Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Advance 9938: Summer in the Sun for Barbie

A couple of weeks ago, my Mother in Law brought over a bag full of fabric. Mostly small pieces, and a lot of them small prints and solids! Just was Dr. Barbie ordered!
I had to start out with the fresh floral print. Large scale florals are big this spring, and I think Barbie (or Evanora in this case) wears it exceptionally well.
The pattern for this sundress is Advance 9938, a Barbie/Mattel licensed pattern from the 60s. I really like this pattern! I have made a couple of other pieces from it, and they all fit extremely well.
I made a few very minor changes. The pattern calls for straps, which I omitted. The fit is close enough that the dress stays up fine on its own. I also added some lace to the bodice and ribbon at the waistline. The pattern calls for a petticoat to be added under the skirt, but this cotton has plenty of body, so I skipped it.
In back, there are snap closures with decorative buttons or beads. With a design this fitted, I find snaps are more secure than velcro. There are two tiny snaps with green buttons to pick up the green in the print. I love the effect.
I really love this whole look. I totally sewed it on a whim, and I'm so glad I did. It's perfect for Evie!

7 comments:

  1. This is so pretty - I want one for myself!

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  2. Beautiful dress and Evanora did a gorgeous photo shoot.

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  3. very cute and I agree with Lori--I like the outdoors-in-the-tulips pix!!

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  4. Hey!, this is perfect for Rhonda!!!!!
    Fabulous!

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  5. She's so fab! The little green buttons are perfect with the print.

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  6. Great print! Love the pendant!

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  7. Gorgeous dress for Barbie! My nine year old daughter started on a tunic for her 18" doll last night. It's a great way to use up scraps.

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