The Robe

Yes, it’s true. I actually got out the sewing machine and made a bathrobe for Barbie.

Barbie - blue bathrobe

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.

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12 Responses to The Robe

  1. margene says:

    Very pretty and the batik makes it look like satin. It’s a little worrying to see you so Barbie obsessed, however.

  2. marianne says:

    Wow. You’re a better woman than I, I probably wouldn’t have gone to the trouble of getting the machine out and just hand stitched it. of course your little robe looks pretty fabulous too :^)
    Waaaaaay back in my own Barbie days (50+ yrs ago).. my mother went through a period of time sewing the clothes, and I know there are others out there, you’re in good company with your wee obsession ;^)

  3. jill says:

    She looks (insert Fernando Lamas voice), “Maavelous.”

  4. Kitten says:

    you’re cracking me up with your new hobby.

  5. Chris says:

    Um. I was thinking the same thing Margene was. 🙂

  6. Heather says:

    It’s perfect for her!

  7. elizabeth says:

    Now that the sewing machine is out, it’d be the perfect time to start quilting!!! ;o)

  8. Cookie says:

    Does the Betty Ford have a Barbie program?

  9. Suzanne says:

    The robe is perfect with the slippers. I am wondering if/when we will see some adult people knitting going on.

  10. Monica says:

    The robe is fabulous, and I am LOVING your Barbie posts. Very fun! I don’t think I have any fabric that would work for a robe, but I’ve saved your pattern (thank you!!) and will give it a go when I find some. There is no telling how it will turn out, however, as I am a novice (and somewhat awful) sewer.

  11. Squishy says:

    I think I’m a little scared at all the fun Barbie had while you were gone. At least the Pontiff only served drinks?

  12. Laritza says:

    This is beyond cute AND I do not worry about Barbie obsessions, (low voice: I’ve had those of my own) 😀

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