I made a few fairly easy alterations in my A-line Dress, Jacket, and Bloomers patterns to make them fit eight inch (20 cm) Dora the Explorer and Lalaloopsy Littles better. Here is Dora in the small doll (Florabunda) size A-line dress.
I decided that the dress pattern did not need alteration. If you make an A-line dress for Dora, you should close it with Velcro or snaps all the way down the back. Dora cannot wear the dress with a zipper closing. Her feet are too big to step into the dress.
The short jacket was difficult to put on Dora. She had to reach back with both hands at the same time.
Here is Dora wearing the jacket when I finally got it on her.
I added one fourth inch (6mm) to the jacket back pattern at the fold line.
Here is Dora wearing her new altered jacket.
I used my mini doll (Twinkle) patterns to dress my Lalaloopsy Little. Here she is wearing an unaltered mini doll A-line dress and short jacket.
The dress is too long. I shorted the dress by three quarters inch (2 cm) at the hem.
I shorted the jacket sleeves by one quarter inch (6 mm) and added one quarter inch at the jacket back fold line.
Here is my Lalaloopsy Little wearing her altered A-line dress and short jacket.
If you make a Lalaloopsy Little an A-line dress, you should close it with Velcro or snaps all the way down the back.
To order a down-loadable A-line Dress, Jacket, and Bloomers pattern, see the small dolls section of my Patterns page. The down-loadable pattern contains both small doll and mini doll size patterns. To order a book with the patterns, see My Books page. All of Florabunda’s patterns are in the Sew a Small Doll and her Clothing book. All of Twinkle’s patterns are in Sewing for Mini Dolls.