I saw a post about this on Pinterest and thought, duh, why haven’t I done this yet? Emden is not old enough to play with Barbies but my two boys like to get them out occasionally and play with some of my old ones.
I have to admit feel a bit awkward when I walk into the room and there are naked Barbies laying around, but then I look at Rylan’s face and he doesn’t seem to even notice their bareness as they wait for their new wardrobes. Regardless, there will come a time when he will notice, as well as my daughter Emden, and since Barbie’s figure is so unrealistic I felt it best to try to cover her lady parts as much as possible.
Plus, in the future I plan on teaching Emden about dressing modestly, so it would be more congruent with my teaching for her Barbies to also be modeling our values. I chose to give all of our Barbies one piece swimsuits and I made them all strapless, not because of modesty, but because I didn’t want lines to show if the outfit was strapless or spaghetti strapped. Of course, Barbie’s swimwear is totally up to you so you can give her a bikini or halter top if you prefer, I just thought I would mention the line thing because it might be something you wouldn’t think about!
Anyway, this is probably the easiest project ever and only took a few minutes from start to finish. I had fun making different swimsuits, but I must admit I felt a bit wrong while coloring Barbie’s private parts–AWKWARD! Anyway, as much as I felt awkward coloring on her suits, I didn’t feel awkward at all leaving them lying around technically naked. They look totally clothed all the time and that’s a good thing. Plus, they’re always ready for a swim party and I didn’t spend any money on their new clothes!
- permanent markers or fingernail polish
1. Using a permanent marker of fingernail polish, draw on swimsuits in desired fashions.
I liked the two methods equally. The fingernail polish can cover more at a time, but it requires more coats. You can actually do both sides with fingernail polish and then position Barbie with her but up and head down for her to dry…I thought I would have to do one side at a time, but then figured out I didn’t have to.