Barbie Fashion Design Maker Review (Mattel)

Barbie Fashion Design Maker
What It Is

The Barbie Fashion Design Maker allows Barbie fans to design printable, customizable fashions that Barbie can actually wear. To start designing download the free Barbie Fashion Design Maker app to your iOS or Android tablet or visit the Barbie website to design your fashions there. In the Design Maker studio, you can select, resize, and layer different patterns, colors, and accents to customize a unique look for your Barbie's top and bottom. Simply tap and drag the color, pattern, or accessories onto the top or skirt on Barbie. You can further personalize Barbie's look using imported pictures and drawings or taking a photo using your device or computer's camera. Once the image has been imported you can add filters and resize it to fit it to your liking.

Finished designing? You can move to the next screen where you can choose between different settings to place your styled Barbie in, save the design to your tablet or computer and take photos of it. But the really fun part is if you choose to print the design. The Fashion Design Maker comes with eight specialized, printable fabric sheets you can print your designs on.

Follow the instructions on the printable sheets to loading the paper either through the top or bottom feed on your inkjet printer. Once the designs have printed, peel off each piece of clothing, align it, and place it on the included Barbie. You can add some final touches with the sheets of stick-on ribbon and glitter decals as well as fabric trim.

Note: You can use the app or website to design clothes for free, however you'll need to purchase the Barbie Fashion Design Maker in order to print out your designs.

Is It Fun?

Barbie and fashion designing have always gone hand-in-hand and this toy continues to build on the fashion play in a toy that's well-executed, easy to do, and just plain fun. We've tested similar fabric print dresses for Barbie in the past but this one seems to have a higher quality and durability. We also think the Design Maker inspires a lot of repeat and creative fashion play for Barbie fans.

Who It’s For

The Barbie Fashion Design Maker is for Barbie fans ages 6 and up.

What To Be Aware Of

The app is free to download for both Apple and Android devices.

The printable fabric only works on inkjet printers. It will not work on a laser printer.

Make sure the printable sheets are properly aligned in your printer otherwise you'll end up wasting sheets. We suggest running a test sheet through before actually printing on the fabric sheets.

Printing on the fabric sheets will likely take a lot of ink to print.

  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy