Archive for August, 2015

Over a month has passed since my last post. We attended the Nampa Festival of the Arts earlier in the month. I passed out a bunch of cards to people excited for Christmas and birthdays. I hope to hear from them soon!

To be honest, I’m kind of burnt out from making 18″ doll clothes for now. I have a bunch of stock, my Etsy shop has a good variety of clothes, and I have a new doll! Two weeks ago I found a Disney Ariel doll at a yardsale for $3.00. Her hair is in good condition, no markings, and still has her original dress. No this isn’t a Disney Animators Doll, but it’s cute!

Today I made a tank top, strapless dress, and leggings.

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Please don’t pay attention to the Fruit of the Loom pattern… It was a successful mock up.

This was my first time drafting a bottoms pattern. The leggings took me 2 tries! It was easier than I thought. My doll’s waist is 17cm and the legs are 15cm from the hip line to the ankles. Since the doll is so small, I decided to make it a 2 piece pattern rather than 4.

Here’s how I drafted the pattern:

  • Waist circumference: 8.5cm (draw as a line across the top)
  • Length: 15cm (draw as a line down from the center of the waist circumference line)
  • Waistline – Crotch: 4cm (mark as dots as a guide for the next measurement)
  • Front crotch – back crotch: 11cm (place front crotch 5.25cm from center, back at 5.75cm from center)
  • Ankle: 8cm (this is a horizontal line at the bottom of the leg length line)
  • Connect the waistline to the ankle line (there is a .5cm difference on this pattern)
  • Add 1/2″ at the bottom for double rolled hem
  • Add 3/4″ at the top for the elastic casing
  • Add 1/4″ to the sides

This is how it turned out:

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Sewing Instructions:

  1. Cut two of the pattern
  2. Sew the front crotch seams
  3. Press and sew the double rolled elastic casing
  4. Feed the elastic through the casing
  5. Sew the back crotch seams
  6. Press and sew the double rolled hem at the bottom of the leggings
  7. Separate the legs and line up the ankles, sew this last seam!

If your doll has different measurements, hopefully my pattern will guide you in making your own.

Good Luck,

Jo