5 Favorite Pink Garments, A Tribute to Barbie

21 Jul 5 Favorite Pink Garments, A Tribute to Barbie

It’s Barbie’s big day!  Will you be going ? In Pink? 😊

One of the best and most memorable Christmas gifts I ever received was a box of Barbie clothes made by my Aunt Maggie. She must have made 50 garments including a wedding gown! I know this gift of love has influenced my interest in sewing and fashion.  My Barbie looked more like this…..


…..and what I just learned recently is Barbie was designed as a 19 year-old. Eternal of course 😉 That was 64 years ago.

I love Barbie’s ever changing image have followed Barbie Style on Instagram for years.

Today, I’m celebrating this icon’s movie premier with a look back to five favorite pink garments I’ve made. Would Barbie wear any of these?…….. 😂😂 Maybe the shorts……

#5 Jalie Eleonore Jeans Read Post Here

I love these pull on stretch denim pink jeans because they fit. There is no creasing behind the knees thanks to a tip I received from a reader! Barbie thinks she would not wear pull ons but her jeans only look like they have a zipper!

Pink Stretch Denim Jeans


#4 Vogue 9022 Read post Here

This is a favorite pink garment because it is a perfect pop of color on a cold winter day! I love the pocket trim I made for the dress, and the topstitching. I still wear this dress but have only made it once.

 Pink Boucle Dress, Vogue 9022

#3 McCall’s 6930 Read post Here

These flat front scallop hem shorts are the best! I customized the shorts with a batiste lining and redesigned the waistband to incorporate the zipper. A reader introduced me to this pattern which I have made several times.

Pink Seersucker Shorts

McCalls 2401 Read Post Here 

I haven’t seen Barbie in many shifts, but I do wonder if she wears Lilly Pulitzer……. I love a good fitting shift and believe Barbie would too!

Pink Cotton Shift, McCall's 2401

VOGUE 1802 Read Post Here

Party central! Thank you Carlos for designing this wonderful pattern! I think Barbie would look so cute in this dress!

Pink Party Dress with Ruffle, Vogue 1802

Everyday may not be a pink day, but pink is here to stay!

Cheers to Barbie and may she live on another 64 years 😘😘


Tomorrow’s post: Floral Midi Dress

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  • Sally
    Posted at 09:24h, 21 July Reply

    No, I’m not going to see the Barbie movie. I’m willing to bet dollars to donuts that the story line is way out of line with what I am willing to pay to see. Your pinks are darling and beautifully made as usual! I’m so glad you are back to sewing and telling.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 10:02h, 21 July Reply

      Ha Ha Ha……..It’s true…. movies are so expensive these days! Many thanks for the comment, Sally 😉

  • MaryEllen
    Posted at 09:36h, 21 July Reply

    Yes I’m going to see Barbie – I was a big Barbie fan . My grandmother crocheted Barbie dresses for mine – I can’t even imagine crocheting that small. My Barbies were passed on to my younger sisters – nothing left after that ☹️.
    I’m also going because it was 119 here in Phoenix & a nice cool theater sounds amazing .
    I remember seeing all your pink versions from past years ! All are sew pretty but the “Lilly “ dress is my fav

    • MaryEllen
      Posted at 09:38h, 21 July Reply

      PS – I played with Barbie some 65 years ago

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 10:07h, 21 July Reply

      Mary Ellen,
      Your weather…… I remember the temp was 116 when I visited Katie. I think I would live in the grocery store and movie theater during summer. Goodness.
      My mother made me give my sister my Barbies too. Not good, and I’ve never gotten over it…….. need to I suppose 😉
      Thanks for your comment, and I love the Lilly dress too. I think it gets more wear than the other 4 pinkies!

  • Kimber
    Posted at 09:37h, 21 July Reply

    I saw the Barbie Movie on Wednesday night as a sneak preview and loved it. Going to see it again tomorrow!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 10:27h, 21 July Reply

      Oh nice! I plan to see it soon.😉

  • Karen Reeder
    Posted at 09:57h, 21 July Reply

    For some reason
    Pictures do not load There is just A square in the middle of a white space???

  • Graca
    Posted at 10:13h, 21 July Reply

    As a part of kitschy pop culture I am curious to see the movie but not enough to part with my hard earned cash. Your Barbie pink outfits are classic and always well constructed. Your version of Vogue 1802 is my favourite. It looks like a fun dress to wear.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 10:29h, 21 July Reply

      I get that, Graca 😉 I too love Vogue 1802. It was easy to wear and easy to sew – best of both worlds!

