It’s almost Halloween, so I decided to revisit an old pattern of mine, and turn it into a pair of Halloween pants (or Halloween cargo pants) for 9 inch dolls. This was originally designed to be a pair of capris for Skipper and other 10 inch dolls, but when I discovered that they fit Moana and Ideal Pepper as regular-length pants, it got me thinking…
These would make great cargo pants! And how simple is it to just add a side pocket? Not too tricky at all!
I do have one caveat though, and you’ll hear me allude to it in the cargo pants video.
LOL Surprise OMG dolls (the 9 inch variety of LOL dolls) have pretty big hips in comparison to their tiny little waists. So if you do make a pair of cotton pants for them, be very careful to follow my seam allowances. Otherwise, those pants won’t fit over their hips.
You can avoid any tricky hurdles by using jersey or stretch denim fabric for the LOL Surprise 9 inch dolls’ pants rather than using 100% cotton, which has a lot less give. That way, if you don’t follow the tiny little seam allowances exactly, your fabric will be more forgiving! So please keep that in mind.
You’ll also need some elastic, and as usual, I’m recommending Elastic by the Yard.
In my tutorial video, I also mention Fiskars Stitchers, which are my new favorite tool for clipping seams!
Which dolls will fit in today’s cargo pants patterns?
- Bratz dolls (both male and female 8”)
- Moana (9 and ½ inch) dolls
- Pepper (vintage 9” dolls — sister of Ideal Tammy )
- Skipper from the 1980’s (10 inch dolls)
- Stacie dolls (9” from Mattel — Barbie’s little sister)
- Sunshine Family (8 and ½ to 9 inch) dolls
- Tinkerbell fairy dolls (9+ inches from Jakks — Disney dolls)
- World of Love dolls from Hasbro (8 inch)
FREE Patterns and Tutorial Videos:
- Free printable PDF sewing pattern for making the pants
- Free printable PDF sewing pattern for making a T-shirt
- Tutorial video for making the pants (shown at the top of this page)
- Tutorial video showing how to make the T-shirt**
- How to do a whipstitch
- How to do a backstitch
- How to pull elastic through a casing
- How to choose fabric
- How to press seams open, using a hot iron
**NOTE: The T-shirt tutorial video shows a different doll wearing the shirt, but the exact same T-shirt does fit LOL Surprise OMG 8 and 3/4 inch doll dolls, exactly as you see in the images in this blog post.
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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.
Stacie and Skipper 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.
Bratz dolls and LOL Surprise OMG dolls are products offered by MGA Entertainment, which holds the registered trademark for them (™). Please visit the MGA Entertainment website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys.
Disney fairy dolls and Moana 10 inch dolls are products offered by the Disney Corporation, which holds the registered trademark for them (™). Please visit the Official Shop Disney website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys.
World of Love dolls and Sunshine Family doll are products that were once owned and distributed by Hasbro, which holds the registered trademark for these retired toys (™). Please visit the Hasbro Toy website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys.
At the time of this blog post, the vintage Ideal Pepper doll is no longer made, and there is not a working trademark for these dolls. If anyone knows additional information about these dolls and their current status, please leave a comment below. I’d love to learn more about the company and its dolls, but as they went out of production prior to the popularity of the internet, there’s not much to learn about them online. Click here to find out what Doll Reference has to say about them and their history.