Free Sewing Pattern and Directions to Sew a Barbie Shirt

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    Materials Needed

    Barbie wearing the blouse made from this free Barbie shirt pattern
    Blouse Made with Free Barbie Shirt Pattern. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This free sewing pattern will make a Barbie or Fashion doll shirt that is a stylish unfitted top to go with jeans or slacks or with a skirt.


    Materials Needed:


    • A Printout of the free Barbie Shirt Pattern
    • Scraps of lightweight fabric
    • Thread to match the fabric
    • Small snap or small piece of hook and loop tape (1/2" by 3/4")

    Note:
    A scant 1/4" seam allowance called for in the directions is a seam that is under a 1/4" wide but a bit wider that a 1/8" seam allowance. If you sewing machine wants to...MORE swallow the small fabric pieces as you are sewing, be sure to read this tip on how to Stop End of Seam Thread Jams.
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    Cutting and Marking

    Layout, Cutting and Marking the Free Barbie Shirt Pattern
    Layout, Cutting and Marking the Free Barbie Shirt Pattern. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    Use you scraps of fabric to cut out and mark the blouse. Always press your fabric flat and wrinkle free before laying out pattern pieces.


    • Find the straight grain-line of your scraps and use the grain-lines on the pattern pieces to layout the pattern pieces. Fabric Grain Information
    • Follow the information on each pattern piece for how many of each piece to cutout.
    • Transfer the rectangle edge markings on to the fabric. The rectangles are the markings for where to attach the straps and for matching...MORE seams. Transferring Markings on to Fabric

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    Prepare the Straps

    Sewing the Straps for the free Barbie shirt pattern
    Sewing the Straps. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    The one strap piece will create both straps for this blouse.
    • Fold the length of the strap in half with the wrong sides together.
    • Fold the raw edges in to the fold line and press into place.
    • Stitch along the edge as close to the edge as possible.
    • Press well.
    • Fold the strap in half to find the center of the strip and cut at the center mark to create two straps.

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    The Front and Back Bands

    Sewing the Barbie Straps
    Sewing the Barbie Straps. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    The front and back bands of this shirt are the area that will hold the blouse in place on the doll.
    • Place the notched ends of the back bands, right sides together at the notched ends of the front band.
    • Align the edges and sew the front and back bands together, using a scant 1/4" seam allowance.
    • Repeat for the second set of front and back bands.
    • Press the seams toward the back sections.

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    Attach the straps

    Attaching the Straps to the top band
    Attaching the Straps. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • At the marking on the back section, attach one end of the strap.
    • Bring the strap around to the front marking and attach it to the front marking.
    • Repeat for the second strap.

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    Sew the Top Sections Together

    Sew the Top Sections Together
    Sew the Top Sections Together. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • With the right sides together, match the seams and align the top edge of the joined front and back bands.
    • Being sure to keep the unattached part of the straps out of the seam line, sew the top edged together using a scant 1/4" seam.
    • Press as it was sewn and press again with the right sides out.

    Allowing a 1/2 overlap, sew hook and loop tape or a small snap to the back of the band to hold the top closed.
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    Sewing the Body of the Shirt

    Prepare Bottom Section
    Prepare Bottom Section. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    The angled edge of the piece labeled "Body of the Top" is the top, which will end attached to the top band.
    • Placing right sides together, turn up and press the bottom edge approximately an 1/8".
    • Turn up again to enclose the raw edge.
    • Sewing as close to the top turned edge, sew the baby hem in place.
    • Turn under both ends the same way you turned under the hem and sew the end hems in place.
    • On the top edge of the "Body of the Top" sew two rows of basting stitches, sewing as close to the edge...MORE of the fabric as possible but remaining on the fabric, within what would be a scant 1/4" seam allowance.

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    Attaching the Body of the Shirt

    Attaching the Body of the Top to the Top Bands. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Place the right side of the "Body of the Shirt" on the right side of a top band section. Use the transferred markings, to match up with the seams of the top band.
    • Tug the basting stitches to gather the body section so it will fit the band section, leaving a 1/4" at each end of the band and aligning the edges.
    • Sew the Body section to the top band sections.
    • Place the band sections right sides together and sew the ends of the bands using a scant 1/4" seam allowance.
    • Trim the upper sewn...MORE corner to remove bulk.

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    Finishing the Upper Band

    Close the Upper Band
    Close the Upper Band. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Turn the upper bands right sides out.
    • Turn under and press the unattached edge of the bands so that the pressed edge is even with the seam line of the sewn on body of the shirt.
    • Hand sew the band in place using a slip stitch.

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    Attach the Closure

    Sew the Closure
    Sew the Closure. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    Allowing a 1/2" overlap, sew hook and loop tape or a small snap to the back of the band to hold the top closed.