As you saw on Monday, this pattern’s bodice will be used to make a shirt this week, and that sleeveless shirt (made of felt) is practically a one-size-fits-all pattern!
A little advice with this pattern: I originally designed it to fit Skipper®, who has a small, high chest. For more adult dolls, like the Fashionista Barbies® and Lammily®, I recommend adapting the pattern so the dart doesn’t cut as deep. That way your doll’s darts won’t go too high up. (See how high the darts look on Momoko® and Tall Barbie®? Meh… I didn’t like how that turned out. The same shirt looks a lot better on Skipper® because of where her chest is.
So when I made the white and black tops, I reduced the length of the dart by about a centimeter, and it looked a whole lot nicer on the majority of my dolls.
Tomorrow I’ll post the video tutorial, so you can see how to make this easy-sew felt shirt for dolls. And yes, as we get closer to Easter, I’ll also post the tutorial showing you how to make the Easter dress for Skipper® and similar-sized dolls.
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