Sunday, September 4, 2022

Lounge Dress or Long Sleeve Nightgown for Barbie -Free Pattern

This Lounge Dress or Nightgown for Barbie can be as formal or casual as you'd like to make it. Our model is feeling rather regal and very feminine in this paisley fabric with gold trim:@) I used a cotton fat quarter, this would be a great doll nightgown recycling/repurposing some of your girl's old well worn soft PJ's. I purposely made this fairly easy and very basic, hoping kids might be able to give it a try if they are interested in sewing. And figuring an adult can whip one up within 30 minutes. Only one pattern piece and I used a combination of sewn hems and glued hems. The gown I made falls mid-calf, the pattern is for floor length, simply shorten as desired. 

The outfit is loose and roomy,
it fits standard and curvy Barbie.

The pattern:
Please note, I am not a seamstress or proper pattern maker.
I am a crafter😉
This is the pattern I used for the dress pictured.
I drew it on an 8.5 x 11" piece of paper, pattern is 11" long.

✂What I did, approximately 1/4" seams, backstitching at beginning and end:
  1. Fold fabric and cut the pattern twice (four pieces of dress total).
  2. Create neck, sleeve and bottom hems. I folded the edges over about 1/4" and glued all of them down with Aleene's Turbo Tacky Glue, allow it to dry. Liquid Stitch would work too. Or you could sew the hems.
  3. Place two pieces right side together, creating one half of the dress. Sew from bottom, up under arm, and down the length of the sleeve. Carefully add little snips to the curved part under the arm, don't cut seam.
  4. Sew the outside of the sleeve up to the neck line. 
  5. Repeat steps 3 & 4 for the other side of the dress.
  6. Turn sleeves to the right side. I used a crochet hook to help.
  7. Right sides together, sew the front of dress, bottom up, leaving about 1" open at the neckline.
  8. I did take the time to press this front seam open with an iron.
  9. Finish the front by creasing with fingernail creating a clean fold up to the neck on each side. Glue closed.
  10. Right sides together, being careful to push the sleeves out of the way, sew the back of the dress. Bottom up, leaving about 2 1/2" open up to neckline.
  11. Finish the back by creasing with finger nail creating a clean fold up the neck on each side. Glue closed.
  12. Add either velcro, a snap or some other kind of closure up at the neck. 
  13. Optional: Any kind of fun sewing trim you have for decoration. My gold is glued on. Best tip: Always start gluing the trim in the front center, which you see the most. Then work around to the back.
  14. Dress doll, make a soothing drink, and ~relax~😎
How to make hot chocolate or fancy coffee
from toothpaste cap and hot glue here.

✂Make something just for fun and have a happy day!

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  1. She does look quite regal in that elegant gown and up-do! Hope you've had a nice weekend.

  2. Love this idea! I have so many scraps that I could use.


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