Altering pants is a little trickier than altering a simple dress. I made a copy of the shorts pattern found in Learn to Sew for Your doll. Then I measured from the doll’s crotch to her waist to see where I needed to move the waist line on the pattern.
I drew a line on the pattern at the new waist line and added a line one half inch above it for the elastic casing.
I cut out the pattern piece. Next I measured half way around her waist. I measured half the waist at 5 inches. I added 1 inch to my 5 inch measurement to find the new width for my pattern piece.
I cut the pattern in half and taped it together again, shrinking it to a 6 inch width.
I sewed the pants up, made casings at the waist and legs, added elastic to the casings. I adjusted the elastic to fit the waist and each leg.
Here is the doll in her diaper cover and sundress. I have pinned the dress up one half inch so that you can see how the dress would look as a top.
About a year ago Soft Dolls and Animals! published an article that I wrote about making cloth doll toes. My eighteen inch (46 cm) cloth doll Kitty has toes made from my method of making doll toes.
Here is a close up of the toes.
You can purchase and down load Kitty’s pattern from My Patterns page by clicking here. Kitty’s pattern is also found in my book, Sewing for Large Dolls. You can find out how to order the book from My Books page by clicking here. My small dolls also have toe instructions included in their patterns.
I have had several requests for instructions on how to add toes to other doll patterns. If you would like to use my method of doll toe-making, download this free pdf by clicking on the words “Toe Text”: Toe Text
I hope that you enjoy it
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I recently discovered a line of fourteen inch (36 cm) dolls called Hearts for Hearts Girls. The dolls represent girls from all over the world and the stories that come with the dolls are both compassionate and proactive. I ordered Lauryce. Her story is about a girl from New Orleans in the USA. I looked to see if any of my doll clothes patterns would fit her. She can wear the dress in my Princess Irene pattern. Here is Lauryce wearing Princess Irene’s dress.
If you are interested in this pattern click here to go to my pattern page. Princess Irene’s pattern is right below the eighteen inch doll patterns.
I have just finished a pattern for a ballgown and girl’s dress for eighteen inch (46 cm) dolls. The pattern also has princess dancing slippers, a crown, and classic Mary Jane shoes. Here are two Kitty dolls and a Springfield doll wearing outfits made from the pattern.
If you are interested in this pattern, please go to my pattern page and look for it under Kitty’s patterns. You can go to my pattern page by clicking the button at the top of the page, clicking “patterns” on the left side of this page or clicking here.
I have just finished a pattern for six pairs of bedroom slippers for eighteen inch (46 cm) dolls. There are patterns for mice, dog, and pig slippers as well as cat, bunny, and bear slippers.
The pattern set also includes a pattern for a nightgown and sleep cap. Here is my Springfield doll wearing the gown, cap, and bunny slippers.
Here is Kitty wearing a gown, cap, and cat slippers.
If you would like to learn more about the pattern, you can click here. Select eighteen inch doll patterns from the top menu. The nightgown, sleep cap, and slippers pattern is right under the Kitty pattern.
I have had several requests for pants patterns to fit Kitty and other 18 inch (46 mm) dolls. I finally took the hint and developed a pattern for pants, shorts, a skirt, a T-shirt, and sneakers. Here are two Kitty dolls and a Springfield doll wearing cloths made from the pattern.
If you are interested in the pattern, please click here or use the pattern button at the top of the page. You can select the Kitty patterns by clicking on the small Kitty picture at the top of the page or you can just scroll down the page. This pattern is the third Kitty pattern. You can read more about the pattern there and decide if it is one that you would like.
Check out the new index at the top of my pattern page. We hope that it will help you navigate to the pattern of your choice.
The index has a link to Florabunda’s page. We hope that it will be up and running in a few weeks, but now the only thing available is a picture of Florabunda hard at work.
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I have finished red striped, flannel nightgowns for my Christmas dolls and Florabunda. I’m almost done with the Christmas dolls’ wardrobe. I’m only planning one more outfit, a Christmas skirt and top. Here are my eighteen inch (46 cm) doll and my American Girl mini in their gowns.
The eighteen inch nightgown pattern is in my book Learn to Sew for Your Doll. The mini’s nightgown comes from my Nightgown,Smock Top, and Two Tiered Skirt down-loadable pattern. The mini doll wears clothes made from Twinkle’s patterns.
When I make a cloth doll as a play doll, I like to include a flannel gown. I think that it adds to the tactile pleasure of the doll. Here are Florabunda and Kitty wearing flannel nightgowns.
The little cats that they are holding are part of a new easy to sew project that I am developing. I’ve made three sizes of cats. Here is Florabunda with the largest cat.
Christmas Sewing, My books, my patterns
This past week I made sundresses for my Christmas dolls and Florabunda. The eighteen inch dress is in my book Learn to Sew for Your Doll. The small dress patterns are free on my pattern page. The American Girl mini wears Twinkle’s patterns.
Kitty is wearing the eighteen sundress and the red jacket I made earlier, and Florabunda is showing how well her new dress goes with her red jacket.
I plan to make a nightgown and a Christmas dress to finish off the dolls’ wardrobes.
Christmas Sewing, my patterns
I am still having fun working on my Blue Santa Christmas dolls. My eighteen inch (46 cm) doll skirt and top are from my book, Learn to Sew for your Doll. My American Girl mini is wearing a top from my “Gown, Smock Top, and Two Tier Skirt” down-loadable pattern. The skirt comes from my “Pants, T-shirt, and Skirt” down-loadable pattern.
Here are Kitty and Florabunda. Kitty is wearing the larger skirt and top made from patterns in my Learn to Sew book. Florabunda’s patterns are found in the same down-loadable patterns as those for the American Girl mini and also my book Sew a Small Doll.
Christmas Sewing, My books, my patterns