Last week I showed you how to make my Colonial hat (or pirate hat). This week I’m going to show you how to make the vest that goes with it.
A vest is one of the easiest patterns to sew, as it doesn’t require snaps or buttons or zippers. In fact, it was one of the first things I learned to make for dolls, back when I was a little girl. So yes, this is going to be a great project for kids who are just learning to sew!
My pattern is designed for dolls with small bodies, and the image above shows one of the Project MC2 dolls wearing the vest. However I’ve tried the finished vest on a number of different dolls, and I’ve found that it does fit the following:
- Project MC2 dolls
- Spin Master Liv dolls
- Momoko dolls
- Monster High dolls
- Ever After High dolls
- Stacie (but it’s very long on her)
You can actually wrap it all the way around the Monster High and Ever After High dolls’ bodies, so with a ribbon tied as a belt, it could be a sort of wrap-around dress for those dolls.
Tomorrow I’ll re-post this pattern, and Wednesday I’ll post the tutorial showing how to make this easy-peasy felt vest for lots of small-bodied dolls. So be sure and check back with me later!
Need help printing my patterns? This link offers a tutorial showing you how to download and print my FREE patterns using Google Docs. (For the older print-a-pattern tutorial, which uses Microsoft Word, click here.)
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. These designs use a scant 1/4 inch seam (4 mm to be exact).
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. My patterns are now available through “Creative Commons Attribution.” This means that I created my patterns (and therefore I own rights to them), but I’m willing to share them with everyone who will tell people about my website.
Here are some helpful ways to tell the world about my patterns:
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- Use any other form of social media that appeals to you!
Are you new to sewing? I’ve 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.
In case you haven’t heard, I have actually designed some 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.