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Here are plenty of ideas for making dolls clothes to give as holiday gifts! What little girl wouldn't LOVE new clothes for her dolls? If you haven't started - - begin now!! Here are PATTERNS and TUTORIAL to begin making items for gift giving right away.



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Measuring Correctly: 18-inch Doll Clothing Patterns 
This article is so helpful!!




Doll clothes patterns can be adjusted before cutting, to ensure a perfect fit for a variety of dolls. You can easily see size differences by comparing the measurements of three popular 18-inch dolls:
Madame Alexander ‘Girlz’

American Girl Dolls

Gotz ‘Precious Day Collection’ 



The lines drawn on the dolls in the photo below show exactly where to measure your dolls.
Bust and Shoulders: One obvious difference among the three dolls is the bust measurement, which is quite a bit larger on the Gotz doll. But, her larger bust line is really caused by the width of her shoulders. The distance around her shoulders is a full inch larger than the American Girl doll… and 1-5/8 inches larger than the Madame Alexander doll.


 Sleeve Length: The Madame Alexander doll has slightly longer arms, but because her shoulders are narrower, her sleeve length is almost identical to the American Girl doll. And, don’t forget the Gotz doll’s wide shoulders. Even though the Gotz arms are the same length as the American Girl, you have to increase her sleeve length if you don’t increase the width of the shoulders on the doll clothes patterns.

The American Girl doll has bigger hips and a more rounded bottom. She also has a shorter, thicker neck than the other dolls. When you’re making tight pants or boots, remember the Gotz doll has larger, 5-1/2 inch calves. (Although it’s not shown here, the older American Girl dolls also have 5-1/2 inch calves.) All the dolls’ heads and feet are almost identical in size. Their inseams are similar enough to make their pant lengths the same.

So, even if you’re sewing for just one doll, always measure your doll. Then, measure the doll clothes patterns and compare each area. If you’re making doll clothes to sell, or if you own several different 18-inch dolls, you’ll need to make a few alterations so the clothes will fit all the various dolls. Begin by using this chart.

 

For all of the dolls to wear the same clothes, cut the doll clothes patterns large enough to fit the biggest measurement in each body area. For example, make sure the bust fits a doll that measures 12-1/8 inches; the waist 10-1/2 inches; and the hips 12-1/4 inches. Remember to add a small amount to each measurement for ‘ease,’ unless you want the dolls’ clothes to be skin-tight.

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24 comments:

  1. Thank you for these patterns. I make a lot of doll clothes and I recently noticed the different sizes in dolls. The chart is perfect.

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    1. You're VERY welcome! Thanks for stopping by LADL.

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  2. muchas gracias por compartir estos bellos patrones. saludos desde chile.

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  3. Can anyone tell me where to buy the 18 inch Dolls? I crochet Bed Dolls in 13 & 15 inch Dolls and would like to Up Size & try my hand at the 18 inch Dolls. Would appreciate any help. Thank you

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    1. Yes, you can buy 18" dolls at Wal-Mart (My Life As...) and Target (Our Generation).

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  4. Good afternoon. Can anyone tell me where I can get 5 1/2 '' doll clothes patterns? I have looked everywhere for them to make the clothes for some Strawberry Shortcake dolls, but I have had no luck.
    I appreciate any help you want to give me.
    Greetings and congratulations on such a good website.

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    1. Yes, you may find something helpful on our sister site.

      http://snickerdoodlestreet.blogspot.com/p/patterns.html

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    2. Chellywood.com has patterns for strawberry shortcake, and other tiny dolls

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  5. It seems like all the free patterns are for 18" AG or Barbie. I am needing patterns for 23" Saucy Walker from the 50's for my doll.

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  6. Hello, Could anyone help me find a free pattern for PJs for The 18" Truly Me boy doll? Thank you for your time!

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    1. Hi Robin, Any 18" elastic waist pant and button down shirt or t-shirt pattern will work for AG boy PJs. All you need is to select a fabric of your choice. Have fun

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  7. Gracias, gracias, gracias, gracias! Poca gente publica tantos patrones tan bonitos. Los adaptare, y usaré para mis nenuco, aunque no lo crean, se puede muy bien

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  8. i would like to sew clothes for my our generation dolls but im no good at sewing, have you got any tips for me

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    1. You can start with skirts.
      https://livingadollslife.blogspot.com/2014/10/diy-josefina-skirts-sash-shawl.html
      You can use old shirts or scarves to practice. You can re-use the elastic in unworn clothes. Books at your local library can help or Youtube tutorials.

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  9. Thanks so much for these, I am a beginner to sewing and these little tips and articles are so helpful. The clothes are absolutely adorable

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  10. Merci pour ces beaux patrons je debute et je trouve merveilleux de pouvoir faire vos patrons

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    1. vous êtes plus que bienvenus. bonne chance et bonne chance

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  11. How do you print these patterns?

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  12. Getting ready to make clothes for my granddaughter's American girl doll from her mother's baby clothes. Thank you so much for your help.

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  13. Do you have any ginny doll patterns? I really want to try and make clothing for one of my dolls.

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    1. There are more doll patterns on snickerdoodle Street. http://snickerdoodlestreet.blogspot.com/p/patterns.html?m=1

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