Are you looking for the patterns? Scroll down to the second set of bullets.
Today’s free pattern is a slightly adapted version of the patterns I’ve already made (and posted) for my Anna and Elsa Disney Princess mini dolls. As you’ll see in the first bulleted list, these patterns will fit lots of teeny-tiny dolls, but today they are being modeled by my vintage 1970’s Strawberry Shortcake dolls.
You’ll notice in the image above, that one skirt is slightly longer than the other. The only difference, really, is that a.) I sewed the green one by hand and b.) I used a double-fold hem for the orange Halloween skirt while I used a single-fold hem for the green Christmas skirt.
The single-fold hem creates a slightly longer hemline, of course, but on a very teeny-tiny doll, like my little five-inch vintage Strawberry Shortcake dolls, that difference looks significant:
When you use a sewing machine, you’re usually not as careful as you are when sewing by hand, so my Halloween skirt (which I sewed on my sewing machine) looks quite a bit shorter than the Christmas skirt does. This is doubly true since I used a double-fold hem instead of the single-fold hem, when making my orange Halloween skirt.
Of course you don’t have to use holiday fabric at all! Be creative and use whatever fabric you happen to have a teeny-tiny swatch of!
You’ll also need a bit of elastic cord.
With elastic cord, you don’t need to run a safety pin through the casing, like I show in many of my elastic-waist-skirt tutorials. Usually you can just push the elastic cord through the casing to the other side, cut it a little too long, and tie it in a knot at the opening of the casing.
And while we’re on the subject of elastic-waist skirt tutorial videos, please be aware that the video in the second set of bullets below shows how to make a similar skirt for a different doll, but the steps for sewing this little skirt are basically the same.
Which dolls will fit these doll clothes?
- 6″ classic Breyer Rider dolls (1:12 scale)
- Mattel’s Chelsea dolls (5.5 inches or 13.5 cm)
- Mattel’s Kelly dolls (4 inches or 10 cm)
- Mattel’s vintage Heart Family baby doll (4 inches tall)
- 6-inch Enchantimals dolls (15 cm)
- vintage Strawberry Shortcake 5 inch (13 cm) dolls
- vintage Strawberry Shortcake toddler dolls (4 inches or 10 cm tall)
- some dollhouse-sized dolls (1:12 scale)
- Disney’s Anna mini toddler dolls
- Disney’s Elsa mini toddler dolls
Free patterns and tutorial videos for making this outfit:
- Free printable PDF sewing pattern for the skirt (use skirt View A)
- Tutorial showing how to make an elastic-waist skirt (please note: this video shows a pattern for a bigger doll, but the steps are generally the same — just be sure to look back at the instructions at the top of this blog post for details about using elastic cord)
- Free printable PDF sewing pattern for the cotton short-sleeved shirt (use View C patterns)
- Tutorial showing how to make a cotton short-sleeved shirt for tiny dolls
- How to do a whipstitch
- How to sew snaps on fabric
- How to do a backstitch
- How to gather fabric
- How to pull elastic through a casing
- How to use a needle threader
- How to do a basic straight stitch
- How to choose fabric
- How to tie a knot using a needle and thread
- How to press seams open, using a hot iron
For more of my free tutorials, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel, ChellyWood1.
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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.
Breyer dolls and horses are products offered by Breyer, which holds the registered trademark for them (™). Please visit the Breyer website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys.
Enchantimals, Kelly, Heart Family baby dolls, and Chelsea dolls 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.
Strawberry Shortcake dolls are products offered by Shortcake IP Holdings LLC, which holds the registered trademark for them (™). Please visit the Strawberry Shortcake website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys.
Disney’s Anna and Elsa mini 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.