Clothing for dolls may be small, but it proves challenging to sew. If you have excess fabric lying around, use it to create doll clothing for far less than the stores charge unsuspecting parents.
Step 1 - Find Patterns for Dolls
Patterns for doll clothing can be found in sewing magazines, websites, and through online searches. However, it’s a better idea to create your own patterns for dolls, using pattern paper or another stiff fabric. Cut out patterns that you craft from ripping apart old doll outfits or simply from your own measurements and creativity. Once you have a few patterns available, you will be able to reproduce outfits in numerous fabrics and styles.
Step 2 - Measure the Dolls
Just as you would measure a human, you will measure the dolls you plan to dress up. Take out a measuring tape and measure the doll from neck to waist, shoulder to fingertip, shoulder to wrist, hip to ankle, waist to ankle, etc. Unlike a human, the measurements will be even on both sides. Write these measurements down on a piece of paper. You might also want to measure the height of the entire doll as well as the head circumference.
Step 3 - Set Up the Doll Patterns
Create patterns with paper and then cut fabrics in the same shapes. Pin the fabric to the paper and cut around the paper to create the pattern shapes. Cut as closely to the pattern as possible with the pins in place to keep the lines aligned with the form. Using more pins will help to keep fabric properly lined up in your design.
Step 4 - Sew Doll Clothes by Hand or Machine
Some people decide to sew doll clothing by hand as this can be easier to manage than a larger sewing machine. However, it can also be difficult to keep lines straight. Using a machine is far better for consistent stitches. Turning the patterns inside out, sew the seams with short stitches to keep the fabric from bunching up. Move slowly along the fabric as you are stitching far less distance.
Step 5 - Decorate Doll Clothing and Accessories
Finally, it's time to be creative with your doll clothing. Add ribbons or buttons to the outside of the outfits, helping to turn plain fabric into a fancy dress or jacket. Add lace or trim around the edges of pants or skirts for the dolls to create holiday-inspired outfits. With the remaining fabric, you can create accessories that match the clothing exactly.
Doll clothing can be fun to make and a perfect starting point for those who want to enhance their sewing skills. Doll clothing is just like adult clothing, only smaller. Making larger patterns than those of dolls will be the natural next step for those who want to make adult clothing as well.