How to Make Doll Clothes:
Start with a basic top and skirt.

Would you like to learn how to make doll clothes for your doll?

We can start with a very basic blouse and skirt.

I made the same outfit for an American Girl doll and also for my Barbie doll.

Basics on How to Make Doll Clothes

Do you know how to sew?

If you do, you may want to skip the following few paragraphs. If you do not know how to sew, please follow along with a few basics before we begin the instruction page.

I will show you how to make doll clothes, beginning with a very easy blouse and skirt.

Here are a few basic rules that apply to most of the doll clothes patterns on the market. If the pattern is published, any variation from the following will be noted:

1) The seam allowance will be 1/4 inch. On most sewing machines equipped with a basic foot, this will be the distance from the needle to the outer edge of the pressure foot. Make a test sample by measuring the distance from the raw edge of your fabric to your stitching line. This distance should be 1/4 inch. If it is, the clothes you make from your patterns will fill your dolls perfectly.

2) Try to match your fabric with a thread that is the same or slightly darker in color. In my step by step instructions, I have used navy thread on yellow fabric in order to provide a contrast so that you can follow along with my instructions.

3) If you are an inexperienced seamstress, you may want to press your hem allowances before stitching them. For most doll clothes, the hem is a double fold of 1/4 inch. In other words, fold and press the hem 1/4 inch and then fold again and press. This covers raw edges and prevents your doll clothes from unraveling.

4) When stitching seams, sew from the bottom edge towards the top of the garment. Reinforce the start and end by stitching back and forth over the first 2 to 3 stitches. This is called a "backtack".

Basics for Barbie and American Girl Dolls

Making doll clothes for 11 1/2 inch fashion dolls and 18 inch dolls is almost more difficult than making clothes for yourself, because the clothes are so tiny.  When choosing fabrics, pay attention to the size of the patterns.  You may not want to use the same fabric for both dolls unless the pattern is very small or solid colors.

I found that the outcome will be best if you use the type of fabric that the patterns call for.  In other words, if a knit fabric is suggested, by all means use a knit fabric.  If you do not, the article of clothing will not stretch enough to put on and off.

Are you ready to learn how to make doll clothes?

Find some fabric and we can begin!

Here I will show you how to make a pattern and sew the simple skirt and blouse for your doll.

You can even buy patterns for your doll collections on Amazon.  Some are vintage patterns that are returning.

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