As promised, here’s my fashion doll bodysuit pattern. I think you could probably use this same pattern to make a fashion doll swimsuit as well, so even if you’re not interested in making your doll the Halloween cat costume that I’m sharing this week, this pattern could still be highly useful for beach attire.
Tomorrow I’ll post the tutorial, showing how to make this bodysuit out of felt, for the Halloween cat costume. But if I were making this as a swimsuit, I’d cut two of each bodice piece. Then I’d sew them together along all open hems, to create a lining. I’d also use a stretchy fabric, like swimsuit material or tee shirt material. Even a light polyester, like you use for pants, might work okay. Of course you wouldn’t need the sleeves at all for a swimming suit.
However this pattern would certainly make a great gymnastics outfit!
You’ll notice this pattern, along with the one I posted last week, offer a rough measurement guide. I’d like to thank the fans who wrote to me, making this suggestion. 🙂 It should make my patterns easier to print with greater accuracy. I’m not planning to go back to add the measurement guide to earlier patterns, but I do want to include the measurement guide in all my future patterns.
Need help printing my patterns? This link will take you to a tutorial showing you how to download my free, printable patterns.
Please note: you must enlarge the pattern to fit a full-sized piece of American computer paper (8.5 x 11 inches or 216 x 279 mm) before printing. My designs use a 1/4 inch seam (standard for fashion doll sewing projects).
If you’re wondering why I make patterns and videos without charging a fee, please visit the “Chelly’s Books” page, and that should explain my general motivations.
In case you haven’t heard, I have also designed commercial patterns for Lammily LLC. They have some new dolls in their line, including a new male doll, so you might want to visit the Lammily website to see what they’ve got going on.
I’ve also got a series 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 gather fabric, how to use the whipstitch to hem a garment, how to sew on snaps, and even how to design your own doll clothes patterns, just like I do!