If you’ve been sewing for dolls for very long, you’re probably aware that doll underpants patterns are hard to come by. Of course, I have free underpants patterns on this website, and my patterns will fit lots of dolls, including the 6 inch American Girl dolls, Skipper, Barbie, and many Barbie-sized dolls, in addition to my baby doll bloomers and 18″ doll underpants pattern. (Click on those links to find them.)
But today I’m showing you a vintage Barbie pattern that has a bunch of accessories, including a pattern for underpants, hat patterns, a swimsuit pattern, and the biggest surprise of all: a pattern for a pair of shoes for Ken!
The underpants double as bloomers for the nightgown shown on the front of the McCall’s doll clothes pattern #6420, as you can see here:
What’s really surprising about this old pattern, which is marked with a copyright for 1962, is the fact that it contains not just patterns for making the six outfits shown on the front, but also the six outfits shown on the back too!
Normally, the flip side of a pattern will come with instructions for making the outfits, like what type of fabric is suggested and how many yards of fabric (or ribbon or lace or whatever) you’ll need to make the outfits.
Here’s an example of what I mean… The pattern back below belongs to the Mattel Pattern #2896 that I posted images of some time ago. Click here to look back at that post.
Granted, that was also a vintage pattern, so there aren’t a lot of details given on the back of that doll clothes pattern either, but at least they tell us we’ll need 1/4 yard of fabric for most of the outfits.
I love the wording there, too: “Barbie has an outfit for every occasion: work or play, night or day.” How cute is that?
I just found it interesting that the McCall’s 6420 pattern didn’t have any guidelines on the package itself. In fact, it says, “For materials required, see enclosed easy sewing guide.” So you would have had to purchase the pattern first, open it up, and then go shopping for your fabric and notions. It seems a little awkward at best, but I wasn’t even born yet in 1962, so maybe shopping for sewing materials and patterns worked differently back then.
Finally, I’d like to conclude with the statement that although this set of patterns is packed with great accessories, it doesn’t come with a pattern for the clutch purse shown in view G:
I’m finding this to be true time and time again with doll clothes patterns. They will often display a purse that isn’t part of the pattern set. I have several doll clothes patterns that do this.
But thankfully, you can always make a clutch purse with the pattern found in the Barbie gallery, right here on ChellyWood.com!
Do any of you own doll clothes patterns that have a lot of great accessories, like shoes, hats, purses, bow ties, socks or stockings, and underwear? Feel free to let us know which ones in the comments.
And if any of you are wondering how to safely purchase the vintage McCall’s Pattern #6420 that I’m showing in this blog post, please look back at an earlier post about “Buying Used Patterns.”
Today’s blog post is a re-post. To understand why Chelly Wood is taking some time off, reposting older blog topics, revisit the end-of-March blog post entitled, “There’s a cat in my sewing room!”
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I think back then most would have just used scraps left from sewing other family outfits so knowing the fabric/notion info ahead of time wasn’t that important. I never bought new fabric for doll clothes It was either scraps or an old garment cut up to use the fabric that was still good.
I still use old garments that I’ve cut up and scraps that were given to me by sewists who had created clothes for themselves or other people. I’d guess half of my fabric collection — if not more — fall into this category.