Tips on Selecting Clothes for Small and Larger Barbie Dolls
To Answer the Question:Do Barbie Clothes fit all size Barbies?
Barbie doll clothes are generally labeled as: “Barbie Doll Clothes” or “Clothes to fit Barbie and 11 ½” fashion dollsHowever, that does not answer the question will the clothes you are considering purchasing fit the doll you are about to outfit.
• If all Barbie dolls were uniform in body size, any of the clothes labeled “For Barbie” would fit.• However the body of Barbie has changed over the years.
Vintage BarbieThe original or vintage Barbie’s measurements were: Bust: 5 ½” Waist: 3 ½” Hips: 5”
1999 Barbie DollsMeasurements of the dolls produced with the 1999 stamp on the body are: Bust: 4.8” Waist: 3” Hips: 5”
Modern BarbieMeasurements for modern Barbies are: Bust: 5” Waist: 3 ½” Hips: 5 ¼”
• Looking at the body measurements for Barbie shows:• There can be up to .7” in the bust measurement• A .5” difference in the waist measurement• A .1” difference in the hips measurement
• The difference in hip measurements is insignificant.• The difference of ½” in the waist will have an impact on some of the clothes. It will not impact non fitted clothes or clothes with elastic waist. It will have a definite impact on jeans and fitted clothes.
• The critical measurement that effects whether the clothes you are considering purchasing, is the bust measurement.• A difference of up to .7” in the bust is major, especially when you consider the fact that most of Barbie’s clothes are fitted.
• One tip to help decide if the clothes will fit a particular Barbie is to look on the package or ask the merchant if the clothes are for the “slimmer” Barbie.• Those clothes which are described as “fitting slimmer Barbies” will not fit the Vintage Barbies, the Silkstone Barbies or other bodies with a 5” bust.• Generally they will fit the bodies stamped 1999 which have a smaller bust.
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