Let’s sew a pair of denim capris and a summer top for BFC Ink dolls w/free patterns @ ChellyWood.com #DollClothes #SewingPatterns

The photograph shows a BFC Ink 18 inch doll standing in what appears to be a doll-sized museum. In front of the doll is a bust of Shakespeare. Beside the doll, hanging on the wall, is a strange poster of pink pigs all piled up with a black background behind them. The name "Philip Levine" is displayed on the background, along with undecipherable words. The doll stands closer to the camera, and we can see that she's wearing handmade doll clothes. Her shirt is a pink reversible crop top tank top, and her pants are denim capris with an elastic waist. She also wears denim tennis shoes. The watermark says, "ChellyWood.com : free doll clothes patterns and tutorials."

Scroll down to the second set of bullets for the free PDF sewing patterns.

Today’s sewing patterns and tutorial videos will help you make the outfit shown at the top of this page.

You may have seen my recent pioneer dress tutorial video, which featured a doll I called “my niece, Emily.” The doll who played my niece in that video is actually a BFC Ink doll.

They’re no longer in production, but you can still buy a BFC Ink doll on eBay.

I love mine! They’re very articulated, which means they have lots of joints that move.

Today’s free printable PDF doll clothes sewing patterns will fit the following dolls:

  • 18-inch dolls like vintage Crissy* (but the shirt will be difficult to fit around the hair-knob on her back)
  • 18-inch BFC Ink dolls*

And here are the patterns and tutorial videos you’re looking for:

You’ll most likely  need 1/8 inch white elastic for making the capri pants (although 1/4 inch will work in a pinch). That link will take you to PensPins on Etsy, which is where I bought the elastic shown in today’s video.

Furthermore, it’s hard to find lightweight cotton denim that’s eco-friendly and thin enough for making doll clothes, but I managed to find some on Etsy. Their shop is low in stock, though, so you might want to buy yours quickly. This link will take you to a cotton-hemp blend fabric that’s lightweight enough for making doll clothes, and it’s sold by the Eco-Friendly Textile Company.

I bought a yard for myself, so I think when I design a pair of longer jeans for Crissy dolls, I’ll use this stuff. It looks fantastic!

I’ve asked Amanda at EcoFriendlyTextilesCo if she has any additional remnants she can sell me. I’d really like to start buying more fabric that doesn’t harm the earth. So watch for future blog posts about that.

What about that adorable London Print fabric? I bought it a while ago, and I haven’t been able to find it anywhere since then. However you should be able to buy a similar fabric on Etsy.

Are you wanting to buy some snaps instead of Velcro for your doll’s shirt? I recommend Dritz snaps size 1/0 or 2/0 for this reversible shirt project.

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This JPG image shows both the Ideal Crissy doll and the BFC Ink jointed dolls wearing a pair of denim capri-length pants. The dolls are displayed to the left of the actual pattern for sewing the capri pants. The pattern says, "Free capris pattern" and on the pattern itself, it offers the following guidelines: "cut 4 of cotton, denim, or cotton-poly-blend". There's a "Creative Commons Attribution" mark on the pattern itself, along with the watermark for ChellyWood.com, and the pattern also has written instructions for printing, measurement, and seam allowances.
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To honor the trademark rights of the doll companies mentioned in this blog post, I am including links to their websites here. Please feel free to visit their website and consider purchasing one or more of the dolls mentioned.

The Crissy family of dolls which includes dolls like vintage Crissy, Velvet, and other dolls, were produced by the Ideal Toy Corporation, which held the registered trademark for them. That company is no longer producing the dolls, and at the time of this blog post, no known company has purchased the trademark to re-produce these dolls. But if you wish to purchase one of these dolls, you can sometimes find them on eBay (see link in the first set of bullets).

MGA Entertainment is the company that produced the BFC Ink dolls, and it still holds the trademark rights to them (™). The BFC Ink dolls (aka Best Friends Club dolls) were in production, starting in 2009, but at the time of this blog post, they are no longer available in stores. You may be able to find a used one on eBay, though, if you’re thinking about collecting them (see link in the first set of bullets). These dolls can swap clothes with Crissy dolls, but their bodies are much more articulated. They have very lovely faces.

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