Yes, it’s true. I actually got out the sewing machine and made a bathrobe for Barbie.
I figured it couldn’t be all that hard to make a simple kimono-style robe. But I admit it ended up taking a lot longer than I anticipated – mostly because it took a long time to figure out the sizing. I started with a basic shape, then cut and pinned and cut some more until it looked about right. I hadn’t originally planned on doing the black trim, so that added some time. It won’t win any sewing awards, but I think it came out OK. I used some batik fabric that I’ve had for ages, and a little bit of black lining fabric for the trim.
At least it goes pretty well with the fluffy blue slippers.
I saved the pattern I eventually came up with, and I’m happy to share it with anyone else who’s looking for a robe suitable for an 11.5″ fashion doll such as Barbie. It’s not much of a pattern, but hey, it’s free. I’m sure it can be improved upon, but I wanted something that was very quick and simple. If you make it, I’d love to see the results. It would be easy to shorten the length of the robe and/or the sleeves, and pockets might be a cute touch.
Here’s the pattern in PDF format: Free Kimono Style Robe Pattern for dolls
I had a little trouble getting the PDF to print the pattern at the correct size. This one works for me when printed on my printer, but I can’t guarantee the results. I did make a note that the top edge of the pattern piece should be 5 1/8 inches across. A teensy bit more or less shouldn’t matter, but if you’re off by 1/4″ inch or more, you might have a problem with it.