About a month ago, I wrote a blog post with the title, “How do you stop obsessively thinking about your sewing projects?” In this post, I explained that I kept dreaming of red and white striped fabric, and I kept obsessing about sewing the little shirt from View 6 of my Simplicity 8281 Barbie doll clothes pattern.
But it’s never enough to just make an ordinary store-bought pattern for me. I’ve got to challenge myself! So I re-designed my western shirt for Breyer Rider 8 inch dolls, so that it could be a long-sleeved jersey-style tee shirt with stripes.
And Voilà! We have a new shirt with a brand new style for my little 8 inch Breyer Rider doll! Watch for these patterns and tutorials in the coming weeks!
You might think, “Why didn’t Chelly just re-size the Barbie pattern to fit a Breyer doll?”
Yes, that would have been a fun challenge too. I did think about that. After all, I have a formula for re-sizing patterns, which I share with my students in my “How to Alter Doll Clothes Patterns” course on the Creative Spark Online Learning website.
But sometimes I like to test my own patterns, just to make sure I’ve created PDFs that print correctly. And actually, I did discover that at least one of my Breyer doll clothes patterns was printing just a wee bit too large. I’m not sure why that is, and I’m still investigating that conundrum.
But yes, as you’ve probably hypothesized, I was definitely inspired by View 6 in the Simplicity 8281 doll clothes pattern.
I thought about designing a vest and culottes for my Breyer Rider. (That’s what we used to call them — these days I sometimes hear them called gauchos, but I think they’re pretty much the same thing.)
But instead, I created a new pants pattern that’s quite a bit wider at the bottom, than what has been in fashion recently.
As many of you know, I’m a school librarian in my “day job,” and I’ve noticed more and more girls wearing what they call “wide-leg jeans” that are reminiscent of the pants/jeans we wore, when I was in junior high school. So I thought it might be fun to re-design my Breyer Rider boot cut jeans to have a more retro-style wide leg.
And on the whole, I’m pretty pleased with how this outfit turned out.
The original red and white striped shirt from the Simplicity 8281 Barbie doll clothes pattern actually used a raglan style of sleeve; whereas my own pattern uses a regular sleeve, which attaches at the already-sewn shoulder.
The instructions below show how you would typically attach a raglan-style sleeve:
And since I like my doll clothes to be super durable, I usually create a lining for my dolls’ shirts, which is what I did with my little red and white striped number, for my Breyer Rider doll, even though Simplicity 8281 does not suggest using a lining.
So my own pattern was inspired by Simplicity 8281‘s view 6 shirt, but it was not a re-sized version of the same shirt. I try not to do that sort of “copycat” thing because it doesn’t seem ethical to me.
I’ve talked about the practice of copying patterns on this website before, and it’s a topic that comes into question from time to time in sewing and pattern design circles.
Now that I’ve created a wider leg for my boot cut pants or jeans pattern, I was able to easily put my Breyer Rider doll into a pair of big “rubber” boots that fit comfortably under her dark blue trousers.
In the picture below, she’s wearing a pair of rubber boots that were actually designed to fit Momoko dolls, which are much taller than Breyer Riders. But those red boots are so darned cute, I couldn’t help trying them on her!
Don’t you just love the details on those boots? Momoko’s footwear is, by far, the most intricately made of all the dolls’ shoes/boots I own.
But I digress…. We’ll have to talk about Momoko’s adorable rubber boots another day. They are worthy of an entire blog post, all on their own…
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.
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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.
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Chelly Wood and the ChellyWood.com website are not affiliated with the pattern company or companies mentioned in this blog post, but Chelly finds inspiration in the doll clothes designed by these pattern companies. To purchase patterns from Simplicity, McCall’s, Butterick, Vogue, or other pattern companies shown and discussed in this blog post, please click on the links provided here. These links below the “Disclaimer” section do not help raise money for this free pattern website; they are only offered to give credit to the company that made these patterns.