Pattern Roundup: Barbie Costumes for Halloween
It may feel a bit early for Halloween, but if you’re gathering a large group for a Barbie costume party, it may be good to plan ahead. Some of these Barbie ensembles may take a while—so you might as well start sewing now.
Below are some of the Barbies (and Kens) that Mattel is said to be releasing that are linked to the blockbuster Barbie movie, which came to theaters in July 2023. We’ve suggested a few patterns that would work for each. “Barbification” of the patterns is up to you.
We have not included patterns for the Celebrate Disco Bell Bottoms, Ice Capades Pretty Practice Suit (& Dazzling Show Skirt), the Pajama Jam in Amsterdam Set or the Pretty Paiseley Palazzo Pants. You’re largely on your own for those.
Of course, Barbie can be anything and wear anything, so really, be any Barbie you want to be. Maybe this year I will go as Ordinary Depression Barbie.
Gloria Pink Power Barbie
Pink Western Barbie
Gold Disco Jumpsuit Barbie
Pink Gingham Barbie
Ken’s Denim Set
Ken Pastel Stripe Set
Start with McCall’s Men’s Knit Shirts and Shorts to make a set that’s just “kenough” for a party. If you opt for a dapper blue-and-white striped fabric, you’ll be able to channel Benoit Blanc, from Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. Don’t forget the yellow neckerchief.
Ken’s Gold and White Tracksuit
With the Simplicity Sewing Pattern Boys’ and Men’s Tracksuit, you can make a mini-me costume, too. Or make 20 and have a massive dance-off. Whatever. He’s just Ken.
Barbie’s Three-Piece Plaid Outfit
President in Pink and Gold Barbie
While the style isn’t exact, I love the vintage style of this Vogue 8729 pattern.
President Barbie’s Suit
Simplicity 9714 blazer and pants can provide a jumping off point for this straight-leg suit with ribbon detail. Cashmerette offers the Meriam Trousers paired with the Auburn Blazer for another option.
Last but certainly not least, there’s Weird Barbie, my soul sister.
Calling Betsey Johnson fans: Start with the Stitch Witch Capulet Dress for an easy-to-duplicate look.