The Pattern that Taught Me How to Alter Doll Clothes — Butterick’s Marie Osmond 6664 Wardrobe #DonnyAndMarie #MarieOsmond

A Barbie doll stands beside the Marie Osmond Butterick Barbie doll clothes pattern number 6664, wearing a dress that's very similar to the caftan (or kaftan) dress pictured on the pattern. This Barbie doll has a dark chocolate-colored complexion, jet black long straight hair, and bright pink lipstick. The caftan she wears is made of multi-colored polka dots on white cotton fabric. It has long sleeves and an elastic waistband. It has a boat neck style of neckline, and there's a tiny slit up the side of the dress, but the skirt itself is quite long -- reaching all the way to the white floor she stands on -- with very little flare to the skirt. The Chelly Wood dot com logo appears in one corner of the photograph.
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I learned to sew when I was very young (at age 3 I sewed a simple purse), but I credit the Butterick’s Personality Doll Wardrobe #6664 with teaching me how to alter my doll clothes patterns.

I had a Marie Osmond Barbie doll, and I loved to sew for her, but for whatever reason, this particular pattern offered doll clothes that were slightly too big for my Barbie dolls. The pant legs were a little too long; the shirt sleeves were a little too long, and the skirt for the long caftan dress was just a bit too long.

In the image below, I’ve actually hemmed it with a third fold, to make it the right length for a modern Barbie:

In this close-up of the Marie Osmond caftan or Kaftan style of dress from the Butterick 6664 pattern shows a slit at the side of the dress. The fabric is a white cotton with multi-colored polka dots in the colors royal blue, sky blue, purple, orange, pink, green, and yellow. The multicolored polka dots are very tiny. We can also see tiny pink shoes poking out under the skirt of the caftan dress.
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In retrospect, I thought maybe I hadn’t followed the seam allowance guidelines very well, since I was in my teens when I first bought this pattern, back in the early 1980’s. However I recently re-purchased an uncut version of the Butterick 6664 and discovered it was still true, even after all these years.

The patterns seemed just a wee bit too big for Barbie.

So perhaps the Marie Osmond Barbie doll was slightly bigger than most Barbies. I no longer have a Marie Osmond Barbie in my collection, so I can’t be sure. But I’d love to hear from anyone reading this who may own one. Is the Marie Osmond Barbie a little bigger than other vintage Barbie dolls?

Here we see a photo of the Marie Osmond 6664 "Butterick's Personality Doll Wardrobe" envelope and its photo of an actual Marie Osmond doll modeling a red western shirt with white front yokes and a pair of shiny black pants. The pattern options to the doll's right are showing a yellow jumper (in the USA sense of "jumper" -- a sleeveless dress which is sometimes worn over a shirt): a floor length caftan dress with ribbon ties at the sleeve and a waistband; a blue, V-neck long-sleeved shirt with cuffs and a waistband; a long-sleeved white shirt with a collar and cuffs; a purple evening dance dress with a zig-zag-cut skirt and a bodice with straps that tie at the shoulders; a short camel-colored caftan blouse with a waistband and ribbon ties at the sleeves' ends; a green flared ice skater's skirt; a green body suit with long sleeves and a turtle neck.
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Back in the 1980’s, I lived in a teeny-tiny town in Idaho — smaller than the one I live in now — and our so-called “fabric store” was more of a country mercantile, where you could buy paperback novels, school supplies, motor oil, and yes, fabric. (They had a drug store in there too!)

So I was just thrilled when they got new doll clothes patterns, and that’s where I bought my Butterick 6664 (the original one that I had.)

But the mercantile didn’t have any white fabric with tiny multi-colored polka dots, like the fabric shown on the pattern’s envelope. So now that I live near a bigger city in Idaho, I was able to find the perfect fabric for making the exact same caftan dress. I focused on trying to imitate the image on the pattern to the best of my ability, and I was pretty pleased with how it turned out:

In this photo, a Barbie doll models a caftan dress (also spelled Kaftan with a K instead of C). The doll holds her hands out away from her body, so we can see that the sleeves have a distinctive 1980's feel to them, with extra wide arm hole openings. The sleeves are gathered at the cuff. The fabric is white cotton with multi-colored teeny-tiny polka dots. It's a long dress, which has a boat neck and a very straight skirt. It's gathered at the waist with elastic.
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You’ll notice that I used elastic at the waist and at the sleeve cuffs. Back in the 1980’s, when I made this caftan dress for children in my local area, the kids who received the dress found it difficult to tie the little ribbon ties at the bottom of the sleeves.

So once again, I found myself making the same alteration: changing the ribbon ties to elastic cuffs.

This year at Christmas, I gave my caftan dress, as part of an ensemble of doll clothes for Barbies, to a family that has three young girls. Because one of the girls was only three, I also altered the pattern so that it used Velcro in the back instead of snaps.

In this segmented image, the top section shows the caftan pattern from Butterick's personality doll wardrobe pattern number 6664 with the pattern pinned to the polka dot fabric, but instead of cutting out the fabric along the edge of the back closure area, the sewist has extended the cut to be wide enough to host a strip of Velcro in the back. In the second portion of the segmented image, we see the sewist holding open the back closure, while the garment is being sewn. She has attached Velcro to the back closure area in the stage just before she sews the garment's side seams.
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And one last thing that might surprise you about the Butterick Personality Doll Wardrobe 6664… It includes patterns for the 30 inch tall Marie Osmond “modeling doll.” How cool is that?!!

Eventually I’d like to see if my Butterick 6664 BIG doll patterns will fit a 28 inch modern Barbie, but that discussion will have to wait for another day because I haven’t had a chance to test it out yet on this lovely lady…

In this photograph, a 28 inch Best Fashion Friend Barbie stands beside a shimmering lake with clouds reflected in the water. In the distance are hills and greenery near the lake's distant shore. Over the Barbie's head are the leaves of a tall tree. The 28 inch Barbie doll wears a handmade one piece swimsuit of white spandex material. It fits her snugly with straps and an athletic style like an Olympic swimmer might wear. Not shown in this image, the swimsuit has a pretty keyhole opening in the back.

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One thought on “The Pattern that Taught Me How to Alter Doll Clothes — Butterick’s Marie Osmond 6664 Wardrobe #DonnyAndMarie #MarieOsmond

  1. Thanks for the advice, I’ve bought this pattern too few days ago on EBay. These clothes seems to be “different” from the average ones. 🙂

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