Overlock or zig-zag stitch over the edge and then topstitch it in place.
I loved all those ruffles, but a doll is not worth that much effort to me.
Sew and overlock or zig-zag the raw edge and topstitch in place on the bodice about 1/8" above the skirt. Make a button placket to cover the opening.
I totstitched all the way around the edge of the bodice.
I topstitched all the way around and hemmed the ends, too.Make the side ties by sewing right sides together, flipping, and pressing neatly. Attach the straps to the back pieces the same way. Sew about 1/8" or less from each side to attach the ruffle and topstitch. To make the straps, press the fabric like you are making double-fold bias tape.
I left a little extra room on the ends in this pic, but the ends of the ruffles should be about 3/8" from the edge of the strap.
I sewed a long, gathering stitch along the bottom edge.
I used a rolled hem edge on the ruffles, so if you don't have a serger, you can cut them a bit wider and do a small folded hem instead.
I made a pattern for you (again, this is for personal, non-commercial use only and don't sell this pattern, please and thank you). Stand the doll in the tube of the toilet paper roll. Thanks so much for the patterns and instructions.
I got the pattern and instructions from here. Thank you for sharing this easy pattern!!!
Also look in the clearance bin at your local craft and fabric stores.
I love that you were able to take two pieces of fabric and make a gorgeous dress using scrap fabrics. So easy for a little girl to put on her doll!
This is a very simple pattern and works up in a couple of hours doing it all by hand. Just for a reference it was one of the first ones made.
I am very popular with my daughters right now!
Very easy can’t wait for my granddaughter to try it out and sew it.
I wish you could send me brownies too, lol!
Thank you for sharing what you’ve learned!
He works really hard to earn money to buy new dolls.
I can mend things but struggle to actually make anything.
I just finished my first dress, and we are both pleased with it.
I wanted to start making clothes for her. They seem so easy that even a non-sewer like myself can feel confidant!
Great tutorial and very nice finished product. Barbies are finally clothed in cute and classy dresses!
Thank you for the tutorial, the dresses are very straightforward to make, but the results are very cute!
Barbie pattern for the veil but it is 2 circles).
Everything folds up and fits in a large shirt box. Anyway thanks for the help, it is a lot of fun and my granddaughters are so excited.
I have made so many dresses so far and even a wedding dress and 3 bridesmaids dresses.
I put a photo on the flickr group for you. And another reminder to learn how to use the serger which was handed down to me!
I made barbie clothes when our daughter was young…she is now 36!
Thank you again for sharing these awsome patterns and ideas!
Totally can’t wait to get started and make this!
They were hard to make and didn’t turn out that great.
I made my first dress this weekend and can already feel the addiction coming on.
I actually hid the screen when my daughter walked by!!!
Doll Dress Pic
We’re glad to have some modest and super-cute clothes on those dolls!
Your directions with pictures were wonderful—made sewing them very easy. My daughter will be so happy, thank you!!
Everything she comes with now looks so trashy most of the time!
My fingers have never felt fatter or more clumsy!
Anyway, these will be quick and easy to make, and easy for my girls to put on the dolls. Now she is saving them in hopes that one day she will have a daughter to hand them down to later.
I think the strapless version of the polka dot one is far cuter.
I absolutely adored barbies as a child and my grandma would make my barbies all these great clothes. As usual, let me know if you have any questions!
Here’s a version with a ribbon belt and matching straps. Now sew those pieces together with about 1/2 inch seam. Sew a basting stitch (longest straight stitch on your machine) along the top of your skirt piece, and pull the top thread to gather. Sew along the pins for the darts…back stitch a few stitches start and finish so they don’t come out!