Scroll down to the second set of bullets for the free PDF sewing patterns.
Today I’m giving you the free, printable PDF sewing patterns for making a medieval or Renaissance cloak that will fit Mattel’s Ken dolls and many other dolls in this size range.
My Texas A&M Ken wears this cloak in my stop motion video, Romeo and Juliet with Dolls, which is free to watch on my YouTube channel, ChellyWood1. I’m getting ready to post Act IV of this video, in celebration of having reached 10,000 followers!
So please take a moment to share Romeo and Juliet with Dolls with an English teacher you know! Help spread the word that this fantastic free resource exists for English and literature teachers, as well as Shakespeare fans and doll lovers.
In the stop-motion video, my Romeo character wears a black version of the cloak in the tomb scene (shown at the top of this page) and a brown version of the cloak in the “farewell” scene with Juliet. Here’s a photo of Romeo’s brown cloak from Romeo and Juliet with Dolls on a new Ken doll that I recently bought:
I’ve posted today’s cloak pattern here before, in the Barbie section, but this is the first time I’ve pointed out that you can also use this cloak pattern for Ken dolls. So you may remember me posting this image:
And yes, I have a tutorial that shows you how to make the swords as well. Just look in the pattern-and-tutorial section below for that.
These Renaissance faire-type of patterns and tutorial videos date back to the earliest stages of my website, so the film quality isn’t as good as my more modern tutorial videos. So please be forgiving!
But if you decide you’d like to make a Renaissance or medieval cloak for your Ken (or other male fashion dolls or action figures), you will need solid-colored flannel fabric on the outside (for that fuzzy look that keeps my doll looking all cozy-warm) and cotton fabric for the lining.
You may have noticed that I cut the brown cloak’s flannel fabric in such a way, that it left the natural fringe-like selvage to create a faux-fringe edge.
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) Ken dolls with muscular body (1968 to 1980’s versions)
- 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
And here are the patterns and tutorial videos you’re looking for:
- Pattern for making a Renaissance cloak or medieval cloak for fashion dolls (male and female) or action figures
- Tutorial video showing how to make the cloak
- How to make 1:6 scale swords (scroll down a bit for the tutorial video)
- How to do a whipstitch
- How to do a backstitch
- How to gather fabric
- How to do a basic straight stitch
- How to use bias tape (for the cloak’s collar)
- How to choose fabric
- How to tie a knot using a needle and thread
- How to use selvage
- How to attach ribbon to doll clothes (the black cloak uses ribbon instead of bias tape for the collar)
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Disclaimer/Credit/Affiliate Marketing Link:
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.
Tammy’s Dad dolls were part of Ideal’s “Tammy” family of dolls. The Ideal Toy Corporation no longer exists, but you can learn more about the dolls they became famous for at the Doll Reference website.
Ever After High, all Ken dolls, 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.