Shorts and a Top for BFC Ink 18 inch Dolls w/Free Patterns @

A BFC Ink doll stands in a museum with her weight on her left foot and her hands at her sides. Her head is tossed to the side as well, and her pony tail drapes behind her. She wears a handmade V-neck shirt with T-shirt-length sleeves over a pair of elastic waist simple summer shorts. We can also see at the very bottom of the photo, that she's wearing handmade socks and a pair of sneakers, but this part of the image is slightly hidden outside the frame.
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If you found yourself reading this blog post, you probably already know that the BFC Ink dolls are highly articulated 18 inch tall dolls. They were produced for a brief time, starting around 2009.

Anyone who has been on a search for one of these dolls is aware of the hair issues they have. It’s hard to find one that doesn’t have ratty-looking hair.

I’m not sure why this is, but if you know the story behind them, feel free to leave comments.

A BFC Ink blond doll stands facing a graphic arts poster for a poetry reading by Ruth Stone. She has her back to us, so we can see that the back of her shirt has been embellished with a row of tiny mint green buttons. Her shorts have a single back pocket sewn onto them.
Please visit for free printable PDF sewing patterns and tutorial videos for making doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes.

Anyway, today’s patterns and tutorial videos will show you how to make this classy V-neck top with buttons going down the back, along with these cute shorts that have an elastic waist and a single pocket in the back.

The fabric I recommend for this project is anything cotton. These doll clothes will look cute in a print or solid cotton fabric. And for the shorts, you’ll need some 1/4 inch wide elastic.

The buttons down the back are optional, since I’ve used Velcro for the actual closure mechanism on the shirt. But I do think those tiny buttons do add a nice touch to a simple top.

I’ve had this pattern available on for a while now, but a few weeks ago, someone messaged me that they had trouble connecting the patterns and the tutorial videos. So I’m re-posting this set with easier-to-find links.

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:

These patterns and tutorials were part of a doll wardrobe that I designed and posted in the spring and summer of 2019. Here are some of the other items in the wardrobe:

The image shows a series of doll clothes laid out on a tabletop so you can see the variety of colors and prints in the fabrics. The clothes include five skirts, two pair of pants, two pair of shorts, five shirts, and a purse. The free printable sewing patterns for these doll clothes can be found at
Please visit for free, printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes.

If I remember correctly, all of these doll clothes fit the BFC Ink dolls, but you may only be able to find some of them on the pages dedicated to other dolls that I named in the first bulleted list. Eventually, I’d like to post all of them here, under the BFC Ink doll, but it’s a labor of love that may take a while.

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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."

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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 Baby Alive dolls are produced and marketed by Hasbro, who owns the trademark rights to them (™). Please visit Hasbro’s Baby Alive page to learn more about the dolls, or visit the Hasbro company website to learn more about the company itself.

The Disney Princess Toddler dolls are products offered by the Disney corporation, which holds the trademark for them (™). Please visit the Disney Toys website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys.

The Hearts for Hearts Girls, Dolls and Games are owned by the Playmates Company International, which holds the registered trademark for these toys. It should be noted, that for each H4H doll purchased, the Hearts for Hearts company donates a portion of their proceeds to World Vision, a global humanitarian organization.

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.

Little Miss Matched dolls* were a product of the Tonner brand of toys. At the time of this publication, to the best of my knowledge, the Tonner company (although no longer producing dolls) still holds the trademark rights to them (™). You can learn more about Robert Tonner’s brand of dolls on Wikipedia or by googling the dolls by name (i.e. “Little Miss Matched — dolls”). Robert Tonner has been known to speak at, and even sell dolls at doll shows, from time to time, but to the best of my knowledge, his company no longer produces dolls.

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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