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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 03 October 2017
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782215974
  • Carton Qty: 30
  • Size: 195x225 mm
  • Illustrations: 450
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $17.95
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Sewing Clothes for Barbie


24 stylish outfits for fashion dolls by Annabel Benilan

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Book Description

Sew Barbie this cute wardrobe of 24 stylish outfits. Sew clothes for every day: for a picnic in the country, for skiing, for the beach or for DIY. Or create outfits for special occasions, such as a cocktail dress, wedding dress or a formal dress for the theatre. And why not dip into the dressing-up box with fairy, mermaid and superwoman costumes? 

Sew Barbie this cute wardrobe of 24 stylish outfits. Sew clothes for every day: jeans and a tie-waist shirt for a picnic in the country, a fleecy jumper and trousers for skiing, a bikini, towel and sunhat for the beach or dungarees for DIY. Or create outfits for special occasions, such as a floral cocktail dress, A-line wedding dress or a formal lacy dress for the theatre. And why not dip into the dressing-up box with fairy, mermaid and superwoman costumes? The detailed explanations are accompanied by step-by-step diagrams and real-size patterns, which can be adapted for petite, curvy, tall or original Barbie. The techniques used are simple and the outfits can be sewn by hand or on the machine. These are ideal projects for upcycling old clothes or making use of scraps of fabric from your stash.

Table of Contents

Before you begin 4
In the park 6
Do-It-Yourself 12
Fairy 17
Time for tea? 22
Disco fever! 28
Fashion fun! 32
Sleep time 36
In the country 40
Superwoman! 44
At the beach 50
Princess 56
In the city 62
Keep moving! 68
Garden party 72
In the snow 76
At the theatre 82
A walk on the beach 86
Ready for work 92
Tying the knot 98
Vintage chic 104
On the red carpet 108
Bohemian chic 114
Mermaid 120
A night on the town! 124

About the Author

About Annabel Benilan

A graduate of the Duperré Applied Arts School in Paris, Annabel Benilan is a stylist and illustrator. After working as a costume designer, she created her own clothing brand and opened a clothes shop in Paris. She is the author of many books about dressmaking, fashion and illustration. Visit her website at:


Machine Knitting Monthly

Perhaps you know a small girl with a Barbie doll? If so, here's a wardrobe of 24 outfits to make, from jeans to a wedding dress. Step-by-step diagrams and real-size patterns can be adapted for petite, curvy, tall or original Barbie. The techniques are simple and outfits can be sewn by hand or machine.

Customer review

A great book which will come in really useful for making some outfits.

Customer review

brilliant book, lots of colour pictures of the made-up itemsmy grandaughter loves it.

Customer review

It's a beautiful book with inspiring pictures, ideas, fabrics.

Customer review

Lovely fun book, lots of imaginative ideas with easy to follow instructions.

Customer review

Patterns are great as you don't have to enlarge and they cover the new body shape Barbies.

Customer review

This book is beautifully illustrated and easy to follow.

Customer review

This is a beautiful and inspiring book on sewing clothes for Barbie.

The Sun - March 2018

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The Sun

'If you have got one of the billion dolls that have been sold to date, and can handle a needle, you will love this book. The techniques included are easy to follow and outfits can be sewn by machine or by hand. It is a perfect book for any Barbie lover.'

Make a little girls fashion wishes come true with this book of twenty-four outfits for Barbie.  It doesnt matter which doll she has either, as the patterns are sized for original, petite, curvy and tall Barbies just like real patterns!  Save money on pricey premade outfits and be a green crafter by using up all those scraps from other projects.


I like the way the outfits run the gamut of styles from glamorous to everyday, with a bit of fantasy thrown in for fun.  Barbie gets to dress up as a princess, super hero, mermaid and fairy as well as in a bikini and evening gown but she is also shown in a long boho summer outfit, trousers, jumper and woolly hat, and walking on the beach in her yellow mac.  All the patterns are full sized and can easily be traced or photocopied if you dont own a scanner; some simple shapes such as rectangles are given as measurements and require a ruler.  The projects consist of a page-sized photograph of Barbie wearing the outfit in situ, together with a list of what you need and written instructions with the type of simple drawn diagrams you see on patterns.  If you are a beginner sewer this is not the best book to start with as it does not teach the basics, being just a book of patterns with instructions.  You dont need much sewing knowledge to tackle these tiny garments but you certainly need to know how to use a sewing machine as well as cope with seams and hems, darts and do things like set wee sleeves.  This is a well presented book that is easy to use and a lot of fun, as Barbie gets dressed up in her culottes to visit Paris, puts on her dungarees for a bit of DIY, tours a city in her smart coat and gets married.  A fun way to use up scraps and make some presents that are sure to be appreciated by every Barbie fan.

East Kent Embroiderer's Guild

A costume designer and author of many books about dressmaking, fashion and illustration, Annabel shares a collection of twenty-four stylish outfits for the well-dressed Barbie doll.  Each outfit is beautifully presented and styled in full colour, with trace-off patterns, each colour-coded for the different types of Barbie doll. The outfits range from beach-wear through formal and informal day clothes to evening and wedding dresses. Small-scale clothes-making can be fiddly, but Annabels comprehensive instructions simplify the process, ensuring success for sewers of all abilities.  Barbie doll-lovers of all ages will adore this fun and inspiring book

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