Vintage Christmas-Swear Free Barbie Gown

She’s what??? 54 now? And nothing’s sagging! Barbie was quite scandalous when she was first introduced in 1959. There has been some controversy over Barbie Doll’s figure when it was realized that if Barbie was a real person her measurements would be an impossible 36-18-38. Barbie’s “real” measurements are 5 inches (bust), 3 ¼ inches (waist), 5 3/16 inches (hips). And, therein lies the problem for grannies trying to outfit these fashion dolls! Sure, my mom could do it, but when I tried, I was immediately taken off Santa’s ‘nice’ list and moved to the ‘naughty’ category (I think it was the language I was using – oops!).
Mom’s versions were beautiful then and still classy!


Thirty some years ago, when I attempted my first Barbie wardrobe, I had to come up with a simpler model or go crazy.
You may need some Barbie clothes this Christmas, too, so I’m going to share my semi-brilliant Barbie evening gown pattern with you – well, actually, it’s just some pics, but it’s pretty much fool proof, so I think you’ll get the idea!

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