|"To be dressed, or not to be dressed, that is the question."|
We made long sleeved t-shirts/sweaters. You can adjust the fit for the look you want, but we made loose-fitting shirts because it was more basic and easier for small hands to manage. The "pattern" (and I use the term loosely) calls for three rectangles: one for the torso, two for the sleeves. See below:
Each of the pieces pictured is folded in half. For the torso piece, you will want to measure it from your doll's shoulder to hip or waist and about 2-3 times as wide as your doll. Basically eyeball it, but don't forget to leave seam allowances. The sleeves need to measure from shoulder to wrist/hand and be twice as wide as the shoulder/armpit opening you will need.
|Front of completed shirt.|
Fold the pieces in half inside out and sew the arm seams and a seam down the side of the torso piece to form three tubes of fabric. When that is done, you need to situate the torso piece so that the seam is in the middle of the back and set the pieces together as pictured above. Cut a notch on each side, angled down from the open top so that the hole will be the same size as the sleeve. With everything still inside out, sew on the sleeves with the seam on the bottom. This leaves a really wide opening at the neck, but otherwise, the shirt is assembled. Next put the shirt on your doll (still inside-out) and stitch the shoulders. If the fabric is really stretchy, you can leave a smaller opening for the neck. For my son's shirt, we also sewed on a collar to make it a faux turtleneck. I left it open in the back for ease of dressing/undressing.
|Back of shirt.|
|Miss Brat has a skirt made of eyelet lace trim and elastic and a ribbon belt.|
Her sleeves are cuffed. Joe is hiding under a crocheted rug for modesty's
sake. My son must have asked 20 times during this project when we would
make him some pants...
|I thought this turned out pretty well. It fits, which is the biggest concern.|
And it's easy to put on and take off, which is good for kids who actually
play with their dolls/action figures.
|Next project: pants. Hopefully, I've learned enough from my blue pants to|
be able to fashion some for Mr. Joe here.