Purple long dress with train

I wanted to sew a dress with a train for a long time. I had to figure out an easy way  to sew the train and still have a beautiful dress.  I am very happy with the result and this dress is easy to sew that you’ll want to sew it again and again.  I used a light satin fabric that does not fray (well… not much at least).
Happy sewing!

–    Skirt: 19” x 9” (48cm x 23cm)
–    Top: 6” x 3” (15cm x 7.5cm)
–    2 sew on snaps

Step 1:
–    Pleat the skirt fabric in two and put a pin at 2 ¾” (7cm) on the top.
–    Then cut in diagonal from the pin to the corner

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Step 2:
–    Sew a hem on top  and sides of the top fabric
–    Sew the breast pleats at 2” (5cm) from each side, and up to ¾” (2cm) from the top
–    Draw the line for sewing the top and skirt together: 1” (2.5cm) on the sides and ½” (1cm) on the front – see picture

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Step 3:
–    Sew the top and bottom fabric together following the line, leave a little of fabric for the hem on each side to close the dress.
–    Sew the dress together, up to 1” (2.5cm) from the waist. And then sew a hem on the rest to close the dress
–    Sew a hem on the back on the dress –    Sew the sew on snaps

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23 Responses to Purple long dress with train

  1. Lyndsey says:

    this dress is like a dream dress i can not believe you found out how to make it i love all the new outfits you added they must have taken a long time to work out and sew you did a great job with all of them your are brilliant

    • admin says:

      I am amazed on how easy to sew this dress is. Now that you have tried some of my models, it should be a piece of cake to make 😉

  2. aimee says:

    i so wanna make this

  3. Lyndsey says:

    Miss b couture on your facebook page for this dress you have written your last creation are you not making clothes for dolls on this website anymore or did you mean your latest creation like your newest one

  4. Rusty says:

    I love the Purple long dress with train, but I don’t understand Step 1. Can anyone explain to me? Thanks

    • admin says:

      Hi Rusty,
      You can click on picture to see them bigger. For step one, take the bottom fabric and fold it into two. Then put a pin on top on the folded side. Then cut in diagonale from that pin to the opposite corner. The purpose is to build the train.
      You will end up with a trapezoid.
      I hope it helped.
      Happy sewing!
      Miss B.

  5. abby says:

    This dress looks so awesome! My BFF collects Barbies and I would love to make it for her! Thanks!

    • missbcouture says:

      Thank you, this dress is one of my favorite. And it is one of the easiest dress to sew for Barbie. You can try it using any kind of fabric, it will look good.

      Happy sewing!
      Miss B

  6. Secret says:

    Wow, this is beautiful! Miss B, do you know how to make Saris for my Indian barbie doll? If you have any ideas on how to sew one can you please make a tutorial for it. Thank you. Lots of Love!

  7. RC says:

    I love this dress! However, I’m not sure how to make the breast pleat. How do I fold it? inward or outward?

    • missbcouture says:

      It will be inward. So you can’t see them.
      The easiest way would be to put the top fabric on the doll backside and then put a pin under each breast. The fabric has ti fit the doll, and you should be able to close it on the back.
      Then sew following the pins.
      Hope it helps,
      Miss B

  8. Danielle Thalman says:

    Thank you so much for posting this! My daughter just made the purple dress with train for our friend’s 3 year old (who just got her first two Barbies) and it turned out great. Simple yet elegant. “Micro-sewing” is really fun. Fun use of our scrap fabrics and a good way to while away winter eves.

    • missbcouture says:

      That one is just one of my favorite. I did it in so many colors and fabric. Even with a left over from curtains! and it became a wedding dress !
      I did a few for my daughters friends for their birthday, it’s easy and has a lot of success!
      My daughter calls it prom dress!
      Thanks for coming to my blog!
      Miss B

  9. Ashlee says:

    Sorry, I’m not quite clear on Step 1. Do you fold it in half the 19″ way, or the 9″ way? So should the corner you’re cutting it to be the 9″ long side or the 19″ long side? Just want to make sure before I start. Thanks!

    • missbcouture says:

      I am not really sure what you’re asking?
      Fold the biggest fabric and cut from the corner to form the train of the dress. I guess if you try it, and pin instead of cutting, you’ll find which way to do it.
      Happy sewing,
      Miss B

  10. Anna says:

    I was wondering where your bridal gown is? Thanks. Anna

  11. Jasmine says:

    Hi ,
    What Does Pleat the skirt in two mean?

  12. Stephanie says:

    My ten-year-old cousin is wanting to learn to sew, and this was one of our second project after the wrap-around dress and the first we finished together! I’m not that experienced, so we fiddled around with the chest pleats for a bit and she decided she wanted to make the gown shorter “so she can see Barbie’s feet”. I think she learned a lot and got a lot of hands-on experience. She wants to make a mermaid’s tail next – we’re going to use one your bikini tops and invent a pattern for the mermaids tail!

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