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Today’s costume is one of the earliest patterns I made for this website. In fact, the Renaissance hat was designed with the instructions on the pattern itself, sort of like how commercial patterns offer written instructions.
When I designed that hat, I was thinking I’d create written instructions for all the patterns I was going to design for my doll-version of Romeo and Juliet in stop motion. Of course, that didn’t turn out to be the case; instead, I ended up making tutorial videos for nearly all of the costumes I designed for the production.
This costume was worn a character akin to Peter (although he had an extra scene in my version of Romeo and Juliet that Peter doesn’t have in the original Shakespeare play). My Peter character also wore a pair of cloth boots, as you can see here:
As I recall, I wasn’t happy with the way those boots turned out, so I never released a pattern for them. Or if I did release a pattern for them, it has been lost among the various blog posts on this website.
I still own these boots, though, as you can see here:
I decided I didn’t like these boots because the cloth was slippery on my Kaiser doll stands, and while we were filming, I kept having slip-and-fall problems with the doll who played Peter. We’d be in the middle of the scene when Peter would just face plant! Ugh! So yeah… these were not my favorite boots.
However, as many of my regular followers may recall, I did end up designing nicer boots for Ken dolls, both for the doll who played Romeo, and for others. To see those boots, just go to my 12 inch male fashion doll page. (But those are not designed to fit Barbie, unfortunately.)
Anyway, that’s why there’s no pattern for the boots with today’s project. My Made-to-Move Barbie is wearing a pair of Liv doll boots, I believe, in this more recent photo:
Truthfully, the pants pattern drawn on today’s pattern isn’t all that fantastic either. You might want to use this one instead, since that pattern would also make a pair of trousers for a fashion doll but the more recent pattern is much prettier to look at!
And then I have some more bad news. The vest pattern is just the bodice without the dart, and using the back pieces as front pieces and the front pieces as back pieces. Again, it doesn’t have a tutorial, but you might be able to figure out how to fold bias tape to make the fringe at the bottom, if you watch how I added fringe to my Curvy Barbie crop top in this video.
Sorry I don’t have more to offer, but as I said, this outfit goes back to the very earliest days of this blog. At the time, I didn’t realize my blog was going to grow into a hub for free doll clothes patterns and tutorials.
To make today’s outfit, you’ll need cotton for the pants, tunic, hat, and the lining of the vest, flannel for the outer fabric of the vest, bias tape for the edging at the bottom of the vest, and embroidery floss for embellishing the costume. I used size 4/0 snaps for this costume as well.
Today’s patterns will fit these dolls:
Here are your free, printable PDF sewing patterns and tutorial videos for making the outfit shown at the top of this page:
- Free printable PDF sewing pattern for a Renaissance hat, vest, tunic, and pants
- Pants Tutorial (you don’t have to make them bi-colored, as you can see in the image provided here)
- Harlequin Top or Musketeer Tunic Tutorial
- Sword Tutorial Video
- Note: the hat’s tutorial is just a set of written instructions on the hat pattern itself.
- See instructions above for links to help you make the vest and boots.
Disclaimer/Credit/Affiliate Marketing Link:
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.
Queens of Africa dolls are products offered by the Slice by Cake company, which holds the trademark for them (™). They were designed by Taofick Okoya. Please visit the Queens of Africa website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys, books, and fashions.
Momoko dolls are products offered by Petworks, which holds the trademark for them (™). Please visit the Momoko Dolls website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys.
Barbie, MTM Barbie, Francie, and Vintage Barbie dolls are products offered by Mattel, which holds the registered trademark for them (™). Please visit the Mattel Toys website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys.
Liv dolls were products designed and distributed by the Spin Master company, which still makes dolls and toys today (although the Liv dolls are no longer in production at the time of this blog post). The Spin Master company held the trademark for the Liv Dolls (™). Please visit the Spin Master Toys and Games website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys and games. Please be aware that the Chelly Wood animated doll is a Spin Master Liv doll that has been re-painted and had its wig colored to appear to look like the real doll clothing designer, Chelly Wood. This was done as a creative project by Chelly’s daughters, and the Spin Master Toys and Games company was not involved in the doll’s makeover in any way.
Disney Princess dolls are products offered by the Disney corporation, which holds the trademark for them (™). Please visit the Disney Toys website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys.