Today I’m posting my free printable sewing pattern for shorts to fit the 28-inch dolls like Mattel’s 28-inch Just Play Barbie (also called Best Fashion Friend). Based only on the pictures, I would guess this pattern also fits the 28-inch “Descendents” dolls, which are available from WalMart.
For your convenience, here’s a link to the shorts pattern in .jpg (easy to download) format:
For my regular followers, you already know that each of my free patterns also comes with a free tutorial video that shows you how to sew the project together. I’ll be posting that tutorial video tomorrow.
I should also admit that this pattern is almost identical to the one I designed for my 18-inch dolls, like my American Girl and Madame Alexander dolls. I was very surprised to discover that those dolls’ shorts could almost fit my 28-inch doll. The only real difference is in the width of the dolls’ waists.
So in tomorrow’s video tutorial, you’ll see that I’ve included instructions to measure your doll’s waist for elastic. This is the key to making sure these similar-style shorts will fit your 28-inch doll as well as they fit the other dolls.
And don’t worry, I’ll post patterns and tutorials for sewing the shirts soon too.
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.
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 post or 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.