Barbie Strapless Dress - (old version, 2009)
Click here for newer version which I think is better
Barbie_strapless_printable - pdf format
It's just one pattern piece with 1/4 inch hems included! Use a gathered rectangle for the skirt.
Cut two pieces, put them right sides together. Stitch 1/4" from the top and sides, clip the corners and turn, then stitch the darts.
(Or, for a smoother interior, stitch the darts on both pieces first, then sew the two pieces together.)
A rectangle for the skirt... leaving a bit on each side to fold over and hem. Then add velcro on the back.
That's as done as this test model is gonna get.
Another test model, with really elegant zigzag hem finishing... turned the wrong way too, in my haste. You know you can do better than that :-)
I was trying to make sure it would fit all three Barbie shapes, the classic 1966, 1999 and 2006,
and it does.
There it is on the 1966.
That's my old sewing machine. It's a Singer made in Mexico in the eighties. The foot was pressing so hard it was impossible to sew, and it wasn't adjustable, so I ripped the springs off and put rubber bands on there instead. Now it presses about right and the tension is good. I ripped off everything electric and strapped it to a treadle base. After doing that much modification to a thing it's hard to hate it.