Learning to alter doll clothes patterns with Ideal Tammy Doll patterns #CollectibleDolls #TapeMeasureTuesday #DollClothesPatterns

The image shows a Tammy doll (from Ideal Toy Corp) together with a Spin Master Liv doll holding up a vintage Simplicity pattern for making Tammy doll clothes. This photo illustration is used for a display on ChellyWood.com, where the exact sewing measurements for the vintage Tammy doll are given.
Please visit ChellyWood.com for free printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes.

What we now call Ideal Toy Corporation’s vintage Tammy dolls was the original fashion doll, back when the idea of a “fashion doll” was still pretty new. She was called, “The doll you love to dress!”

The image above shows my Tammy doll and the Chelly doll holding up vintage Simplicity pattern 4883 for sewing a wardrobe to fit Tammy dolls. This pattern (not this exact one, but one identical to it) was the first doll clothes pattern I ever owned, and I used it to make each of the doll clothes shown on the front of the pattern.

I didn’t actually own a Tammy doll at the time, so I had to learn how to take a doll’s measurements and use them to alter the patterns. That way I could create the same outfits, but for a different doll. In sewing terms, we call that “making alterations.”

I remember how challenging (but fun) it was to make pattern alterations, even though we’re going back a ways to search my 50-something-year-old brain for memories of being in the 6th grade. Yep, that’s how old I was when I first learned to make pattern alterations.

And you have to have doll body measurements to make those alterations.

So if you like to sew for Ideal’s Tammy, you may find these Tammy doll measurements useful for sewing purposes:

  • Neck circumference… 6.5 cm
  • Neck to shoulder seam… 2.5 cm
  • Collar to true waist… 5.1 cm
  • Underarm to true waist… 2.9 cm
  • Sleeve inseam (underarm to cuff)… 6.5 cm
  • Sleeve from shoulder seam to cuff… 7.7 cm
  • Sleeve circumference (upper arm bicep)…  4.8 cm
  • Bust… 13.5 cm
  • Waist… 9.7 cm
  • Hip circumference… 14 cm
  • Pants inseam (crotch to just below the ankle bone)… 13.0 cm
  • Pants outseam (waist to just below the ankle bone)… 17.2 cm
  • Pants leg circumference (upper thigh)… 8.8 cm
  • Height not including hair… 11.5 inches or 29.2 cm

So how can you learn to do pattern alterations? It’s best to use an experienced sewing instructor to learn that skill.

My Creative Spark class, “How to Alter Doll Clothes Patterns” may be just what you need to make the doll clothes patterns you already own into the patterns you see in your mind’s eye.

For any class on Creative Spark, you don’t have to follow a schedule. Just sign up when you’re ready.

It’s a one-time fee for the course, and there’s no specific time limit to finish your course. You can just take your time and learn at the pace that suits you. So go check out my paid courses on Creative Spark, using this link.

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This vintage Simplicity 4883 Tammy doll clothes wardrobe includes a red 3/4 length sleeve coat; a sleeveless sheath dress with a ruffle and matching belt at the waist; a pair of pedal pushers with a sleeveless crop top; a blue A-line wrap-around skirt with suspenders to match and under these, a red check short sleeved shirt; and finally a lovely prom dress with a red spaghetti strap bodice that meets a full white gathered skirt that's got tiny red silk roses sewn onto it here and there. This pattern also features a shoebox that has been converted to make a pretty, girlish closet with fabric lining and rack for hanging doll clothes.
Please visit ChellyWood.com for free printable sewing patterns for making doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes.

To read more about my free sewing patterns and tutorials, please visit the “Helpful Tips” page.

Today’s blog post is a re-post. To understand why Chelly Wood is taking some time off, reposting older blog topics, revisit the end-of-March blog post entitled, “There’s a cat in my sewing room!

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2 thoughts on “Learning to alter doll clothes patterns with Ideal Tammy Doll patterns #CollectibleDolls #TapeMeasureTuesday #DollClothesPatterns

  1. Barbie came out in 1959 and Tammy in 1962, so how could Tammy be the original fashion doll? I do love the outfits shown on the Tammy pattern. I never had a Tammy doll, so I stuck with buying the Barbie patterns. I must say, though I don’t care for Tammy’s face. Reminds me too much of Chucky. I guess we all have different tastes in dolls, even as children.

    1. Hi BetteAnn. You said, “Barbie came out in 1959 and Tammy in 1962, so how could Tammy be the original fashion doll?”

      Point taken. As it says at the bottom of the post, I’m re-blogging older blog posts. I guess I need to check my facts before re-posting!

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