Scroll down to the second set of bullets for the free PDF sewing patterns.
Today’s tutorial video shows you how to sew a pair of overalls for vintage Velvet dolls from Ideal Toy Corp. According to Wikipedia, Velvet is the 15 inch cousin of 18 inch Ideal Crissy dolls, but when taking my own measurements, I’ve found Velvet to be closer to a 16 inch doll.
That’s why, in the video at the top of this page, I mention that you’ll need to take about an inch off the length of these overalls patterns, if you want to make them for Wellie Wishers.
This pattern isn’t for the beginners out there because it uses a yoke. I thought about giving it five flowers, on my difficulty scale, but I went with four flowers because you don’t have to use any special tools or buy notions that are uncommon, in order to make these.
However my tutorial video — which took me about seven hours to make, if you include the sewing steps, the photography, and the videography — ended up with a major glitch. When I cut out my back pieces, I used a prototype pattern.
Because of that, I discovered that my tutorial photographs show the back pieces opposite of the finalized pattern pieces. Ugh!
It won’t matter with the front section, which is pictured below, but it will be really confusing to you if you’re a beginner, when you see that my garment pieces for the back section are opposite of your own!
I’m really sorry about that glitch, but after seven hours and two tries (I made a red pair of overalls and then later a blue pair), I decided to just get the tutorial and patterns published so I could move on to something else!
Sometimes, instead of (as my mother would say) “fiddle-farting around” with a sewing project for the “ump-teenth time” it’s better to call it good and walk away.
So yeah, it’s not for beginners. And yes, I probably should have given it five flowers. If you want to learn how my flower system works, by the way, just click here.
That’s really all you need.
Today’s free printable PDF doll clothes sewing patterns will fit the following dolls:
- 14-inch Hearts for Hearts Girls*
- 14 and a half-inch Wellie Wishers* from American Girl doll company*
- 15 and a half-inch vintage Velvet dolls from the Crissy family of dolls
- 18-inch dolls like vintage Crissy*
*The dolls with an asterisk are able to fit into the torso of the overalls, but the length will need some alterations. Watch the video for guidelines.
And here are the patterns and tutorial videos you’re looking for:
- Click here to print the free, PDF sewing patterns for making Velvet’s overalls
- The tutorial for making the overalls is found at the top of the page
- Click here to print the pattern for the short-sleeved top Velvet’s wearing in my photos (use the V-neck pattern)
- Click here for the tutorial video showing how to make the shirt
- How to do a whipstitch
- How to sew snaps on fabric
- How to choose fabric
- How to press seams open, using a hot iron
- How to use selvage
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Disclaimer/Credit/Affiliate Marketing Link:
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 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.
The Crissy family of dolls which includes dolls like vintage Crissy, Velvet, and other dolls, were produced by the Ideal Toy Corporation, which held the registered trademark for them. That company is no longer producing the dolls, and at the time of this blog post, it looks like Mattel currently owns the trademark for Crissy (although to my knowledge, they are not producing them). If you wish to purchase one of these dolls, you can sometimes find them used, in good condition, on eBay (see link in the first set of bullets).