In an earlier blog I explained how easy it is to adjust the size of your doll clothes sewing patterns using a photocopier and it is great to hear that many of you are using this technique to adjust my doll clothes patterns to fit other dolls.
First, Lauri explains how she has adjusted my 18 inch doll clothes patterns to fit her Sasha and Sasha Baby dolls.
I thought you might like to see how the dresses turned out for our Sasha dolls. I started with a straight resize of the pattern to about 83% and sewed the first dress. It turned out adorable (and could be perfect just that way – my elder daughter has it on one of her dolls at the moment), but I realized then how easy it could be to lay the pattern down and trace around it just slightly bringing in the armholes, shortening the length, etc. I never “saw” that way before.
I used a longish piece of the extra-soft type of Velcro for the fastening in the back, making it adjustable for different sizes of Sasha dolls. (Sashas are notoriously differing in sizes, depending upon when the doll was manufactured.)
I also had good luck with tweaking the same dress for the Sasha Baby Doll. I don’t recall what % I used, I imagine it was around 75% or so. As with the other, I did a bit of tweaking of the armholes and length. Also, I resized the Summer Shorts from your “How To Make Doll Clothes DVDs” to fit Baby Sasha as kind of a wide-leg trouser. (I shrunk the overall size and lengthened the leg.) I think it looks adorable under the shortened sundress. (If you notice a pin in the back, it’s because I ran out of Velcro and haven’t gone to the store for more yet.)
Your way of sewing for dolls makes it so easy to understand – it is definitely the step-by-step videos that make the difference. I am so so so happy I bought your DVDs and patterns, and will continue to buy more.
All the Best, Lauri ‘
Next, Debbi shows how by using this technique she was able to take my frill hat pattern for 18 inch dolls and make hats of three different sizes.
‘These are just basic hats but I took your tip and reduced them on the photocopier. I included some of the dolls wearing them so you can see they are a good fit.
Thanks to both Lauri and Debbi for sharing their experiences and photos with us. I’m sure you have now inspired others to experiment with their own doll clothes patterns.
If you missed my earlier blog, ‘A great tip for resizing doll clothes sewing patterns’ then you will find it listed on my Resources Page . It certainly is a super tip worth remembering and don’t forget to let me know how you go with your own pattern adjusting.
By Rosie Saw