A lot of moms tell me that for Christmas their little girl needs clothes for Ken®, more than for Barbie®, so I’m posting my patterns and tutorials for making the shirt and tie shown above.
If you’re looking for a great pants or jeans pattern to fit Ken®, take a look at this old post entitled, “My Favorite Doll Pants Patterns.”
I’ve gotten some requests for a jacket pattern, but the prototype for my first modern-style Ken “dinner jacket” pattern was a fail. So I’ve gone back to the drawing board to design a better dinner jacket pattern for Ken and similar-sized male fashion dolls.
In the meantime, I do have a pretty decent jacket pattern and tutorial associated with the outfit I designed for Tybalt in my stop-motion video of Romeo and Juliet. Just go to this link to find both the tutorial and the free, printable pattern for that jacket. You might have to do some tweaking to make it seem more modern.
Now here, as promised, are my patterns and tutorials for the shirt and tie shown on GI Joe® above (they fit Ken® and many other male fashion dolls of the 1:6 scale variety very nicely):
- Pattern 1 (includes tie and shirt back, but pants pattern is too small for most Ken® and GI Joe® dolls)
- Pattern 2 (includes shirt pattern and a narrow-waisted jeans pattern for male Liv® dolls)
- Tutorial showing how to make a tie for male fashion dolls
- Tutorial showing how to sew a collared shirt for male fashion dolls
My GI Joe has closed-grip hands. If you are sewing a shirt for a GI Joe with bigger hands, you may need to widen the base of the sleeve on this shirt. (Some GI Joe dolls have very large hands!) My advice is this: before sewing, pin the sleeve together and try to fit it over your doll’s hand. Will it fit? If not, alter the pattern a little, as needed.
Please note: I’ll be on vacation from December 22nd through the first week of January. If you submit a question, you may not hear from me until I get back from my vacation. These blog posts are scheduled in advance, so comments may not be approved until later as well.
If you’re searching for a different pattern, have a look at the Gallery Page. That’s the easiest way to search through all of my patterns to find what you want. Each image on the Gallery Page takes you to links for patterns and tutorials.
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 my patterns to fit a full-sized piece of American computer paper (8.5 x 11 inches or 216 x 279 mm) without margins, 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. It’s always friendly and kind to show your appreciation for my free patterns and tutorials by liking them on Facebook, pinning them on Pinterest, and/or tweeting about them (yes, you have my permission). You’re also welcome to add any of my YouTube channel’s videos to your playlists. Please visit those links for easy access to my patterns, tutorials, and blog posts.
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!