Saturday, November 21, 2020

Barbie Party Dress from 2.5" Wide Ribbon, Gathered Shoulder -How to Make

I'm always drawn to plaid, especially at the holidays! Here I'll share how to make this cute, gathered shoulder party dress for Barbie. My 2 1/2" wide wired ribbon came from Dollar Tree, it's the thin fabric type with shiny gold accents and wire in the edges. Barbie's dress only requires three 7.5" long pieces of ribbon, and of course any extra embellishments you have or would like... If using a plaid ribbon you may want to make sure you match the design on the two front pieces, there will be a seam down the center front of the dress. This is a little half hour project that can be created with any thin (kind of sheer) ribbon. Check your stash, you might not even need to leave the house...
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What I did (all seams are back stitched):
  1. Cut three approximate 7 1/2 long" pieces of ribbon, pull out wire if using wired ribbon.
  2. Lay two pieces of ribbon right sides together and sew hem 5 1/2" up from bottom of dress. Repeat for the other side of the dress. I sewed as close to the edge as possible. The center piece will be the back of the dress.
  3. Fold bottom of dress over about 1/2" and sew 1/4" hem.
  4. Fold the top of all three pieces over about 1/2" and sew hems. Make the hems wide enough to feed some yarn or ribbon through the hole.
  5. Fold dress right sides together and sew hem from bottom up about 4". I sewed as close to the edge as possible. This will be the center front of the dress.
  6. Feed a piece of yarn, or something else you can gather and tie, through the two hems on the two pieces of the front of the dress. Pull each side tight to gather dress, tie. This creates the shoulders.
  7. Then I took the yarn through the corner of the back of the dress on each side, tie tight.
  8. Decorate top or side of each shoulder with bows if desired.
  9. Decorate center front of dress with bow or other embellishment if desired.
  10. Pick out ribbon for belt, I used velcro to close the belt. A belt will be needed to give the dress some shape.
  11. Dress doll, adjust dress and enjoy the party!
  12. Note: This dress will either slip up over the doll's hips or pull over her head, depending on the doll you use. Option to help make dressing easier: Don't sew one shoulder closed. Use a snap or small piece of velcro.
  13. Fits standard, belly button type Barbie's. But if you use a snap it will fit most Barbie dolls.
Barbie's Wreath = After Christmas clearance earrings.

Make something just for fun and have a happy day😎

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