The felt outfit sewing project for the November 21st article on Patchwork Pansy proved to be more fun to make than I expected! As a result, I thought about how perfect felt is for a small doll project; it doesn’t unravel and the material can be decorated in so many ways. The pattern I used, A Touch of Fall, was originally created for a Kish Riley doll. After consulting with the pattern’s designer Adeline, I decided to play around with one of the easiest parts of the pattern, the jumper, and re-size it to fit different dolls in my collection. This pattern is very simple, and I felt it would be easy to adjust for a variety of immature – bodied small dolls. (Other pattern pieces could be re-sized as well, but due to time constraints, only one article of clothing was selected for my project.)
First I experimented with shrinking the pattern page to different sizes. This is very easy with a PDF file pattern and a computer printer. After printing the page in different sizes, I cut out the jumper front pattern piece and tested out the size against different dolls. Taking into account the seam allowance, I found that I had two dolls that would fit into the outfit for the pattern when it was shrunk to 80%. I used that size to make a shift for a Bo Bergemann Sugar doll and a top for my DollZone Leo. I lengthened the hemline of the shift by 1/4″ (.06 cm) for Sugar.
At a 75% reduction, I had a pattern that fit my new Asleep Eidolon Peppermint Mint on Card-exclusive doll perfectly. I found out that a 66 2/3 % reduction made an outfit that would fit my Doll Leaves babies Milk and Cherry. I cut out Milk’s outfit to the original size and decided to make Cherry’s longer on the bottom by approximately 3/4″ (1.9 cm).
The final doll I hoped to dress was my tiny Dream High Studio Mimi (from Luxour Academy ). Unfortunately, her curvy body would not easily fit into the pattern I was using without significant changes. As a result, I searched for an alternative outfit and stumbled upon a website with free patterns for 1970’s tiny fashion doll Dawn. (The patterns can be found HERE.) I decided to choose something simple that I was sure would not need altering in order to fit Mimi. I chose the 1 piece mini-halter dress (pattern page C.) which took only a single pattern piece. Shrunk down to 66 2/3 % I had a perfect fit!
I decided to make all the outfits in off-white wool felt. The decoration on the outfits is created with embroidery stitching, lace, and ribbon roses. All of the outfits were hand-sewn with a back-stitch. All of the seams were embroidered using a blanket stitch. (To see these stitches illustrated go HERE.)
Based on my success with this simple project, I may consider playing with re-sizing in the future to create outfits for dolls in somewhat unusual sizes. The easiest projects to re-size would likely be fairly simple patterns designed for a doll with similar build.
All of the completed outfits can be seen below.