My favorite hobby is crocheting doll clothes. Using what I've learned from reading existing patterns, I create my own designs for Barbie.
I found some small buttons at the store and thought it was perfectly scaled for 12" dolls. Since I wanted the buttons to be functional, the first design that I came up with is Barbie Basic Overalls. The overalls function just like regular overalls do - you use the buttons to hold up the entire outfit.
This article is a free crochet pattern for Barbie Basic Overalls. The pattern was made specifically to fit Barbie Model Muse bodies. For more information on the different body types of Barbie, please visit Crochet Clothes For Your Barbie Doll.
Materials and Gauge
- Size No. 1 Crochet Steel Hook;
- Size No. 10 Crochet Cotton Thread;
- Tapestry Needle;
- 2 9mm Buttons;
- Needle and Thread in a Matching Color; and
- Gauge: 10 sc, 12 sc rows = 1".
Abbreviations Used in American Terms
- Ch - chain;
- St(s) - stitch(es);
- Sk - skip;
- Sc - single crochet;
- Inc - work 2 sc in the indicated st;
- Dec - sc the next 2 sts together; and
- BLO - back loops only.
Barbie Basic Overalls
This pattern begins with Barbie Short Shorts. Once you reach the end of one leg, do not fasten off yet, as we are going to add some length to the legs to make it look more like a classic pair of overalls.
Rounds 15 - 16: Same as Round 2. (23)
Round 17: Ch 1, sc in the first 14 sc, inc in the next sc, sc in the last 8 sc, join, turn (24)
Round 18: Same as Round 2. (24)
Now we are going to add ribbing at the hem.
Row 19: Ch 9, sc in the 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, sl st in the next 2 sc of Round 18, turn. (3)
Row 20: Working in BLO, sc in the 3 sc of Row 19, turn. (3)
Row 21: Working in BLO, ch 1, sc in the next 3 sc, sl st in the next 2 sc of Round 18, turn. (3)
Repeat Rows 20 and 21 until you complete a whole Round of ribbing. Sl st the back loops of the last row with the first row to join. Fasten off.
Repeat for the other leg.
You can also opt to follow Barbie Basic Leggings if you want a skinny silhouette to make the overalls look more modern. But I wanted to add more design elements to it so I chose to add ribbing at the hem to achieve a more feminine look.
Now working on the front of the top,
Row 1: On the opposite side of the ch from the Barbie Short Shorts, sk the first 11 ch, attach thread with sc in the next ch, sc in the next 10 ch, sk the remaining ch, turn. (11)
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn. (11)
Rows 3 - 16: Repeat Row 2. (11)
Fasten off. Sew 2 buttons on each side of the top.
Then, working on the back of the top,
Row 1: Sk 5 ch from the front, attach thread with sc in the next ch, sc in the next 9 ch, sk the remaining ch, turn. (10)
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn. (10)
Rows 3 - 14: Repeat Row 2. (10)
Do not fasten off.
Making the first strap:
Row 15: Ch 1, sc in the first 2 sc, sk the remaining sc, turn. (2)
Row 16: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn. (2)
Rows 17 - 22: Repeat Row 16. (2)
Row 23 (Buttonhole Row): Ch 1, sc in the first sc, ch 4 for the buttonhole, sc in the last sc. Fasten off.
You can adjust the buttonhole size by making more or less chains depending on the size of your button. I used 9mm buttons for this project, so ch 4 works well for me.
Row 15: Skip 6 sc in the remaining sc in Row 14, attach thread with an sc in the next sc, sc in the last sc, turn. (2)
Rows 16-23: Repeat from the First strap.
Weave in all ends.
Other Projects Used to Complete the Look
Unless you want your dolls to look risque, you would want to find a top to go inside the overalls to cover up some skin. My Barbie is wearing a Barbie Cropped Top from Barbie Shell-Stitched Skirt with Cropped Top. I used 6 sc in each Row instead of the 8 sc in the original pattern.
You can also opt to make Barbie Lace Casual Top if you want more coverage, but it will require snaps to close.
I also made a Granny Square Bottom Bag by bobwilson123 to go with the look. I did 2 Rounds for the base, 4 Rounds for the height, 25 chains for each strap, and 1 final Round of sc for edging.
firstname.lastname@example.org on July 25, 2019:
I wish you had Knitting patterns.
Asilyad on July 03, 2017:
I'm converting this into a denim jumper and overalls for guys as well.
gramydoll on July 04, 2015:
You are so generous with your beautiful Barbie patterns. This is the very best yet! I am 62 and I have so much fun crocheting your patterns for my Barbie's in my doll collection! Bless you and thanks so very much!
livs4dolls on June 17, 2015:
This is positively the cutest Barbie pattern ever!! I am going to use yarn and make the overhalls for my larger fashion dolls also! As usual, thank you very much and I am always looking forward to your wonderful Barbie clothes patterns!!!