At the end of December and earlier this month, I shared my patterns and tutorials for the Kwanzaa poncho, the skirt worn by the Photographer doll from the Lammily company (the doll wearing the poncho), and the clothes worn by the Ken doll. But were you aware that the Photographer doll is also wearing my easy-to-sew doll shirt that I featured this past week?
So now that I’ve posted patterns for all the things featured in the photo above, it’s time to create a blog post wherein you can download everything you need to make a Kwanzaa fashion doll wardrobe for next year’s Kwanzaa celebration!
Here are the patterns and tutorials you’ll find helpful for making the female fashion doll’s clothes (many of which can be made to fit other fashion dolls besides the Photographer doll from the Lammily company.
The Easy-Sew Felt Shirt
- Here’s the free pattern for making the shirt (worn under the poncho)*
- Here’s the tutorial video showing how to make the shirt
The Holiday Skirt
- Here’s Pattern 1 for making the holiday skirt
- Here’s Pattern 2 for making the holiday skirt
- Here’s the tutorial showing how to make the holiday skirt
The Kwanzaa Poncho
Here are the patterns and tutorials you’ll find helpful for making the male fashion doll’s clothes (but be aware that I had to alter the hat pattern a little; your hat pattern* will need some adjusting before it fits a Ken doll properly):
- Here’s the free pattern for making the hat*
- Here’s the free tutorial video showing you how to make the hat
- Here’s Pattern 1 for a Ken-doll-sized shirt (I altered the sleeve length for shorter sleeves)
- Here’s Pattern 2 (use the jeans pocket pattern for your shirt’s pockets, but make it a bit smaller)
- Here’s a tutorial showing you how to make a shirt with a collar
- Here’s the free, printable sewing pattern for elastic-waist, pull-on pants for male fashion dolls (you won’t use the inlay)
- Here’s a tutorial showing you how to make the pants
If you’d like to learn more about the Kwanzaa holiday, there’s a helpful link for you.
*Please note that if you add bias tape to the one-size-fits-most felt doll shirt, you may find that the shirt won’t fit a Lammily doll anymore. Bias tape doesn’t have as much “give” as felt, so adding bias tape will make it less flexible around the arms.
After adding bias tape to this felt shirt, my Tonner doll no longer fit in the shirt either.
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.) To review my difficulty scale (demonstrating how hard or easy a pattern is by the number of flowers displayed), take a look back at this blog post.
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:
- You can pin them on Pinterest.
- You can like them on Facebook.
- You can tweet about them.
- 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.
If your question wasn’t answered here, feel free to submit a question. I’m always happy to help my followers find what they need, so they, too, can make amazing doll clothes and crafts!