Back in June, I did a review of this Mattel Advance Sew Easy pattern number 2895, with a focus on the wedding dress and veil. Today I’m going to look at the Barbie gloves.
Every now and then, I’ve gotten requests in my in-box for designing Barbie gloves or mittens. I’d like to be able to tell you that this Mattel Advance doll clothes pattern number 2895 has patterns for making gloves and mittens, but unfortunately I can’t recommend this pattern for that purpose.
This particular pattern from my collection was a gift from a friend, and although it appears to offer a long glove in View 4 and an Easter-style shorter glove in View 2, I can’t confirm that it does actually have the glove patterns… because my pre-cut pattern is incomplete.
However I can always give a person advice on how to make a pair of gloves for Barbie sized fashion dolls.
If I wanted to sew a pair of gloves for Barbie, I would lay her down on a piece of paper, trace around her arm and hand without paying particular attention to the thumb.
That would give me a shape like this:
Then I would add a temporary seam allowance, all the way around the hand shape:
Next I would add a “cut line” to mark where the thumb would have its own ingress:
The next thing I’d do is adjust for seam allowances between the thumb and fingers:
Then I’d finalize all seam markings:
The only accommodation you’d have to consider when designing the longer “evening gown” style of glove, would be this: a doll’s upper arm will most likely be a bit wider than the doll’s wrist, so there would have to be some tapering, as you can see here:
Now a person could potentially design a glove or mitten for any size doll, following these standard steps, but if you wanted to just print my images, you’d need to re-size them for your dolls, of course.
And I haven’t tested these pattern prototypes, so I can’t promise you they will work. I’m just musing here about how I would design a doll’s glove, if I wanted to design one.
I recommend using white jersey fabric for your gloves, though, if you actually do want to give this project a try, because jersey will offer extra stretch-ability to make sure they fit somewhat like the ones shown in View 4 of the Mattel Advance doll clothes pattern number 2895.
But that’s a project to post here another day. 😉
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