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:
- Here’s my PDF sewing pattern for the capris
- The tutorial video for making these capri pants
- Here’s the free PDF sewing pattern for the reversible cotton summer top
- The tutorial video for making the reversible summer top
- Here’s my tutorial for making a casing (which I mention in the capri pants video)
- Here’s my tutorial for doing a whipstitch
- This helpful tutorial will show you how to mix and match fabrics using the guide on a swatch of selvage
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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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.