#TapeMeasureTuesday: Measure Vintage Velvet and Crissy #Dolls for #Sewing Projects

The image shows a vintage Velvet doll standing next to a Vintage Crissy doll. Both dolls were made by Ideal Toy Corporation, and both dolls wear handmade doll clothes that were designed by Chelly Wood. If you go to ChellyWood.com, you can download and print these free printable sewing patterns for making this felt summer shirt and schoolgirl skirt that were designed to fit Crissy and Velvet dolls.
Please visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns to fit dolls of many shapes and sizes.

A fan/follower recently submitted the following awesome question: “How can I resize a Crissy pattern to fit my Velvet… dolls?”

What a fantastic question to ask! Thank you!

The two dolls, Crissy and Velvet, are not identical in size, but are very similar in most areas of their bodies. In fact, a lot of the doll clothes patterns that I’ve designed for Crissy will also fit Velvet, and vice versa.

In the image at the top of this page, you’ll see the two dolls are wearing my felt top and schoolgirl skirt patterns–and these outfits were made using the exact same patterns–but on Crissy, the skirt is more of a mini-skirt whereas the skirt goes down to Velvet’s knees.

So the two dolls can swap clothes to some extent, but one would have to make some adjustments if they were making long pants or long-sleeved shirts for the two dolls. Also, please be aware that both dolls have a button at the back that can make ordinary patterns a little challenging to work with. (Take a look at the image below.)

The image shows a clear photograph of the back button on a Crissy doll, which is used to wind up the Crissy doll's hair. Crissy was made by Ideal Toy Corporation.
Visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns to fit dolls of many shapes and sizes.

Of course it always helps to have exact measurements. Here are Crissy’s measurements for sewing purposes:

  • Neck circumference… 11.5 cm
  • Neck to shoulder seam… 3 cm
  • Bust 22.5 cm
  • Collar to true waist… 9 cm
  • Underarm to true waist… 5.6 cm
  • Sleeve inseam (underarm to cuff)… 13.7 cm
  • Sleeve from shoulder seam to cuff… 14.2 cm
  • Sleeve circumference (upper arm bicep)…  7.5 cm
  • Waist (including button)… 23.5 cm
  • Hip circumference… 23.5 cm
  • Pants inseam (crotch to just below the ankle bone)… 18.5 cm
  • Pants outseam (waist to just below the ankle bone)… 25.4 cm
  • Pants leg circumference (upper thigh)… 13.5 cm
  • Height not including hair… 17.75 inches or 45 cm

Here are the measurements for my vintage Velvet doll (the blond doll in the image above) for sewing purposes. Seam allowances are not included…

  • Neck circumference… 11.7 cm
  • Neck to shoulder seam… 3 cm
  • Bust 20 cm
  • Collar to true waist… 6.5 cm
  • Underarm to true waist… 4 cm
  • Sleeve inseam (underarm to cuff)… 11 cm
  • Sleeve from shoulder seam to cuff… 11.5 cm
  • Sleeve circumference (upper arm bicep)…  8.2 cm
  • Waist (including button)… 20.5 cm
  • Hip circumference… 23.5 cm
  • Pants inseam (crotch to just below the ankle bone)… 14.5 cm
  • Pants outseam (waist to just below the ankle bone)… 19.5 cm
  • Pants leg circumference (upper thigh)… 13 cm
  • Height not including hair… 16 inches or 40 cm

Now with a few exceptions, Velvet can often fit in Wellie Wisher and/or Hearts 4 Hearts Girls patterns. If you are purchasing patterns for one of these dolls, just be aware that Velvet is a little bit taller than Wellie Wishers and H4H dolls, and she’s a wee bit wider in the upper arm and thigh as well as her neck.

Please note that the adorable rubber boots worn by Velvet in the image at the top of this page were Wellie Wisher boots, so both Crissy and Velvet (having the exact same foot size) can wear Wellie Wisher rubber boots!

Do you need help measuring your dolls? Here’s a tutorial video that might help.

Keep your eye on ChellyWood.com for these upcoming patterns that will fit your vintage Velvet dolls (some have already been posted, but some are waiting to post sometime soon):

This image shows a wardrobe of many clothing items to fit Wellie Wishers, Hearts4Hearts Girls, Crissy dolls, BFF Ink dolls, and many other dolls in the 13- to 17- inch size range. Included in the wardrobe are the following doll clothes items shown in pastel colors: a pair of shorts with a pocket, a pair of shorts without a pocket, a purse, a tank top with round neck, a tank top with V-neck, a lace-sleeve shirt, a short-sleeve shirt, a skirt with handmade ruffle, a skirt with lace ruffle, a skirt with lace ruffle and rickrack, a skirt with a floral embellishment, and a skirt made of London-print fabric in pink (showing the Tower of Big Ben, London Bridge, Brittish bobbies, and more), a pair of jeans without a pocket, and a pair of khaki pants with a pocket. All patterns and tutorial videos showing how to make these outfits are provided for free at ChellyWood.com.
Please visit ChellyWood.com for free printable sewing patterns to fit dolls of many shapes and sizes.

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