Please scroll down to the second set of bullets for the free printable PDF sewing patterns and links to any additional relevant tutorial videos.
I can’t remember if someone left a comment, pointing this out, or if I, myself, stumbled across this pattern on my website and realized that it had not yet been converted to a PDF. Either way, this is one of the earliest patterns from my website, so please excuse the fact that it’s hand-drawn and the videos that accompany it are not “studio” quality.
Back when I first made the Romeo and Juliet with Dolls video (for which this costume was designed), my daughters were both still in school, and being a mom was my focus more than anything else.
The photo above was part of a news story that came out in the Chicago Tribune about how I was encouraging my pre-teen and teenage daughters to use their cell phones in a productive and creative way, by working with me on the stop-motion video of Romeo and Juliet with Dolls.
I still haven’t finished putting together Act V, largely because my girls were my inspiration, and now that they’re all grown up and have moved away, I’m feeling less inspired. I’ll get it done anyway; just be patient, and it will happen.
In the meantime, I’m posting this early pattern from the production. That’s a Hasbro World of Love Soul doll, who plays Benvolio in the production.
This shirt, vest, and pants will fit a number of other dolls too, though. If you’re going to make the shirt with cuffs, however, be advised that your doll needs to have teeny-tiny hands like the World of Love dolls do.
Tomorrow I’ll be posting an updated version of this shirt without the cuffs, and you may wish to make that version instead of the Benvolio version, to ensure that your doll’s hands will fit through the bottom of the sleeves.
The boot and hat patterns won’t fit all the dolls listed in the first bulleted list below, as well, since dolls’ heads and feet vary significantly.
Also, please note that these older hand-drawn patterns don’t show a seam allowance, but like many of my modern patterns, there’s a 4 mm seam allowance embedded in the design. You don’t need to cut a seam allowance in addition to the pattern itself.
Believe it or not, you could probably make these boots out of felt and follow the exact same instructions as you find in this video for Ken boots, but your boots won’t have the little cuff at the top.
The pants, vest, and shirt use basic cotton fabric and tiny 4/0 Dritz snaps. You may need to buy embroidery floss for the vest, and the whipstitch is what I used for the detailed embroidery on that. An additional link to my whipstitch tutorial is found in the pattern-and-tutorial-video section below (the second set of bullets).
This pattern pre-dates my flowers-difficulty-scale, but I would definitely give this one five flowers. It’s not for the beginners out there!
*Today’s free patterns will fit the following dolls:
- 8 inch Bratz dolls
- Disney 9 and a half inch fairy dolls like Tinkerbell
- Mattel’s 9 inch Stacie dolls
- Mattel’s vintage Skipper dolls
- SnapStar Dolls
- Hasbro World of Love vintage dolls
- vintage Sunshine Family adult female dolls
- Mego 8-inch female action figures
Here’s the free printable PDF doll clothes sewing patterns for making today’s doll clothes:
- Free doll clothes sewing patterns (PDF) for making the hat, vest, shirt, pants, and boots for this 8 inch doll Renaissance costume
- Tutorial video showing how to make the hat
- Tutorial video showing how to make the vest
- Tutorial video showing how to make the shirt
- Tutorial video showing how to make the pants
- Please scroll up for written instructions to help you make the boots
- How to do a whipstitch
- How to sew snaps on fabric
- How to do a backstitch
- How to gather fabric
- How to use a needle threader
- How to do a basic straight stitch
- How to choose fabric
- How to tie a knot using a needle and thread
- How to press seams open, using a hot iron
For more of my free tutorials, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel, ChellyWood1.
Before I go, I want to mention my “How to Alter Doll Clothes Patterns” course on the Creative Spark online learning platform will teach you how to alter pants, skirts, dresses, and shirts too. If you haven’t looked into it yet, you can click here to learn more.
I also have a new course on the Creative Spark Online Learning platform which teaches you how to design your own doll pants patterns from scratch, including leggings, overalls, and fly-front jeans. Click here to check out that new course, which is only $19.99!
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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 vintage Sunshine Family 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 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 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.
Spin Master Liv dolls are products offered by Spin Master, which holds the registered trademark for them (™). Please visit the Spin Master website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys.
World of Love is a product that was 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.