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Here we go again with another costume that I designed for my stop-motion video, Romeo and Juliet with Dolls. Like the others, this pattern is an older one, so there are no seam allowances drawn on the edges of the patterns. The seam allowances DO exist though, so you don’t have to add the seam allowances, in other words.
This is the first time I’ve provided this pattern in PDF format.
This one’s a little easier to make than yesterday’s Romeo costume, but it’s not easy by any stretch of the imagination. I’ve given these patterns four flowers on my difficulty scale.
And if you look at the image below, you’ll see my Friar is wearing a pair of “Jesus” sandals. I’ve got the instructions and patterns for making them in this pattern set too!
If you haven’t seen my Romeo and Juliet with Dolls video series, I highly recommend that you set aside some time to view it. Again, I’m very proud of this creation — a stop-motion video of the Shakespearean classic.
Okay, so let’s talk about what you’ll need to buy, if you want to make this “Friar Laurence” robe for your Ken dolls or similar sized fashion dolls…
To make the garments, you’ll need two natural-colored solid cotton fabrics, one for the lining, and one for the outer garment. I picked a sort of tan color for the outer fabric, for mine, but I could have chosen grey or brown. My lining is made with off-white cotton fabric.
For the sandals, you’ll need flannel fabric, thin craft foam and embroidery floss. I also used the embroidery floss to make a braided belt, from which I hung his miniature rosary.
I just used seed beads and a little cross pendant to make the rosary.
Before you start this project, I have a correction to make… The sleeve pattern says “cut 2” but it should say “cut 4” instead. You’ll need 2 sleeves in the color of the outer garment and 2 sleeves in the color of the lining fabric. That makes a total of 4 sleeves.
Today’s free printable PDF patterns will fit the following dolls or action figures:
- 11 3/4 inch (29.8 cm) Ever After High male dolls*
- 12 inch (30 cm) Ken dolls (modern)
- 12 inch (30 cm) Articulated Ken dolls
- 12 inch (30 cm) Jake dolls (Spin Master)*
- 12 inch (30 cm) Regular Fashionista Ken dolls
- 12 inch (30 cm) vintage Ken dolls (crew cut Ken and Allen)
- 13 inch (33 cm) Tammy’s Dad vintage dolls
*These dolls’ heads do not fit in the hood properly, but the robes will fit them — I’m talking about the dolls listed above that have an asterisk by them.
And here are the patterns and tutorial videos you’re looking for:
- Free printable PDF sewing pattern for a “Friar Laurence” costume to fit 12 inch male fashion dolls
- Tutorial video showing how to make the hood AND how to make the robes
- Tutorial for making the sandals is a written tutorial only, and it’s available with the patterns, as part of the PDF
Please make note of the cutting correction above. It’s in bold print letters. There’s a mistake in the pattern, so I wanted to point this out.
These are, as I’ve said before, some of my oldest tutorial videos, so I wasn’t using expensive video-making software to make them. Please excuse the very basic quality of the tutorial videos.
If you’re looking for a pattern that’s slightly different than the one I’m offering here, you might want to think about taking my Creative Spark class, “How to Alter Doll Clothes Patterns,” which is available on the Creative Spark platform. You can sign up any time you want!
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To honor the trademark rights of the doll and action figure 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.
GI Joe and Action Man action figures are owned and distributed by Hasbro Pulse, which holds the registered trademark for these toys (™). Please visit the Hasbro Toy website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys. This link will also help you find Action Man figures specifically, and those figures are still distributed throughout the United Kingdom.
Broad Ken, the WWE wrestler action figures and the Endless Hair Princess Barbie 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.
Tonner fashion dolls are products that were once offered by the Tonner doll company, which held the registered trademark for them (™), but it is no longer in business. However you can still learn about this company’s history on Wikipedia and purchased used dolls from eBay.