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As we inch toward Easter, it’s time to start your springtime craft projects, so today I’m posting this adorable skirt and shirt combo for little tiny 5 inch vintage Strawberry Shortcake dolls.
To make today’s little white cotton shirt, you’ll of course need some solid white 100% cotton fabric and a few tiny size 4/0 snaps.
And to make the skirt, you’ll need some small print cotton fabric and 1/8 inch elastic.
When sewing a project this small, it’s best to sew by hand, in my humble opinion. For a hand-stitching, you might want to purchase some very small hand stitching needles (Dritz size 10 “betweens” is what I recommend).
If you’re not sure why I recommend sewing this tiny outfit by hand, it might help to read this blog post called “Why don’t my seams match up?”
Which dolls will fit today’s 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)
- vintage Strawberry Shortcake 5 inch (13 cm) dolls (it fits loosely)
- vintage Strawberry Shortcake toddler dolls (4 inches or 10 cm tall — again it fits loosely)
- some dollhouse-sized dolls (1:12 scale)
- Disney’s Anna mini toddler dolls
- Disney’s Elsa mini toddler dolls
Here are the free patterns and tutorial videos for making this shirt:
- Free PDF printable doll clothes sewing pattern for shirt (use View C shirt patterns)
- Tutorial video showing how to make this shirt
- Here’s the free, printable PDF sewing pattern for making the skirt (use the shorter of the two)
- Here’s the tutorial video for making the skirt
- How to do a whipstitch
- How to sew snaps on fabric
- How to do a backstitch
- How to pull elastic through a casing
- How to use a needle threader
- How to do a basic straight stitch (helpful for beginners, just learning to sew by hand)
Okay, but what if you want a cotton shirt with long sleeves? That’s not too hard if you sign up for, my Creative Spark class, “How to Alter Doll Clothes Patterns,” which is available on the Creative Spark platform. You can sign up any time you want!
In my class on Creative Spark, you’ll learn how to lengthen and shorten sleeves, how to lengthen and shorten the bodice portion of the shirt, and even how to re-size patterns — yes! You can take a bigger doll’s pattern, for example, and shrink it down to fit Strawberry Shortcake with the skills you learn in “How to Alter Doll Clothes Patterns!” How cool is that?
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Also note that I am not affiliated with any of the doll or miniatures companies mentioned in this post, but to honor their trademark rights, I am including links to their websites in the section below. Please feel free to visit their website and consider purchasing one or more of the dolls mentioned here.
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.
Lottie dolls are manufactured and designed by Arklu (Ireland) Ltd., in Donegal, Ireland, and Arklu holds the registered trademark (™) for them in the US. Lottie dolls are distributed in the USA by Schylling, Inc. These dolls are distributed in the UK, Ireland, France, and Italy by Bigjigs Toys Ltd. Visit Lottie.com to learn more about these wonderful toys that were inspired by kids.