New Doll Clothes From An Old, Worn {treasured} Outfit

As we were heading to her daughter’s birthday party the following week, I was asking my friend Lisa what her daughter is into right now.

“Barbies.”

Lisa is a Matilda Jane Clothing Trunkkeeper, so when she said she had an old holey MJC dress that I could use, I knew a perfect gift for her little girl, Corinne!

Barbie Stacie Matilda Jane Clothing upcycle doll outfit 01I ordered a Barbie Stacie doll (that’s Barbie’s tween sister) from Amazon, and set about designing a cute MJC outfit for her!

Barbie Stacie Matilda Jane Clothing upcycle doll outfit 02I’d be lying if I said it didn’t give me pause to think about cutting into this cute little designer dress, but I took a deep breath and plunged in!

Barbie Stacie Matilda Jane Clothing upcycle doll outfit 03I decided to use the pocket as a top, with the trim on the pocket becoming the top of Stacie’s tunic/dress. I cut off both straps and used them to create a halter neckline in front. The ruffled neckline became a ruffle on the bottom of the dress/tunic. And the bodice material became pants.

Barbie Stacie Matilda Jane Clothing upcycle doll outfit 04Barbie Stacie Matilda Jane Clothing upcycle doll outfit 04bI think this is the tiniest ruffle I’ve ever pinned.

Barbie Stacie Matilda Jane Clothing upcycle doll outfit 05 Originally, my plan was to tie in a bow behind the neck, but it was too bulky on Stacie’s little frame, so I cut two small slits in the back of the dress and slipped the straps through to make the top a tie-back.

Barbie Stacie Matilda Jane Clothing upcycle doll outfit 06

Of course, once the outfit was done, it needed one last touch: tags! I scanned in the original dress’s tag, then shrunk it way down and printed it out on iron-on transfer paper.

Barbie Stacie Matilda Jane Clothing upcycle doll outfit 07

These tags totally make the outfit for me!

Barbie Stacie Matilda Jane Clothing upcycle doll outfit 07bThis is the “Yay, it worked!” moment!

Barbie Stacie Matilda Jane Clothing upcycle doll outfit 08The simple pants construction is the same as in my upcycled t-shirtΒ  pants tutorial, only on a mini scale. I used Stacie’s original shorts as a size template to cut the pants.

Barbie Stacie Matilda Jane Clothing upcycle doll outfit 09Now the Matilda Jane girl has a Matilda Jane doll! Yay!

Barbie Stacie Matilda Jane Clothing upcycle doll outfit 11Barbie Stacie Matilda Jane Clothing upcycle doll outfit 12So back in her box she went, all ready for the birthday girl!

Barbie Stacie Matilda Jane Clothing upcycle doll outfit 13I tucked Stacie’s original outfit into a little baggie in the box too, just in case she needs a change of clothes!

Barbie Stacie Matilda Jane Clothing upcycle doll outfit 14And I wanted another “one last touch,” so I scanned in the dress fabric and printed out a section of it onto textured cardstock. A little scissor trim later, and voila, instant matching stationery!

Barbie Stacie Matilda Jane Clothing upcycle doll outfit 16This is probably one of my favorite gift projects ever. I hope Corinne (and her mama) love it!

Barbie Stacie Matilda Jane Clothing upcycle doll outfit 17We had a great time at the party celebrating the bday girl!

Barbie Stacie Matilda Jane Clothing upcycle doll outfit 18And a good time was had by all!

Barbie Stacie Matilda Jane Clothing upcycle doll outfit 10Craftiness? Upcycling? Gift-giving? Ruffles? This project practically had it all for me! Wheee!

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3 responses to “New Doll Clothes From An Old, Worn {treasured} Outfit

  1. Gina, this blog is so sweet! Corinne loves her Stacey doll and I’m infatuated with Stacey’s outfit! I cannot believe you made that outfit! Well, that’s a lie! You are just incredible! Gonna miss seeing your smiling face and sweet Claire every day!

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