I get lots of requests for 1/3 doll patterns, but I have mostly resisted: they’re so BIG! I know this is the opposite reaction of most people. They look at anything smaller and don’t want to sew for them because they’re so SMALL!
But Klein lent me a bunch of her 1/3 dolls to do some research with and see just how feasible it would be to make a 1/3 pattern. Just about everything I’d read online had made it seem pretty daunting. At the bigger sizes, there’s so much more variation, it’s much harder to share clothes between dolls. Or so I kept reading.
This is one of the reasons I always do my own research!
So many naked dollies! With my handy tape measure and a note pad I took measurement after measurement. Sure, I could have just used the measurements off of websites (and I did for dolls I don’t have) but my experience has been that my measurements don’t always match the company measurements. Sometimes it’s close, and sometimes it’s so far I wonder where the heck they could have gotten their numbers! But doing the same measurements in the same places taken by the same person is the best way to get uniform measurements. And this is what I found:
Most dolls are within 1 cm of each other in all measurements that are important.
The biggest variation is leg length. That’s all. That’s EASY! You just shorten a skirt or pair of pants more when you’re sewing for a shorter doll. I don’t think there’s anyone who can sew from a pattern who can’t do that. Next is bust, and that can be more tricky because some of these dolls come with alternate busts with each boob as big as their head. I can’t outfit those, but the standard and even slightly larger than standard bust sizes? Totally. I’m already doing that with the 1/4 dolls!
I checked the measurements from the ‘big’ companies that do resin like Volks, Luts, and Fairyland. There seems to be two main categories of resin: adolescent shaped and curvy shaped. Volks SDGR and Dollfie Dreams are Curvy 1/3, while volks SD10 and SD13 are more in the adolescent shape. Fairyland only does curvy. Luts makes dozens of different bodies in this size, and generally older bodies are more adolescent shaped while newer bodies are curvy.
It seems like the original, adolescent SD size was the fashionable size when BJDs first started being made, but curvy doll shapes are more popular now. Of the dolls I’ve gotten requests to make clothes for, ALL have been in the ‘curvy’ size, so that’s the size I’m going with!
Splitting up the Basics pattern into two was very popular in the 1/4 scale, so I did it again for 1/3 scale. Basics 1 is a as-simple-as-possible pattern that you can sew a full outfit in 30 minutes or less, even if you do it by hand. It’s great for people new to sewing, who don’t have a lot of time to sew, or just plain hate sewing (I get a surprising amount of requests from that last group!). The shirt is made from 1 piece of fabric, and the jeans/shorts are made from 2. It is easier than a sock sweater and looks WAY better!
Basics 2 is more similar to actual people clothes. It’s still far from hard, but this pattern delights in details and variations so you can make a lot more different looks by swapping around pieces. This is the pattern for you if you want your dolls to actually be able to put their hands in their pockets, or thread a belt through the belt loops.
I know it was a long time coming, and I hope everyone who has been sending me requests for this size is happy their persistence finally paid off 😀 And remember, if you buy it this month you get a chance of winning free clothes from the patterns mailed to you!