The image above shows the Barbie™ whom I’ve cast to play Sampson in my dolly version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. He wears bi-colored trousers, a distinctly harlequin-esque tunic, boots, and a cloak. He also carries a bottle of wine through the town square or marketplace.
For today’s blog post, I’m going to share with you the patterns and tutorials to make each of these items:
- Medieval Cloak Pattern for Barbie or Ken Part 1
- Medieval Cloak Pattern for Barbie or Ken Part 2
- Tutorial for Sewing a Cloak for Barbie or Ken
- Patterns and tutorial videos for making the bi-colored pants and the harlequin top
- Tutorial for Making Miniature Wine Bottles in 1:6 Scale
This was one of the earliest costumes that I made for my Romeo and Juliet production, so unfortunately, I didn’t keep the pattern for the boots. However, you’re welcome to use Romeo’s boot pattern and here’s a link to the tutorial for making Romeo’s boots (but you’d have to shrink them down to fit female fashion dolls’ feet, more than likely).
It should be noted that the cloak looks great on female fashion dolls, but it will also fit most male fashion dolls. I used the same pattern to make Romeo’s brown cloak, which Juliet wears in this scene from Act 4 of Romeo and Juliet (after Romeo offers her his cloak as a parting gift):
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I’ve also got a playlist of tutorials for the beginning sewists on my YouTube channel. It includes video tutorials showing you how to do a basic straight stitch when sewing by hand, how to use the whipstitch to hem a garment, how to sew on snaps, and even how to design your own doll clothes patterns, for those who are new to design and alterations.
If you’re wondering why I make patterns and tutorials without charging a fee, please visit the “Chelly’s Books” page, and that should explain my general motivations. Overall, I love to sew, design doll clothes, and embroider, and I think it’s important to share my talents with the world, so others can learn to do what I do.
And in case you haven’t heard, I have also designed commercial patterns for Lammily LLC. They have some new dolls coming out soon, so you might want to visit the Lammily website to see what they’ve got going on.