I received an email from Beth whose granddaughter has a favourite doll – a My Child Doll. Because this doll has very wide hips she was stumped on how to make clothes for her. This was rather frustrating for Beth as she really wanted to make some doll clothes for her granddaughter so she could play with and dress her favourite doll.
I knew exactly what Beth was talking about as I have a My Child doll too and she does have a rather awkward shape. So off to my sewing room I went on a mission to help Beth. Below is my reply to her and as I thought it may also be of interest to others I decided to share it in my blog.
I have tried each of the 18 inch bonus patterns from my How to Sew Doll Clothes video course on my My Child doll and attached the photos for you to see how they fit. I have also included some additional patterns of mine that would be easy to adjust.
Bonus patterns that can be easily adjusted:
- Tights from the pumpkin costume – cut ½” from the top of the front and back pieces.
- Halter top – cut ½” from the edge that says ‘place on fold’ and place the new edge on the fold and when threading the strap through, pull the gathers in closer (this will take extra out of the front of the top)
- Summer nightie – you will need to shorten the hem about 2” and the elastic in the straps about 2” and sew the straps using the alternative method that I show. You may also need to shorten the elastic around the top about 1-2”
- Sarong – cut about 1 ½” from the top to shorten the skirt
Other patterns that can be altered easily include:
- Ballerina – leotard needs to be shortened by folding pattern in half around the waist and folding up about ¾” (this will take 1 ½” from the length of the leotard). The tutu and skirt fit without adjustment.
- Summer Dress shortened or use the crop top and add a frill to make a summer dress.
I don’t have a photo but the capri pants can be worn as long pants – just cut ½” from the top the same as I have suggested for the tights. And the handkerchief top can be worn as a dress – just shorten the strap about 1 ½”.
You may also find some of my blogs on resizing doll clothes patterns helpful and they can be found on my Rosie’s Resources page.
I hope this helps someone else to dress their My Child doll too as they are such pretty dolls and it would be a shame if they were forgotten about simply because they have no clothes.