Archive | May 2017

Mini Dresses for Medium 11.5″ Fashion Dolls + Curvy

This week’s pattern comes in 2 flavors!

Classic
Convertible dresses for Barbie-sized gals
Curvy
Convertible dresses for curvy Barbie sized gals

Why 2 sizes?  Because the base dress is very fitted and is a 1-part dress in non-stretch material.  If you get both patterns and look at them side by side, you’ll be like “Oh wow” by how different they are, vs a simple dress that is free at the hips where all you need to adjust is the waist. 

  Both patterns have all the same fun options to swap around between the dresses and are super fast to sew!  No sleeves or collars, so really easy and beginner friendly, too.  You can check both out now in the shop

(And don’t forget about this month’s giveaway and contest!)

PS Convertable Mini Dresses

PS Mini Dresses

When I was a kid, I wanted a Barbie that had a dress that was made up of pieces that according to the commercials and the box, said you could rearrange to get over 100 different looks.  I got her, and then spent a very frustrated afternoon trying to figure out all the different ways.  I think I hit 18, and that was by getting frustrated and doing desperate things by turning her tutu (which could also slide down to her ankles and turn her cocktail dress into a mermaid dress) into a scrunchie for her hair and counting that as another look even though the only way it looked was utterly ridiculous.

It was one of those things that stuck with me as liking the idea of, but not so much the execution–at least in that circumstance!  Can you get over 100 different looks with this pattern?  No.  You can get 5 different ways to finish the bustline (which can be combined in different ways) as well as 3 detachable skirts to layer or leave off the basic dress.  I’m sure I could work the math to come up with a ridiculous yet correct number, but let’s just leave it at “many.”  Enough to satisfy inner or actual children 😉

This is also a VERY EASY pattern!  You can sew up the basic dress in 15 minutes or less on a machine.  No fiddly sleeves or collars, nice machine-friendly quilting cotton.  So, y’know: check it out in the shop, and if you get it before the end of the month, maybe win a demo dress 🙂

Saber School Uniform for 1/3 Curvy dolls!

Saber School Uniform Pattern

I wasn’t expecting to do another 1/3 scale doll pattern so soon, but someone commissioned one so you all lucked out!

The Saber School Uniform is similar to the school uniforms of smaller sizes but…also not.  Along with the 1/4″ seam allowance that I use on this size, other things that are just impractical at smaller doll sizes start to be not only doable but a good idea!  Like the blouse.  At the smaller sizes, the collar is 1 piece of fabric because more than that gets bulky and unweildy.  On this pattern, the collar is made of 4 pieces of fabric, much more like people clothes!  It’s also a front-closure pattern because a little snap, hook, or short piece of velcro isn’t going to be noticeable at this size (vs look like some kind of weird growth under the fabric on smaller doll sizes!)

So for those of you who like more realistic clothes on your dolls, you’ll love this pattern!  Lots of wardrobe staples in this pattern <3