patterns #amSewing #DollClothesPatterns

In a room with a turquoise blue, mottled wall and a white floor, we see a blond, curly-haired made-to-move Barbie modeling an outfit that is also pictured on the envelope of the Simplicity 7601 Barbie doll clothes pattern envelope, which the doll stands beside. The model doll's coat and pillbox hat are made of light purple felt. Her purse is made of deep purple sating. the outfit under her coat isn't entirely visible, but she's clearly wearing wide-leg pants of grey cotton or cotton polyester blend fabric and a pair of purple pumps. The logo appears under the Simplicity 7601 pattern envelope. On the envelope, the same pillbox hat and coat sets appear in a deep purple and a hot pink color, but these dolls' purses are clutch purses, whereas the doll who acts as a model, standing beside the envelope, carries a similar purse with a purple satin strap. Otherwise, the outfits pictured on the envelope are remarkably similar to the one the doll is wearing in the photo.
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You may have heard of the pillbox hat, but maybe you weren’t aware of what one is. Well, I believe it’s called a pillbox hat because it’s shaped… (I’m sure you’ve guessed) like a pill box!

For my pillbox hat, I used Simplicity 7601 Barbie doll clothes pattern. This is one I often recommend to people when they’re searching for an easy-to-sew coat pattern for Barbie. As you can see in the images above and below, the coat itself is pretty easy to make.

On a top image, we can see that someone has lain a doll's coat pattern over purple fabric. On the bottom image, they have added straight pins to hold the pattern in place. Each straight pin penetrates the pattern plus the fabric, with its straight pin tip emerging on the other side of the pattern. The line of straight pins goes all along the edges of the pattern, holding the pattern onto the fabric.
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I used plain old craft felt for both my coat and my hat, and although the little pillbox hat can be a little fiddley because it’s so small, it is truly one of the easiest Barbie hats to make.

You just cut out a circle for the top of the hat and a rectangle for the crown. There’s no brim at all. And if you’re using felt, you don’t even have to hem it.

Here we see the cut-out pieces for several Barbie doll clothes pieces: a jacket front, a jacket back, a hat top, and a hat's crown. The patterns lay over the top of the fabric, but they are held there by one straight pin each, with the straight pin inserted (in, then back out) once, in the center of the pattern, to hold the patterns to the garment pieces.
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The rectangle is sewn directly to the top of the hat (the circle piece), and when the two short sides of the rectangle meet up, you sew them together.

That’s it. You’re done!

Here we see a close-up of a Mattel Barbie's face. She's wearing a pillbox hat, made of felt, which was sewn using the Simplicity 7601 doll clothes pattern. This lovely Barbie has pale pink lipstick, what might be considered an olive complexion or perhaps a Mediterranean complexion, light brown eyes, and blond, curly hair. The pillbox hat rests gently over her curls, and the felt the hat is made from is a pale purple, almost lilac color. The hat is tipped slightly over her right eye. The coat she wears is barely seen in the image, but it too, is made of the lilac felt. The Chelly Wood dot com logo appears in the lower left corner.
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And frankly, I think the pillbox hat, simple though it is, gives Barbie a classy look that reminds me of Audrey Hepburn, Princess Grace, and Queen Elizabeth II.

For such a quick and easy hat, you can’t beat that!

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