  • Pamela Augustine
    Posted at 10:32h, 21 July Reply

    I love your style. I would love to see more.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:55h, 21 July Reply

      Thank you, Pamela! 😊

  • Genya
    Posted at 10:39h, 21 July Reply

    Love all your pink outfits! 🩷
    Many were an inspiration for my sewing projects.
    I grew up with Barbie (and her friends and family). Spent many hours playing with her and, of course, dressing her!
    Looking forward to the movie! 🎀

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:58h, 21 July Reply

      Many thanks, Genya – I’m honored 😊 I’m watching the news as I write and it’s all about Barbie…… the movie, her influence, etc. etc….. Girl Power!
      Enjoy the movie 😉

  • Pamela
    Posted at 11:06h, 21 July Reply

    Without realizing it I chose hot pink color for a mini pedi last week and was told it was Barbie pink and about the movie. I will wait till it comes out via streaming. theaters are better but too much perfume for me. I had the first Barbie with black pony tail, baby blue eye shadow and black and white striped bathing suit and enjoyed so many hours playing with styling her. As you say, probably influenced my creative sewing gene. My mom stayed up late after I went to bed sewing tons of clothes for her to surprise me on Christmas. I had one beautiful teal Satin full length gown with collared cape trimmed in pearls that I framed for my granddaughter 15 years ago. She was really all about Barbie so my daughter and I took her to Barbie Dream house in Orlando Florida. It was fun. Also fun is the HGTV competition show Barbie Dream house.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:01h, 21 July Reply

      What a wonderful mother you had, and how smart to frame the gown she made! I had no idea there was a Barbie Dream house in Orlando and will tune in to the HGTV competition. Many thanks, Pamela!

  • Joan
    Posted at 12:36h, 21 July Reply

    Sarah, Can you share the tip about no creasing behind the knee (your lovely Jalie Eleanore jeans)?
    I’ve never been a Barbie girl… though I appreciate her ICON status.
    Just LOVE your Vogue 1802: so striking on you in that bold fuchsia and lavender/gray abstract floral (remember it well from when you made it, slimming it down to not overwhelm you).
    I adore this silhouette for their summer comfort and ease!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:07h, 21 July Reply

      Hi Joan,
      If you’ll click the length to the jeans post you can read exactly what I did. In a nutshell……… To reduce the wrinkling behind the knees, I shortened the length just above the knee by 1 1/2 ” ( don’t forget to add back to the length in needed). Then, thanks to the suggestion of a reader, I made the back leg 1/2″ shorter than the front on the inseam between the knee and crotch, and gently stretched the slight difference into place. It worked (!), and pairs 2 and 3 have only the natural wrinkling that occurs with leg movement.
      I find it amazing that Barbie plays such a big role in our culture! I too respect her iconic status 😊😊

  • Marilyn Winograd
    Posted at 13:50h, 21 July Reply

    I started sewing when I got my first Barbie doll. I hand-sewed a blue silk Asian styled dress and then a wedding gown. So, I hold my memories of Barbie very dear.

    Thank you for your tips about the Eleanore jeans. Yours are simply gorgeous. I bought the pattern pre-pandemic, put on 20 lbs. during and since the pandemic, so have not wanted to wear stretch jeans, I’m finally taking the weight off, so sewing them (perhaps in Barbie pink) is a great goal! So very glad to have you back! Sincerely, Marilyn Winograd

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:10h, 21 July Reply

      I’m impressed that you began sewing at such a young age, and hope you still have the clothes you made for your doll 😊
      The jeans come together quickly, but I remember the pattern can run small depending on the stretch in your denim. Have fun and many thanks, Marilyn!

  • Marilyn Winograd
    Posted at 13:56h, 21 July Reply

    PS — I won’t be seeing the movie. I’m more the Oppenheimer than Barbie movie fan. But I sure appreciate the memories of her wardrobe!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:10h, 21 July Reply

      Enjoy Oppenheimer!

  • Kathie Bennett
    Posted at 14:14h, 21 July Reply

    LOVE this walk down memory lane! Barbie would be crazy not to wear these cute clothes!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:11h, 21 July Reply

      Thank you, Kathie! Barbie seems to have a mind of her own………….

  • Betsy Jabbour
    Posted at 15:19h, 21 July Reply

    Love those!! Adore party central 1802!!!!
    I need to make that one- just need to find some amazing fabric-

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:12h, 21 July Reply

      Thank you, Betsy! Vogue 1802 is a fun dress to make and I think it would be just as pretty in a solid as a print. 😊😊

  • Rebecca Bagwell
    Posted at 06:59h, 22 July Reply

    Love pink!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:08h, 22 July Reply

      You look great in it!

  • Jean S
    Posted at 21:28h, 26 July Reply

    Love all your pink clothes!

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