#TapeMeasureTuesday: How does the 6″ Mini #AGdoll measure up against #Barbie (Part 2)?

In this photo, the Chelly Wood sewist doll kneels beside a 6-inch American Girl doll, using a tiny tape measure to take measurements for the little 6" AG doll's waist. In the background a Made-to-Move Barbie holds the little 6 inch American Girl doll's hand while her sewing measurements are taken. This illustration accompanies a blog post on ChellyWood.com that offers the actual sewing measurements for both the Barbie doll and the mini American Girl doll. The website where you can find the original image is ChellyWood.com, offering free, printable PDF patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes.
Please visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns to fit dolls of many shapes and sizes.

Last week we took a look at how the 6-inch American Girl Mini dolls measured up to Barbie dolls.

Assuming that Barbie‘s measurements were pretty universally known, I offered the measurements of just the 6-inch American Girl Mini dolls. However, one of my blog followers, Dodi, suggested that we also need to see the measurements for Barbie.

So today’s #TapeMeasureTuesday offers both the measurements for the little 6″ AG dolls, and measurements for the Made to Move Barbie.

First, let’s review my 6″ American Girl doll‘s official measurements from last week’s post:

  • Neck circumference… 5.3 cm
  • Neck to shoulder seam… 1.9 cm
  • Bust 9.6 cm
  • Collar to true waist… 3.5 cm
  • Underarm to true waist… 1.6 cm
  • Sleeve inseam (underarm to cuff)… 4.4 cm
  • Sleeve from shoulder seam to cuff… 4.5 cm
  • Sleeve circumference (upper arm bicep)…  3.7 cm
  • Waist … 9 cm
  • Hip circumference… 9.8 cm
  • Pants inseam (crotch to just below the ankle bone)… 6 cm
  • Pants outseam (waist to just below the ankle bone)… 9 cm
  • Pants leg circumference (upper thigh)… 5.6 cm
  • Height not including hair… 6.5 inches or 16.5 cm
Here we see a Made-to-Move Barbie being measured for sewing purposes by the Chelly Wood doll sewist. In the background, the little 6" Kit Kittredge American Girl mini doll is sitting in Chelly Wood's office chair watching the two ladies take measurements with the tape measure. Diorama scene is a 1:6 scale sewing room, complete with a desk, cabinet (filled with fabrics), dress form, ironing board, and a little window. The website where this image comes from is ChellyWood.com, a website offering free printable pdf patterns for doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and sizes.
Please visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes.

And here are Made-to-Move Barbie‘s measurements in comparison:

  • Neck circumference… 4 cm
  • Neck to shoulder seam… 2.3 cm
  • Bust 12.3 cm
  • Collar to true waist… 5.8 cm
  • Underarm to true waist… 4.2 cm
  • Sleeve inseam (underarm to cuff)… 8.4 cm
  • Sleeve from shoulder seam to cuff… 8.8 cm
  • Sleeve circumference (hand at widest point)…  3.6 cm
  • Waist … 9.1 cm
  • Hip circumference… 12.6 cm
  • Pants inseam (crotch to just below the ankle bone)… 13.7 cm
  • Pants outseam (waist to just below the ankle bone)… 17.2 cm
  • Pants leg circumference (upper thigh)… 7.3 cm
  • Height not including hair… 28.5 cm or 11 and 1/8 inches

Did you notice who’s sitting in the background in that second photo? It’s the little 6″ AG doll, waiting for Mommy to get done being measured.

In last week’s blog post, blog follower “Erin” had a comment about articulation: “The important part is the dolls are fully articulated and pose well.”

I thought I’d show the little AG Mini in a seated position, so you can see that her legs aren’t especially flexible. She looks very cute, posed like that, but I wouldn’t say articulation is her strongest quality, as dolls go.

She’s still a lot of fun to dress up!

And did you notice that the Mommy doll (MTM Barbie) is wearing the red skirt from yesterday’s blog post? Yup! You can actually use this week’s skirt pattern to make your Barbie a mini-skirt.

I recommend adding a little lace to lengthen it though, just like you see in these photos. That way it won’t be too short.

One last thing… blog follower “Sue” made a recommendation, and I haven’t forgotten about it: “[I] would like to see a comparison of the 6″ ag doll and the… Kelly or Chelsea doll both in size and in a photograph as I sometimes mix and match patterns for these doll and with a little adjustment they seem to work. What do you think about this?”

I’m actually working on some patterns right now that I think may fit Chelsea. When I post them, I may re-visit your question for my #TapeMeasureTuesday feature. Thank you for the idea!

And to everyone, I want to say thanks for helping to promote my free patterns and tutorials by freely sharing any/all images from this website on social media! You guys have been great about that, and I truly appreciate it!

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