The image above is of Simplicity craft pattern #4754, which includes wedding costumes (views A and B), villain costumes (views C and D), a witch costume (view E), a vampire costume (view F), and doctor/nurse costumes (views G and H) for Ken and Barbie-sized dolls.
Around this time of year, I often get requests for making “a witch costume for Barbie” or something along those lines. Since these patterns are available on eBay and in other locations, I generally shy away from re-inventing the wheel.
By the way, if you’re thinking about buying this Simplicity pattern #4754 used on eBay, I would recommend revisiting the blog post I did a while back, which offers tips for buying patterns online. (Click here for the link to that blog post.)
Now, in anticipation of those requests I get every October, let me say that over the years I have designed a few different patterns for my dolls, to celebrate Halloween. Here are a few, with links to the projects themselves…
There was the black cat costume, which fit Mattel’s Barbie and similar-sized fashion dolls:
If you’d like to make the Black Cat Halloween Costume for your 11.5 inch (29 cm) fashion dolls, click here for that free pattern and the tutorial videos that go with it.
I’ve also made a ninja costume for 11.5 inch (29 cm) fashion dolls, which you’ll see below:
Click here to go to the page where the ninja Halloween costume’s patterns and tutorials are offered.
I’ve also created a pirate costume for my Monster High, Ever After High, and the shorter 10-inch Disney Princess dolls. As you can see in the image below, it also fits the Project MC2 dolls:
If you are interested in making a pirate costume for your dolls, for Halloween, try this link for that free pattern. But please note that the costume shown above does not fit Barbie or any of the Barbie-sized fashion dolls (i.e. Momoko, Francie, vintage Barbie, etc…) because it’s designed to fit dolls with a more-slender-than-usual body.
This link will show how the pirate costume doll clothes look on various dolls.
I’ve also made a ghost costume for very small dolls like Mattel’s Chelsea and similar-sized dolls. Here’s that image:
And yes, I have the pattern for that adorable little pumpkin / jack-o-lantern candy bucket too. Here’s the link to that one, along with the instructions for turning the ghost costume into the cute little cactus costume you see below:
This link will take you to the Halloween jack o’lantern candy bucket’s tutorial and pattern, as well as the cat costume at the top of this blog post.
For Ken costumes, I recommend revisiting my gallery of historical costumes for male fashion dolls. Here’s a link to that gallery, for easy access.
But honestly, a lot of additional costumes can be made using the doll clothes I’ve designed for male fashion dolls. For example, I have a turtleneck sweater that I designed to fit Ken and other male fashion dolls, pictured below:
You could couple a green turtleneck with a green pair of pants and sandwich Ken between two plate-sized green felt circles with black lines on it, to make a turtle costume.
Or give him a yellow turtleneck with yellow pants and green and yellow hat to turn Ken into a banana for Halloween. How cute would that be?
There are lots of options. It’s up to you to imagine something wonderful!
Before I’m done, I’d like to say that most of these Halloween costume patterns that I’ve designed are older patterns on this website. Because of that, they don’t show the seams like my newer patterns do, but the seam allowance is included in them. (See image above for example.)
Also, my earlier patterns were only available as JPG images, but I would like to offer them for sale as printable PDF sewing patterns in my Etsy store. Would anyone be interested in buying them? Please feel free to leave a comment. Let me know what would be a fair price for the whole collection.
I’m going to research this further to see how time-consuming it would be to re-create them as a PDF.