Sew a pioneer-style pinafore for 15 inch dolls with today’s free PDF sewing patterns!

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Okay, everybody… It’s confession time!

Have you ever started a project, got discouraged, and then walked away for several years?

And then you went back to the project and tried to pick up where you left off… Have you ever done that?

The image is a photo of the Chelly Wood doll (a Spin Master Liv doll with grey dyed hair and a repainted face that kind of looks like the real Chelly Wood, a doll clothes designer) in her sewing room. Behind her on the wall is a finished doll dress made of white cotton fabric with tiny polka dots. On her sewing table, beside her miniature sewing machine, is a clear plastic tub filled with sewing bits and pieces.
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Well today’s pinafore project is one of those. I started it during the summer of 2018. Now, five years later, I’ve gone back to finish the pinafore for 15 inch dolls, but unfortunately, I forgot why I had gotten discouraged and walked away.

The video at the top of this page is actually the “Pinafore Video Part Deux” because it wasn’t until I’d finished the first video version, that I realized why the first rendition of the pinafore didn’t fit over the top of the pioneer dress right. See (this was the pinafore’s first rendition–Whoops!):

The image shows a Wellie Wishers doll wearing a white pinafore apron over a blue gingham check pioneer dress with long sleeves. The pinafore apron fits tightly around the lower half of the doll's body, scrunching the skirt of the pioneer style dress, so it looks almost like a ruffle at the bottom of the pinafore.
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Yup! I forgot to cut the skirt pattern on the fold. That’s why I’d gotten discouraged and walked away from this project back in 2018!

So do as I say, not as I do, and definitely cut the skirt on the fold! Please click on that link to learn more about “cutting on the fold.”

To make today’s pinafore, all you really need is some white cotton fabric and a few size 1/0 snaps. However, in my video, I also mention the little Fiskars Stitchers scissors that I’m enjoying using these days. I’ve now got 3 pair of these little beauties:

This is a photograph of a very tiny doll's bodice. It is being held by a human hand that is three times the size of the miniature doll's shirt bodice/dress bodice. Tiny stitches appear in red along the neckline of the pale blue floral fabric. There are small Fiskars "Snippers" scissors alongside the bodice, to indicate the scale of this very small garment. This is part of a blog post article that asks the question, "Can Palitoy Pippa dolls and Topper Dawn dolls swap clothes with a Remco I Dream of Jeannie doll?" This blog post asks this question because Chelly Wood (the writer, YouTuber, and doll clothing designer) has created some sewing patterns that will fit her I dream of Jeannie 6 inch fashion doll, and she wants to know if her free doll clothes patterns will also fit Pippa and Dawn dolls.
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Back when I started today’s pinafore project, I didn’t have any Fiskars Stitchers, and holy cow, it makes such a difference when I clip and invert garment pieces! Looking back at these older video clips, I can’t believe how clunky it was to use regular sewing scissors for that task!

And now that I’ve confessed my mistake,  and looked back nostalgically at my pre-Fiskars-Stitchers days, you might be a little worried about my pattern.

Don’t worry, folks! As long as you cut your skirt pattern on the fold, your pinafore will look absolutely perfect over the top of my pioneer dress for 15 inch dolls.

See, look (this is the second rendition, after having cut my skirt on the fold):

A Black or African American AG Wellie Wishers doll models a handmade pioneer ensemble consisting of a blue gingham Victorian era dress with long sleeves and a floor-length skirt and over the top of this, she wears a crisp white cotton pinafore dress with a skirt that's slightly shorter than the blue gingham on worn underneath. These free doll clothes sewing patterns (for making the ensemble) are free to download as a PDF on, a doll clothes sewing pattern website with hundreds of free printable PDF sewing patterns for making doll clothes to sew for dolls of many shapes and all different sizes.
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And here’s the pinafore all by itself without my gingham pioneer dress underneath:

A lovely Black Wellie Wishers doll from American Girl doll company poses in a white cotton pinafore with a full skirt that reaches just about to her ankles. She wears pale blue Mary Jane style shoes, and she stands on a white floor with a turquoise blue mottled wall behind her. Her lovely face is turned slightly to the right of the viewer, and her hair is pulled up in super-curly pigtails.
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Even by itself, it makes a lovely sleeveless summer dress. I can imagine it in pastel colored print fabric, maybe for Easter.

Today’s free printable PDF doll clothes sewing patterns will fit the following dolls:

And here are the patterns and tutorial videos you’re looking for:

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For anyone who would like to expand their dolls’ wardrobes, you should really check out my “How to Alter Doll Clothes Patterns” course and my “Design Your Own Doll Pants Patterns from Scratch” classes on the Creative Spark online learning platform. Here’s my bio page on their website, where you can learn more.

This image shows four rows of artist's renderings of doll clothing items. The top row shows four different styles of pants. The second row shows four different styles of shirts. The third row shows four different styles of skirts. The fourth row shows four different styles of dresses, with skirts in long, short, and mid-length styles. The text reads at the top, "Classes in Doll Clothing Design" followed by this paragraph: "Have you ever wished you could create patterns of your own? Click on the links to Chelly's online courses below, to learn more about her paid courses in doll clothing pattern design techniques."

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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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 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 CrissyVelvet, 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).

MGA Entertainment is the company that produced the BFC Ink dolls, and it still holds the trademark rights to them (™). The BFC Ink dolls (aka Best Friends Club dolls) were in production, starting in 2009, but at the time of this blog post, they are no longer available in stores. You may be able to find a used one on eBay, though, if you’re thinking about collecting them (see link in the first set of bullets). These dolls can swap clothes with Crissy dolls, but their bodies are much more articulated. They have very lovely faces.


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