How cute are those little overalls?
I’ve been feeling inspired to design a sewing pattern for making a pair of doll-sized overalls, but I’m not sure which doll(s) I want to make them for.
Lately I’ve been sewing a lot of teeny-tiny stuff for my niece’s 6 inch Elsa and 5 inch Anna dolls. That’s one option, but they seem awfully tiny for the project. It’s not impossible to make overalls for them, I’m just starting to get kind of tired of working with them.
It might be fun to make overalls for a little bit bigger doll.
The construction of overalls can happen in a couple of different ways.
By looking at this old Butterick 6508 Cabbage Patch Doll clothes pattern, I can see that they’ve used elastic with a casing at the back with crisscrossed straps that flip around to the front. But I’m not sure I want to use that method.
Instead, I might want to create an X-shaped back for my overalls — you know, design the back as one piece that turns into straps at the shoulder blades.
And I’m wondering whether I want to use a baby doll — perhaps Baby Alive? — or maybe a fashion doll like Barbie.
These chunky little Cabbage Patch dolls look awfully cute in overalls, so Baby Alive would probably look pretty adorable in overalls too.
I’ve also thought about designing them to fit vintage Velvet or Crissy dolls, when I think about how popular overalls were back in the 1970’s, when those dolls were super popular.
I’ll be consulting my Butterick 6508 Cabbage Patch Doll clothes patterns for ideas, but feel free to offer your own ideas in the comments section below, as well.
Which doll should I design overalls for? Should I do overall shorts? Overall pants? An overalls skirt? And should I do regular straps or a crisscross back section?
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