Creating Doll Clothes and Doll Clothes Patterns

Ancient Wire doll clothes

Today we made doll clothes.  By we, I mean me and a very sweet 5 year old young lady.  To keep her happy, we try to accomplish a whole project in one day, because waiting is just a terrible thing :)  Therefore, what you will find here today is not my best work, but it did result in a very happy little girl.

The green outfit took longer than the print outfit, because I used a commercial pattern and altered it.   For the print dress I made the pattern and it was really easy!

Lay the doll down on a piece of paper and trace around her.  I had to tip this doll from side to side to get the length of the arms.  You can see the faint outline in the picture.  Here is where you get the benefit of my experience today – make the pattern a bit wider because dolls are round and the fabric should go all the way around them :)   Make a T shape from your widened doll silhouette, and add a seam allowance all the way around, except the arm-neck-arm line.  Mine did not come out symmetrical, so I folded the pattern in half and then cut it out, allowing for differences on the two sides.
Ancient Wire doll clothes pattern
Fold your fabric, and put the top of the T (where the arms, shoulders and neck are) along the fold.  Cut out your dress.  Once you open the fold, you should have a piece of fabric like the patterned fabric photo.  In that photo the arms are top and bottom and the feet are left and right.

Ancient Wire doll clothes cut out

Fold the fabric back up, making sure that the right sides (the pretty side of the fabric) are together.  Now fold it so that the 2 wrists touch.  At the corner where the folds meet is where the neck will go.  Cut a small bit off fabric off from there; doll necks are smaller than you think :)  You can make the neck bigger later, for now you just want to know where it goes.

Open your fabric up flat.  Turn the sleeves under at the wrist and stitch down to prevent fraying, and to make it look nice.  If you like, iron and pin them before sewing.  We were going for speed, so I didn’t iron or pin.   For the green dress, we tried lots of different decorative stitches, for the patterned dress, it was all straight stitching.

Once both wrists are done, fold it right sides together along the arm-neck-arm line, so it looks like the pattern above.  Match the edges of the sleeves so that they will look nice.  Sew along the dotted lines.  That gives you the arm seams and the side seams all at once, without setting tiny little doll sleeves!  Turn up the hem and sew it.

It is starting to look like a dress now!  Decide which is the front and which is the back.  We chose to split ours up the back.  Fold it so that the wrists and side seams are touching.  Carefully cut from the center of the hem to neck – of the back only – (unless you are splitting it up the front, then cut the front only.)  Now you can test fit the neck.  Try the dress on and look at how much fabric you need to get rid of.  Cut less than that – you will  need to turn the edge of the neck under and stitch it down.  Once you have trimmed what might be the right amount, test fit again just to check.  When you are satisfied with the cut of the neck, turn it under and stitch it down.  I needed several pins to hold it in place while sewing.

We decided to close the dress with velcro.  Cut a piece of each type of the velcro to the right length vente de viagra au canada.  For these little dresses, we also cut the velcro in half lengthwise.  Choose weather it will close right over left, or left over right.  Fold the edges of the fabric under and pin in place.  Pin the velcro in place.  Make sure that it will close properly.  Sew the velcro down with a zig zag stitch.  You could probably also use snaps or hooks or buttons.

Trim the threads, or have your assistant do it if they are good with scissors.  My assistant also ran the pedal for the sewing machine :)

The print dress was cut from a pant leg.  As a bonus because of this, we also had fabric that was just about the right shape to make a matching diaper!

Making this outfit didn’t take long at all.  I think it has taken me longer to write about it!

I hope this tutorial will inspire you to create.
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About The Author

Helene Jacobs

Helene Jacobs, author of the Ancient Wire jewelry making series, specializes in recreating ancient jewelry from many different cultures. She gives her readers detailed instructions for creating beautiful historic jewelry and shows them where they can learn more about the history of the pieces. As she finds new information on the artifacts in her books, Helene updates her websites, www.AncientWire.com & www.HeleneJacobs.com . Helene has been researching history for over 30 years and has received several awards from a worldwide historical organization. At the request of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Helene created a replica of a 2500 year old necklace from the Mysterious Bog People exhibit. Helene has always had a passion for creating, figuring things out and teaching. As soon as she discovered techniques to make beautiful jewelry simply, she began teaching classes. Her class handout evolved into her first book, Ancient Wire, an instructional book for creating chains and other items of jewelry with the method variously known as Viking wire weaving, Viking chain knitting or Viking knit. Ancient Wire II followed, demonstrating how to make timeless items that are still beautiful today, but were originally created over 1000 years ago. These books can be found on her web site www.AncientWire.com or at www.amazon.com/author/helenejacobs , and will be joined by other books in the Ancient Wire series. Helene's latest book is How to Make Your Own Kick Spindle Spinning Wheel For Spinning Fiber into Yarn. The designs presented in this book can be easily customized to fit your needs; several of the Kick Spindle Spinning Wheel designs are adapted from historical examples and artwork. There are even options for doing more than just spinning with your Kick Spindle Spinning Wheel, like using it to wind balls of yarn. After traveling extensively with her military family, Helene settled in Pennsylvania with her husband, son, father, and fluffy dog, where she likes to relax with her friends over a good cup of coffee, and update her blog www.AncientWireBlog.com with her various crafty endeavors. Though it takes just a few tools to make the jewelry described in her books, Helene has an embarrassingly large collection of pliers. Helene had to test designs for her book How to Make Your Own Kick Spindle Spinning Wheel, which resulted in an embarrassingly large collection of spinning wheels and fiber. :-)

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