I’m sure Barbie® has a dinner date with Ken® for Thanksgiving Day this year, so he’ll need some nice clothes to wear on their date! That’s why I’m re-posting these Ken® clothes patterns just in time for Thanksgiving. Of course, it’s G.I. Joe you see pictured in the image above, so 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’m still in the process of designing a dinner jacket pattern for Ken and similar-sized male fashion dolls, but as this is a hobby for me (I make a few pennies on my YouTube channel’s ads, but that’s all), I haven’t had a lot of time to work on it lately.
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 and similar-sized 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 cuff of the sleeve on this shirt. (Some GI Joe dolls have very large hands!) My advice is this: before cutting fabric, tape the paper sleeve together and try to fit it over your doll’s hand. Pay attention to the seam allowance (it needs an extra 1/4 inch on both sides). Will it fit? If not, alter the pattern a little, as needed.
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. These 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.
In case you haven’t heard, I’ve 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 also have 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!