#TapeMeasureTuesday: What are the modern Skipper doll’s #sewing measurements?

This image shows Chelly Wood (doll clothes designer) holding up a Skipper doll. She has opened up the back of Skipper's pajamas to expose the little shorts that go underneath the PJ's, and although these shorts were primarily designed to fit Barbie, we see that they also fit this modern Skipper (dated 2010). The blog post that goes with this image (found at ChellyWood.com) suggests that the old skipper from the 1960s and 1970's is different from Modern skipper, in terms of her measurements. All body measurements for the 2010 skipper are provided with the blog post.
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Not only does the Barbie pajama pattern fit Skipper, but as you can see in the image above, the shorts I designed to fit Barbie will also fit Skipper.

However if you want the waist to fit Skipper snugly, you should really measure Skipper’s waist for your elastic when you make the shorts, not Barbie’s. Skipper’s waist is 8 cm in circumference, whereas my MTM Barbie’s waist is 8.8 cm.

Here are Skipper’s measurements for sewing purposes (seam allowances not included):

  • Neck circumference… 3.9 cm
  • Neck to shoulder seam… 3.7 cm
  • Bust 10.5 cm
  • Collar to true waist… 5.3 cm
  • Underarm to true waist… 3.3 cm
  • Sleeve inseam (underarm to cuff)… 7.2 cm
  • Sleeve from shoulder seam to cuff… 7.9 cm
  • Sleeve circumference (widest point of hand)…  4 cm
  • Waist… 8 cm (compare to MTM Barbie’s 8.8 cm)
  • Hip circumference… 11.4 cm
  • Pants inseam (crotch to just below the ankle bone)… 12.8 cm
  • Pants outseam (waist to just below the ankle bone)… 16.3 cm
  • Pants leg circumference (upper thigh)… 7.1 cm
  • Height not including hair… 10.2 inches or 26 cm

The date on my skipper doll is 2010, so she’s nearly a decade old. She’s also one of those rare Skipper dolls with jointed knees (see image above).

If your Skipper is vintage, she will definitely have different measurements; however for the most part, I don’t think Skipper’s dimensions have changed much since 2010. I challenge you to set me straight if I’m wrong here…

If any of you would like to measure your Skipper and add a date (found on Skipper’s back or behind usually), to clarify different measurements, feel free to leave a comment so everyone can see what you’ve found. We will all benefit from these slight variations in the dolls’ body measurements!

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