You can make these free doll patterns for any size doll. This style does
not lend itself to a baby doll, but the simple top and skirt are
appropriate for most dolls. I will give you the exact measurements for
an outfit for Barbie and also an American Girl Doll. You can then measure your own doll and design a pattern just for her!
Are you ready to make this adorable outfit?
To make the free doll pattern for Barbie
Make a paper pattern by cutting two paper rectangles
1) 3 1/4 inches by 4 inches. This will be for the top.
2) 4 1/2 inches by 8 inches. This will be the skirt pattern.
To make the free doll pattern for an American Girl Doll
Cut two rectangles
1) 6 1/2 inches by 6 inches. This will be for the top
2) 6 1/2 inches by 20 inches. This will be the skirt.
You will need the following:
For the Barbie outfit:
1) A piece of fabric at least 8 inches by 11 inches.
2) 4 inches of elastic that is 1/4 inch wide.
3) 4 pieces of ribbon 8 inches long.
For the American Girl outfit:
1) A piece of fabric at lease 14 inches by 21 inches.
2) 11 inches of elastic that is 1/4 inch wide.
3) 4 pieces of ribbon 13 inches long.
Cut 2 pieces for the top and 1 piece of fabric for the skirt, using your patterns.
Feel free to get creative and use two different fabrics.
We are finally ready to begin sewing!
Start with the two pieces for the top.
Fold over 1/4 inch and then again 1/4 inch along the two short edges of the fabric pieces.
Stitch close to the folded edges.
Hem all four of the shorter ends.
Here is what you should have:
Beginning at the top edge, fold over 1/4 inch twice. Stitch from here until you are 1 1/2 inches from the top, tapering the fold to a point.
Repeat for all 4 armholes.
This is what your 2 pieces should look like (on the wrong side).
Stitch the side seams by first placing front and back pieces together, with right sides facing each other. Stitch 1/4 inch seam allowance, stitching from the bottom hem to the top of the armhole (at the pointed end of the hemmed armhole). Turn your top right side out.
You will now sew the 4 ribbons to the top front and back pieces that you have just hemmed.
Fold the ribbon end down to cover the raw edge.
For Barbie, stitch the ribbons at the outer edges of the right sides of both pieces.
For American Girl, stitch the ribbons 1 1/4 inches from the outer ends of the top.
Congratulations! You can now dress your doll in the top by pulling it up, over her legs, and tying bows at the shoulders.
You are now ready to make the skirt.
1) Hem the bottom with a double folded 1/4 inch, stitched near the fold.
2) For the top of the skirt, fold down 1/4 inch and then 1/2 inch. Stitch near the fold.
Here is what you should have:
You will now insert the elastic into the 1/2 inch "channel" that you just stitched. Do this by putting a small safety pin at the end of the elastic. Push the safety pin through the stitched channel. When the edge of the elastic gets to the end of the skirt top, pin it in place.
Continue pushing the safety pin through until you reach the opposite end.
Pin this end of the elastic in place, keeping the elastic end flush with the fabric.
Stitch the elastic in place at both ends.
Stitch the back seam, stitching 1/4 inch seam allowance from the hem of
the skirt to the waist.
Turn the skirt right side out and dress your Barbie, American Girl, or other favorite doll.
Congratulations! You have made a new outfit for your doll.
I hope you enjoyed making this first free doll pattern and the actual outfit. You can modify this for any doll by measuring across the chest, the waist, hips, and allowing for your seam allowances.
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