Make a ruffle-edged skirt and crop top for BFC Ink dolls w/free patterns @ #DollCollectors #DollClothesPatterns

A BFC Ink blond haired doll sits on a stool beside a 1970's style poster of a poet. The doll wears a turquoise blue crop top (sleeveless) with a matching skirt that has a one-inch ruffle running along the bottom of the skirt. The doll's black sneakers (on her feet) look a bit too big, and with the doll seated on her stool, she has her legs stretched out before her. The black and white sneakers and her turquoise blue striped socks appear overly large for the doll, with them sticking out toward the camera. The logo appears in the corner of this photo.
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You may be wondering about the poster in the photos I have posted today.

My daughters and I were at a writer’s conference in Portland, Oregon, a couple of years ago. A representative of the University of Arizona had a vendor’s booth there, and they were selling these old posters from the 1970’s.

My youngest daughter wanted me to buy her a couple of them for her room because they had such a “cool retro vibe going on.” When I found out they were only $5.00 a piece, I said, “Heck, let’s buy one of each!”

So I took a bunch of doll pictures that looked like the dolls were in a museum or waiting in the lobby of the Ruth Stephen Poetry Center. I really liked how these neat photos turned out!

A BFC Ink doll appears to be standing in some sort of theater hallway or a museum, with a poster of poet Denise Levertov hanging on the wall beside her. The poster of the poet shows the poet in bright pink on a green background, reaching into space as if giving a formal speech. The doll is leaning on one leg, as if waiting in the hallway for someone. Her little ruffled skirt dances across the tops of her knobby doll knees, and her ankle socks are loose above her black and white sneakers. Her handmade crop top is made of the exact same turquoise blue fabric as her ruffled skirt. The Chelly Wood logo appears in the corner of this image.
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And of course, the doll clothes were fun to make too. Today’s patterns have been available here, on, for several years now, but today’s blog post is the first one that connects the BFC Ink dolls with these patterns.

And please note that today’s shirt tutorial shows how to make the shirt reversible, so you may wish to choose a second color (or even a print) of cotton fabric for the lining of your shirt.

To make the pretty turquoise crop top and ruffled skirt combo, you’ll need a swatch (or two) of cotton  fabric, some 1/4 inch elastic for the skirt’s waistband, and some Velcro or snaps for the back of the shirt.

I made the socks that are pictured there too, and if you’d like to learn how, just click here.

Today’s free printable PDF skirt and shirt patterns will fit the following dolls:

And here are the patterns and tutorial videos you’re looking for:

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Here are some images of the skirt patterns for easy-pinning on Pinterest:

The pattern displayed on this page is designed to fit the 14-inch Hearts4Hearts Girl doll, the 15-inch Wellie Wisher doll, and the 16-inch Crissy/Velvet doll from Ideal (Crissy's cousin). This skirt pattern uses an elastic waist and can be sewn using cotton, polyester, denim, or other fabrics. It's a versatile pattern for dolls, fitting dolls of many shapes and sizes. The pattern is one of two free patterns which must be cut out and taped together before you use the pattern for making a doll's "schoolgirl" style skirt for back to school. These and many other patterns are free at, as they use the "creative commons attribution" symbol.
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The image shows a printable rectangular skirt pattern for dolls that measure 14 inches, 15 inches, or 16 inches tall. This skirt pattern is called the "short schoolgirl pattern" for dolls, and it's one of two patterns that have been designed to fit any number of different dolls that range in size between the American Girl company's Wellie Wisher doll size and the Hearts for Hearts girl dolls. There's a photograph of three different dolls wearing this skirt after it has been sewn using this sewing pattern for the "schoolgirls' short skirt": the Velvet doll from the Crissy doll line, the Consuelo doll from the Hearts4Hearts Girls, and Kendall from American Girl's Wellie Wisher line of dolls. This simple-to-sew elastic waist skirt pattern comes in two pieces which you must print, cut out, and tape together. This free pattern (pattern 1 from the two patterns required) also includes a pattern for making doll sandals to fit dolls in this 14" to 16" height range. The sandal measures 2 inches or 5 cm from heel to toe. It's one and one-quarter inches across at the widest point of the foot (3.2 cm). The sandal craft project uses black foam, another color of foam to form the sole, and either a ribbon or bias tape to form the strap. You could also use colored elastic to form the strap. This pattern is marked with "Creative Commons Attribution" which means you should acknowledge where the pattern came from if you wish to use it. The pattern also offers a watermark of the website, where you can also find tutorial videos showing you how to make the skirt and the sandals.
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If you’ve ever had a shirt turn out to be too tight for your doll after you’ve sewn it, then my Creative Spark class, “How to Alter Doll Clothes Patterns” on the Creative Spark platform could help you.

Once you sign up for one of my courses on Creative Spark, the class’s videos will remain open for you to view over and over again. There’s no specific time limit to your course. You can just take your time and learn at the pace that suits you.

So if you have a birthday coming up, or maybe for Christmas this year (for those of you who celebrate it), consider asking your family to give you a learning experience instead of physical objects as gifts…


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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 Disney Princess Toddler 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.

The Hearts for Hearts Girls, Dolls and Games are owned by the Playmates Company International, which holds the registered trademark for these toys. It should be noted, that for each H4H doll purchased, the Hearts for Hearts company donates a portion of their proceeds to World Vision, a global humanitarian organization.

The Wellie Wishers and the 18 inch American Girl dolls mentioned in this blog post 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.

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.

2 thoughts on “Make a ruffle-edged skirt and crop top for BFC Ink dolls w/free patterns @ #DollCollectors #DollClothesPatterns

  1. Hi, Chelly.
    Somehow I am just seeing that you do patterns for BFC Ink dolls. I don’t have one but have purchased the patterns for my 16″ A Girl for All Time since they are both hard-bodied dolls and the girth measurements are pretty close. I will be checking out all the BFC Ink patterns just in case I missed any.

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