Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Barbie Santa Maxi Dress from $1 Wine Bag -Quick Craft

I have to say, I don't think a $1 wine bag ever looked so cute:@) Dollar Tree just stocked up on wine bags for Christmas, and this Santa dress for Barbie is actually a pretty easy craft. Especially the way I made it... The key is to fit it to your doll. I used Curvy Barbie this time. I started with a rectangle of fabric and just wrapped it around the doll, folded it together in back, and trimmed as I went.

~Santa Baby...
I'll wait up for you dear...
Side note: This is my absolute favorite Barbie face!
Love everything from the strawberry blonde hair color, 
to the freckles, to the more muted make-up colors.
She has a 'girl next door' quality that's very nice.

What I did:
  1. Cut belt off as close to the side seams as possible. Set aside.
  2. Remove gold ribbon. Cut bottom seam off of wine bag, and straight up the middle of the back. Open flat, white strip at center front and white trim will be on the bottom.
  3. Making bottom edge of pattern even with bottom edge of fabric (not the fur that sticks down), cut one pattern piece.
  4. Wrap around doll. Fold the top down inside the dress about 1/2" or a little more, cover the chest, and wrap under arms. Add a dab of hot glue to inside to hold fold in place if desired (or tack down with needle and thread). 
  5. Turn right sides together and sew 1/4" seam up back to above hips. Curve the seam in a bit as you get towards the butt area. Trim excess fabric.
  6. Fold each side of bodice inward. This is a stretchy fabric folks, fold it enough that it fits the doll snugly. I folded mine a good 1/2". *Have your doll handy for fittings... Sew a strip velcro to each side for closure. ~Double check your velcro placement before sewing... Ya want to learn from my mistake, double checking is a good idea😉
  7. Hot glue velcro to each end of belt so it fits snugly around waist.
  8. Dress doll ~wa-la~ one Santa party dress.
A pic of the back:
Please note, I just threw this together quickly.
You can trim the back more so it's less bulky.
You can add darts and hems and make it more fitted...
It's your dress, make it as detailed as you'd like.
I was most interested in the look from the front.

And there you have it!
Not haute couture folks, 
just a 30 minute craft 
that will add to a girl's Christmas memories😎

🎄Make something just for fun and have a Happy Holiday🎅

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