What are the best patterns for Fashion Doll capes? #DollClothesPatterns #ToyCollectors

In this photograph, we see the Chelly Wood doll (a repainted Spin Master Liv doll that looks like the real doll clothing designer Chelly Wood) holding up vintage Simplicity doll clothes pattern number 8466, which was published in 1969. The pattern offers the following outfits to fit Barbie sized fashion dolls of the time: View 1: a sleeveless dress with high lace collar and a ruffle; view 2: a sleeveless dress with fringe at the bottom in imitation of a Native American style mini skirt; view 3: a bell sleeved mini skirt dress; view 4: a ball gown with empire waist and straps; view 5 a short sleeved turtle neck shirt with mini skirt and vest; view 6: the same mini skirt and short sleeved turtle neck are shown with a blue cape over the top; view 7: bell bottom pants with an elastic waist and a sleeveless shirt that has a buckle style open back.
Please visit ChellyWood.com for free printable sewing patterns for making clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes.

It’s fall, so we need to keep our little dolls warm. A coat is easy enough to make, but capes are usually even easier!

You’ll notice, that in the image of Simplicity 8466 above, there’s an adorable cape pattern for fashion dolls. It’s short (hip-length), made of bright blue fabric, and appears to have a red ribbon for its trim.

But if you’re looking for more of a floor-length medieval-style cape, I recommend vintage Simplicity 8281. Both of these capes are fine for beginners.

What I like about them both is the fact that they tie at the neck, using a ribbon. So simple!

The photo shows a close-up of the cover of a Simplicity 8281 fashion doll clothes pattern. The following outfits are pictured in the artwork shown here: View 1 is a wedding dress with ruffle and veil; view 2 shows a floor-length cape with lace trim; view 2 also shows a tank top with layered long skirt; view 3 shows the same tank top with a pair of pants; view 4 shows a cottage core style dress with a ruffle and short, strappy bodice; view 5 shows a wrap-around skirt with a raglan-sleeved dressy shirt that has side darts; view 7 shows sweat (athletic) pants and an athletic jacket with collar; and view 6 shows a long-sleeved T-shirt with a vest and gaucho pants (referred to on the pattern as "culottes").
Please visit ChellyWood.com for free printable PDF sewing patterns and tutorial videos for making doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes.

Then we have the McCall’s 6420 cape (below), which has tiny slits for your fashion doll’s hands to poke through. That’s a little trickier to make, but I still say, even with that alteration, this cape is relatively easy to make.

This is a close-up image of a McCall's Barbie doll clothes pattern (number 6420, which has the copyright 1962 on the envelope. The patterns shown include a black tux with bow tie for Ken, a wedding dress with hat and veil for Barbie, a ballet or ice skating dress for Barbie (with a cone shaped hat), a pajama with bloomers for Baribe, a dress with 3/4 length sleeves and a turtle neck for Barbie, and a cape with hat for Barbie. You can learn more about this vintage Barbie pattern from McCall's by visiting ChellyWood.com and clicking on the category "Old Patterns from Chelly's Collection" in the list of categories on the side margin.
Please visit ChellyWood.com for free printable sewing patterns for making doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes.

Another cape that can be a bit challenging is the one below.

The image shows the Chelly Wood doll holding up a McCall's Crafts sewing pattern which displays the finished projects of a Barbie sized wedding dress, various pants and shirts, a cape, and evening gowns. The article that goes with this image offers advice for buying sewing patterns for making doll clothes, using the eBay auction platform. Please visit ChellyWood.com for additional sewing ideas plus free printable sewing patterns and tutorial videos for making doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes.
Please visit ChellyWood.com for free printable sewing patterns and tutorial videos for making doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes.

As you can see on the McCall’s Crafts 4400 doll clothes pattern, there’s a hood, but honestly, hoods aren’t that tricky to make. The tricky part is getting it to drape over the shoulder, as shown on the cover art. The smaller the doll is, the less the clothes will drape like that.

Of course it helps to use jersey fabric instead of heavy cotton, but it’s still difficult sometimes to find a jersey fabric that’s lightweight enough for your dolls.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention McCall’s 3429, which appears below:

The image is of a McCall's 3429 teen fashion doll sewing pattern from 1972. The sketches of dolls on the cover of this pattern are (top row left to right): a wedding dress, a yellow mini skirt dress with long sleeves, a red blouse with red and blue plaid trousers, a red-riding-hood cape, and (bottom row left to right) a blue body suit with purple wrap-around pants, a blue swimsuit (identical to the bodysuit), a red muumuu-like long dress, a green teddy style nightgown with bloomers, a red floral short sleeved blousy dress with a gathered waist, and a blue checkered pinafore (shown over the previously mentioned short-sleeved long dress with gathered waist). The pattern's package is yellowed with time and in very shabby condition, having torn edges and dogeared corners.
Please visit ChellyWood.com for free printable PDF sewing patterns and tutorial videos for making doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes.

As you can see, View F offers a short, Red Riding Hood-style cape. unfortunately, this cape pattern is missing in my pattern envelope, which I bought at a discounted price in a collection of bits-and-pieces patterns.

So I don’t have much to say about this particular pattern, except that it looks doggone cute!

Now of course I have a free cape pattern, here on ChellyWood.com, and you can find my hooded cape pattern and tutorial when you visit my historical costume and cosplay page. It looks like this:

Image of Barbie doll in Medieval cloak, holding a sword.
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A few of my older patterns have not yet been converted to PDFs; they’re still only available as JPG images that you can download and print that way.

But a while back I converted this cloak pattern to a PDF, for easier downloading and printing. It fits both Ken and Barbie, but I have not yet added it to the Ken cosplay costume gallery. Maybe I’ll get that done this week.

Most of the commercial patterns I display and talk about here on ChellyWood.com are also available for sale on eBay. However, if you’ve never purchased a pattern on eBay before, it’s a good idea to read the article I wrote called, “Tips for Buying Used Doll Clothes Patterns on eBay.” It will save you time, money, and will likely prevent buyer’s remorse.

And by the way, if you use the links I’ve provided to make your eBay purchase, this website will receive a small commission, which helps fund the ChellyWood.com website, so I can continue to provide you with all the free patterns and tutorial videos offered here.

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Maybe you already own some great commercial patterns, but you really wish you could alter them to look just a little different. If so, my Creative Spark class, “How to Alter Doll Clothes Patterns” may be just what you need to make your commercially designed patterns into the pattern you see in your imagination.

Are you worried that you won’t have time to take a course in doll clothes pattern alteration? You’ll be happy to learn that, for any class on Creative Spark, you don’t have to follow a schedule. Just sign up when you’re ready.

It’s a one-time fee for the course, and there’s no specific time limit to finish your course. You can just take your time and learn at the pace that suits you. So please go have a look at my paid courses on Creative Spark, using this link.

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3 thoughts on “What are the best patterns for Fashion Doll capes? #DollClothesPatterns #ToyCollectors

  1. My favorite cloak pattern is one that I used to make from an old Coats and Clark booklet, that contains patterns for knitted, crocheted and sewn clothing for male and female fashion dolls. I don’t know what your rules are for providing links, (I guess I should read your Privacy Policy page), but I recently found a download version on Etsy. One thing to be careful of. The first one I sent for did not have the patterns for the sewn outfits. I checked with a second seller before ordering. These are great for anyone who needs to make clothes for the original body Barbies.

      1. Yes, that is the pattern, although it was from a different shop and at a different price. My only caution is that to check with the seller first to make sure the sewing patterns are included. This is a nice pattern if you want your cape to have arm openings.

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