I'm a mediocre writer and a mediocre seamstress..well less than mediocre probably but I make up for it with enthusiasm!
Lately my girl has been super into barbie dolls and while she had a couple hand me downs and some new ones, she received quite a few for her birthday (she just turned 5, I still can't believe it) and plays with them night and day.
Many of those were the awesome beach babes with frizz proof hair and a painted on swimsuit (love that!) and we decided they could use some cover-ups, skirts and some ballgowns for when we really feel like being fancy.
After A LOT of midnight googling and pinteresting I found a few -and with few I really mean a few, they're scarce- awesome basic dress patterns that I tweaked to my liking.
Here are the results.
Simple elastic waist skirt, we made quite a few of these!
This is my favorite, I'm a sucker for skulls!
And this is my daughter's, Cinderella is her favorite.
(I added a pearl to the middle after)
Here you can see my (semi) handy work, I used some iron on stabilizer for the bodice.
For this dress I used the awesome pattern I found on http://www.u-createcrafts.com/creative-guest-barbie-ball-gown/ by http://www.craftinessisnotoptional.com/ but left the skirt rectangular. I have a feeling im going to use this pattern a lot!
Also used as reference is
By the same talented person.
Do you have any great links to great (but simple, I'm a newbie) free patterns please respond in comments!