I first started designing a dinner jacket for the original Fashionista Ken (and other male fashion dolls, including Spin Master Jake), back in about 2016. My jacket designs have gone through about ten different prototypes, but I’m very pleased with the final product.
Anyone who has ever tried to sew a jacket with lapels or a tux with tails for Ken will tell you that this is not an easy process. It’s even harder to come up with a simple pattern that the average sewist can follow.
But I’ve done it! I’ve pulled it off! This week’s series of free printable sewing patterns will provide you with not only the patterns for a Ken-doll-sized shirt, pants, and tie, but a super easy-to-sew felt dinner jacket!
Of course, if you’re really clever and have a lot of experience sewing for dolls, you can choose a different fabric besides felt, but what I really wanted to create here is a SIMPLE, easy-to-sew dinner jacket for Ken dolls (and other male fashion dolls). Felt was the ticket!
Stick around for the rest of the week to enjoy all the free, printable sewing patterns and tutorials for making this “tux” for male fashion dolls…
Recently, some of my followers have wondered what motivates me to give my patterns away for free.
First of all, I’m a librarian by trade. Librarians love free stuff! We believe that the more a person knows, the more enriched their life will be. So it may sound kind of crazy, but I want ChellyWood.com to become a sort of library of free patterns that help people learn to sew doll clothes.
If you’d like to learn more about my motives, feel free to visit my Chelly’s Books page.
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).
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.
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!