Meet Judy Littlechap!
She’s a 13 inch doll, and I recently found her at my local Goodwill store.
Back in January, someone named Christine C. asked me if I was planning to post any patterns for the new 13 inch “My First Barbie,” and I told her that I didn’t have any plans to that effect.
And then I ran across Judy Littlechap, who will likely be able to swap clothes with the new 13 inch Barbie — what a find! (And yes, I whipped up that little swimsuit she’s wearing, so she can meet all of you with some modesty…)
The Littlechap family of dolls was only in production for one year — 1963 — before they were discontinued, but there was a whole lineup of fashions designed for them. I’d like to design some clothes that would have suited this pretty little doll back in the early 1960’s.
So I rifled through some of my old patterns to seek inspiration. My first thought was to make her a poodle skirt, like the one you see in the lower right corner of this McCall’s Crafts 5462 pattern from the 1980’s:
In spite of her height, Judy is actually the teenage daughter of the Littlechaps, and the mom doll, Lisa Littlechap is taller than Judy! So a poodle skirt seemed like a good choice for a teenager.
But then I read online that Judy Littlechap was supposed to look sort of like Jackie Kennedy.
I can see that. Right?
But I can’t see Jackie Kennedy in a poodle skirt.
I think of Jackie Kennedy as wearing classy dresses like the one in View 4 below (the one with the wide white collar in my Barbie Around-the-Clock Wardrobe Pattern 2896):
Or maybe I could create a jacket-and-dress combo like the one in View 2 from my Barbie Trousseau Wardrobe 2895 pattern, for Judy Littlechap. What do you think? That would certainly look classy, if I used the right fabrics.
I looked for some of Judy’s original clothes on eBay, and she did have a plaid pleated skirt with a Girl Scout-ish top, so the skirt in View A below might help me design something similar. This is a modern revival of vintage Simplicity pattern number 5785.
I also like the black plaid dress in View E above, but I’m not fond of those sleeves. They look sort of spacey, like they belong in Star Wars or something. They’re not very 1960’s-ish, if you ask me.
Of course my Tammy doll clothes pattern number 4883 has some good choices. I can see Judy Littlechap wearing a pair of pedal pushers with a crop top, like the set shown in View 4 below.
My Simplicity 5731 Tressy doll clothes pattern set has some great choices too. That red coat is ultra 1960’s! And I can totally picture Judy in the matching red dress with a V-neck.
Now that I look at it again, the skirt-and-top ensemble in View 6 would really look good on her too. They have a sort of schoolgirl theme going on with that ensemble, and I like it.
And then we come to my Simplicity 4510 doll clothes wardrobe. Judy didn’t have a boyfriend — sadly the dolls were discontinued before she could meet someone and fall in love! So I don’t think we’ll need a wedding dress for her.
But I do like that skirt and top in View 2 of this pattern. I’m not sure if that’s supposed to be a top or a jacket, but either way, it has a Jackie Kennedy vibe going on.
What are your thoughts? If you were going to design some outfits for Judy Littlechap, what outfits would inspire your creation? Please leave a comment!
And oh! Hey! Christine C., if you’re reading this, just in case these upcoming patterns do fit the 13 inch Barbie dolls, let me know what you’d like me to design for 13 inch fashion dolls!
I can always resize my regular-sized Barbie patterns to fit Judy (a skill I’ll be sharing in my new Creative Spark course, by the way — How to Design Doll Pants Patterns). But I’ll more than likely just take the patterns out of their envelopes and use them as templates, building my own patterns off of a sloper, like I teach people to do in my new Creative Spark course.
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Back in the 60s, when I was a teen, I made myself a jumper like the one in view 2 of the Tressy Doll pattern. Somewhere I even have a school picture where I was wearing it. I made it out of a dark blue and royal blue plaid and wore it with a medium blue cuffed short sleeved blouse (no ruffles), which I also made. I sewed most of my own clothes in high school and It was one of my favorite outfits. Low scoop neck and deep v neck jumpers were very popular at the time. I also made a V-neck jumper (probably the same pattern with an alternate neckline. It was a beige and brown lightweight wool and I usually wore that one with a round neck or turtle neck sweater.
Oooh! I love these ideas! Thank you, BetteAnn!
What a great find! Yes, she definitely looks like Jackie Kennedy!😊💖She needs a youthful, yet demure wardrobe.
Maybe the fur coat from McCalls 5462
The PJs (1) and the top and slacks (6) from Barbie 2896
The checked shirtwaist (3) and the green sheath dress (5) from Barbie 2895
All of Simplicity 5785, except the black and white formal (g) and the ruffly white blouse (c)
The formal (2) and the capri set (4) from Simplicity 4883
All of Simplicity 5731, except the frilly housecoat and (if the pattern is included) the frilly blouse of 2
The swimsuit & topper (5), the off the shoulder dress (3) and the formal (6) from Simplicity 451—
Definitely get rid of that hideous swimsuit she’s wearing! 😄
LOL! Yes, I made that swimsuit as a sort of “placeholder” so she wouldn’t appear nude on my website. But I’ve already made her a more period-correct lovely swimsuit as a substitute.
I had Barbie Advance 2895 out over the weekend, and I was trying to imagine her in these dresses. I also really like that black and white check dress from the Simplicity 5785, but I’m not sure the sleeves will look right on this doll. I’m definitely going to take that pattern out of the envelope though, and give it a closer look.