My favorite hobby is crocheting doll clothes. Using what I've learned from reading existing patterns, I create my own designs for Barbie.
Crochet a Sleeveless Top for Barbie
With lacy clothes being trendy these days, I thought I would try making a lacy top for Barbie. Admittedly, if this was for a real person, you would still need to wear something under it, as the fabric is filled with holes.
This article features a pattern for a plain lacy sleeveless top made specifically for the Barbie Basics doll (or Model Muse). For more information on the body types of Barbie, please visit Crocheting Clothes for Your Barbie Doll.
- No. 1 Steel Hook
- Size 10 Crochet Thread
- 2 Snaps
Gauge is similar to Simple Strapless Bodycon Dress: 10 sc = 1", 11 sc rows = 1"
- S3: Ch 3, skip the next 3 sts, sc in next st (I used the same stitch pattern for the body as the easily adjustable bracelet.)
- sc2tog: sc the next 2 sts together (usually 1 sc and 1 ch for this pattern)
Row 1: Ch 44, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, S3 across to last ch, sc in last ch, turn.
Row 2–16: Ch 1, sc in first 2 sc, S3 across to within last st, sc in last st, turn.
Note: Rows 1-16 constitute the body of the top. If you want to change the length, feel free to change the number of rows.
Row 17: Ch 1, sc in first 2 sc, do S3 2 times, ch 10, sk next ch sp, sc in next st, do S3 4 times, ch 10, sk next ch sp, sc in next st, do S3 2 times, turn.
Row 18: Ch 1, sc in first 2 sc, do S3 1 time, ch 3, sk the next 3 sts, sc2tog, S3 3 times, ch 3, sk the next 3 sts, sc2tog, sc in the next 8 sts, sc2tog, S3 2 times.
Fasten off. Weave in all ends.
Note: There are two ways to go about closing this top:
- Sew on snaps in a straight line and have Barbie wear it loose like the usual lacy tops in stores.
- Sew on snaps in an angle so the top will fit closer to the body.
For the photo, I went with Option 2.
Adjusting the Colors
You can opt to change colors every few rows or so to change the color effect of the top. I used a variegated thread so the color changes were out of my control. Colorblocking and lacy fabrics are trendy nowadays. For more on colorblocking, please visit Colorblocking Clothes in Crochet.
How to Style This Top
Try to go for solid bottoms instead of ones with lacy fabric. Too many holes in an outfit might make your Barbie look trashy. I borrowed the Short Shorts from the other Barbie outfit to complete the look.
If you decide to go for a longer top, it will make good nightwear for your Barbie to wear in bed. You still might need some Barbie Panties, though. You would not want your children to think that Barbie goes to sleep in just a lacy pajama top, right?
You can also forgo the snap and have the opening in front instead of the back. It will make a good cover-up for beach wear, in case your Barbie wants to go on vacation. You can try pairing it with Barbie Strapless Bodysuit.
Barbara Badder from USA on November 16, 2012:
I'm sharing your url to your page with my crochet group. Nice pattern!