Sewing Clothes for Barbie


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Before you begin 4 Projects In the park 6 Do-It-Yourself 12 Fairy 17 Time for tea? 22 Disco fever! 28 Fashion fun! 32 Sleep time 36 In the country 40 Superwoman! 44 At the beach 50 Princess 56 In the city 62 Keep moving! 68 Garden party 72 In the snow 76 At the theatre 82 A walk on the beach 86 Ready for work 92 Tying the knot 98 Vintage chic 104 On the red carpet 108 Bohemian chic 114 Mermaid 120 A night on the town! 124

About the Author

A graduate of the Duperre Applied Arts School in Paris, Annabel Benilan is a stylist and illustrator. After working as a costume designer, she created her own clothing brand and opened a clothes shop in Paris. She is the author of many books about dressmaking, fashion and illustration. Visit her website:


'If you have got one of the billion dolls that have been sold to date, and can handle a needle, you will love this book. The techniques included are easy to follow and outfits can be sewn by machine or by hand. It is a perfect book for any Barbie lover.'

-- Natasha Harding * The Sun *

A costume designer and author of many books about dressmaking, fashion and illustration, Annabel shares a collection of twenty-four stylish outfits for the well-dressed Barbie doll. Each outfit is beautifully presented and styled in full colour, with trace-off patterns, each colour-coded for the different types of Barbie doll. The outfits range from beach-wear through formal and informal day clothes to evening and wedding dresses. Small-scale clothes-making can be fiddly, but Annabel's comprehensive instructions simplify the process, ensuring success for sewers of all abilities. Barbie doll-lovers of all ages will adore this fun and inspiring book

* East Kent Embroiderer's Guild *

It's a beautiful book with inspiring pictures, ideas, fabrics.

-- Maggie Ali * Customer review *

Lovely fun book, lots of imaginative ideas with easy to follow instructions.

-- Ruth Pickford * Customer review *

This book is beautifully illustrated and easy to follow.

-- Diane Whale * Customer review *

A great book which will come in really useful for making some outfits.

-- Caroline Cumpstey * Customer review *

brilliant book, lots of colour pictures of the made-up grandaughter loves it.

-- Vivian Allman-Neal * Customer review *

This is a beautiful and inspiring book on sewing clothes for Barbie.

-- Nicola Kimpton * Customer review *

Patterns are great as you don't have to enlarge and they cover the new body shape Barbies.

-- Sharon Harris * Customer review *

Make a little girl's fashion wishes come true with this book of twenty-four outfits for Barbie. It doesn't matter which doll she has either, as the patterns are sized for original, petite, curvy and tall Barbies - just like real patterns! Save money on pricey premade outfits and be a green crafter by using up all those scraps from other projects.

I like the way the outfits run the gamut of styles from glamorous to everyday, with a bit of fantasy thrown in for fun. Barbie gets to dress up as a princess, super hero, mermaid and fairy as well as in a bikini and evening gown but she is also shown in a long boho summer outfit, trousers, jumper and woolly hat, and walking on the beach in her yellow mac. All the patterns are full sized and can easily be traced or photocopied if you don't own a scanner; some simple shapes such as rectangles are given as measurements and require a ruler. The projects consist of a page-sized photograph of Barbie wearing the outfit in situ, together with a list of what you need and written instructions with the type of simple drawn diagrams you see on patterns. If you are a beginner sewer this is not the best book to start with as it does not teach the basics, being just a book of patterns with instructions. You don't need much sewing knowledge to tackle these tiny garments but you certainly need to know how to use a sewing machine as well as cope with seams and hems, darts and do things like set wee sleeves. This is a well presented book that is easy to use and a lot of fun, as Barbie gets dressed up in her culottes to visit Paris, puts on her dungarees for a bit of DIY, tours a city in her smart coat and gets married. A fun way to use up scraps and make some presents that are sure to be appreciated by every Barbie fan.

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Perhaps you know a small girl with a Barbie doll? If so, here's a wardrobe of 24 outfits to make, from jeans to a wedding dress. Step-by-step diagrams and real-size patterns can be adapted for petite, curvy, tall or original Barbie. The techniques are simple and outfits can be sewn by hand or machine.

* Machine Knitting Monthly *

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