#TapeMeasureTuesday: What #dolls’ clothes can Ideal’s Tammy #doll wear?

The image shows a Tammy doll standing next to a ruler. Beside her are a Curvy Barbie and a Tall Barbie. The blog post offers complete sewing measurements for making doll clothes for the Tammy doll from Ideal Toy Company.
Please visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes.

If you look at the photo I’ve posted today, you can see that vintage Tammy dolls (made by the Ideal Toy Corporation) can’t swap clothes with Barbie very well. My Curvy Barbie (right) is wearing pants made with the same pattern as Tammy’s plaid pants. Curvy looks more like a samurai than a fashion model in these pants!

Tall Barbie looks like she’s waiting for a flood. That’s a no-go.

Here are Tammy’s measurements for sewing purposes:

  • Neck circumference… 6.5 cm
  • Neck to shoulder seam… 2.5 cm
  • Collar to true waist… 5.1 cm
  • Underarm to true waist… 2.9 cm
  • Sleeve inseam (underarm to cuff)… 6.5 cm
  • Sleeve from shoulder seam to cuff… 7.7 cm
  • Sleeve circumference (upper arm bicep)…  4.8 cm
  • Waist… 9.7 cm
  • Hip circumference… 14 cm
  • Pants inseam (crotch to just below the ankle bone)… 13.0 cm
  • Pants outseam (waist to just below the ankle bone)… 17.2 cm
  • Pants leg circumference (upper thigh)… 8.8 cm
  • Height not including hair… 11.5 inches or 29.2 cm

So who can swap clothes with Ideal’s Tammy dolls? Well…

The image shows the feet of Ideal Toy Corp's Tammy doll wearing shoes belonging to the Project MC2 dolls. These two dolls and swap shoes.
Please visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns to fit dolls of many shapes and sizes.

See that image above? My Tammy doll is sporting a pair of sneakers that actually came on one of my Project MC2 dolls. Yep! Tammy dolls and Project MC2 dolls can swap flat shoes. But the Project MC2 dolls are not able to swap high heel shoes with Tammy, and they cannot wear each other’s clothes.

The image shows a vintage Tammy doll dressed in handmade clothes. The same clothing patterns are worn by a MTM Barbie and a 17-inch Barbie. On the MTM Barbie, the pants look too big, but on 17 inch Barbie, the Tammy doll pants seem to fit well as capri pants. The dolls stand next to a ruler, showing Tammy dolls to be about 11.5 inches tall, and on the wall behind the dolls, a website is cited: ChellyWood.com, the home of hundreds of free sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes.
Visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes.

My MTM (made-to-move) Barbie doesn’t look any better in Tammy’s pants than Curvy did, but my 17-inch Endless Hair Kingdom Barbie can comfortably wear Tammy’s pants as capris. In fact, they look pretty good on her!

Do you have a Tammy doll? Have you found that other dolls can swap clothes with her? Please feel free to post what you’ve learned about doll clothes swapping in the comments on this page, on my Twitter feed, or on Instagram. Thanks for sharing your knowledge!


4 thoughts on “#TapeMeasureTuesday: What #dolls’ clothes can Ideal’s Tammy #doll wear?

  1. My Tammy fits curvy Barbie dresses and Tops and skirts. I bought some home made pants on eBay that were made for those old muscular Ken dolls with the rubber type legs. Too bad someone doesn’t do a reissue of Tammy. I think the young kids would like her because the body is simple and easy to dress.

    1. There is a re-issue, Mary. Back when Tammy lost favor to Barbie here in the US, the UK version of Tammy was still more popular there than Barbie. This doll is called Sindy, and she has a new re-issue.

      If you look closely at modern re-issue Sindy dolls’ faces, they are clearly a similar face mold to Tammy. That’s because they were originally owned by the same company, as I understand it.

      Here’s a link to the modern re-issue of the Sindy doll, Tammy’s look-alike sister from the United Kingdom!

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