Sue’s Tiny Costumes, your first stop for Pattern Making for Dolls and Pattern Drafting for Miniatures. The original home of the Pattern Drafting Crash Course! Also home to many patterns for dolls 1/2″ tall to 18″ tall for Fashion Dolls, Children Dolls and Baby Dolls.
Patterns are available as a Line, which is a group of patterns that are designed and grouped for one doll, or as Kits which are the basic block patterns that can be used and modified to make any design you can dream up for a specific doll.
Some of the dolls featured on the site are Tiny Betsy, Tiny Kitty, Kitty Collier, Barbie, Kelly, Skipper, Strawberry Shortcake and even Dollfies! For smaller patterns the dolls are 1″ scale dollhouse dolls or 1/2″ scale dolls.
All patterns, lines, kits and books are 100% downloadable PDF files so there is no wait time (or very little) for your product to show up.
Pattern Drafting Crash Course
This tutorial series originally done at the turn of the century (2000-2002) was designed for 1″ scale miniature dolls and for a child. The books Pattern Drafting for Miniatures and Pattern Making for Dolls contain further instructions. The tutorial and books are in the process of being updated in 2018!
Diagrams are being updates and photos are being added. Additional books are also in the works as well as video tutorials and LIVE classes based on the written works.
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This tutorial was originally created in 2000-2001 and tested on my daughter at about a year old (she’s 13 now). I have also used this tutorial to draft for a doll as small as 1/2″ tall of course using magnifying glasses and a very sharp pencil! This is a preview… Continue reading
**NEW for 2018** Click on the following links for a copy of the Measurement Chart in Google Documents or Word Document format. Please right click and save the Word Document to your PC/Mac or save a copy of the Google Doc to your Google Drive for your own use. Since most dolls… Continue reading
This chart and a full conversion tool can be found on http://www.sengpielaudio.com/calculator-cminch.htm I thank this site for having the information I needed for this tutorial! Due to the many requests I’ve had during classes on information about metrics vs standard measuring I decided that a tutorial was necessary for measuring… Continue reading
Here are some suggestions for some common items that can make drafting and sewing for smaller dolls easier! Dryer sheet— can be used for any spot that requires interfacing of sorts as in collars and cuffs but should not be used for the entire garment. I have tried it several… Continue reading
Pattern Drafting Crash Course-Explanation Of Measurements & Diagrams Shown on a Lady Now we get into the actual activity in preparation for drafting a pattern. This explains how to make the measurements correctly from yesterday’s chart. Take ribbon and pass it around your doll’s waist, bust or chest, neck and hips. Fasten… Continue reading
Glossary of Terms Abdomen– area between the waist and hips around the belly button areaAbdomen arc– 1/4 of the total circumference of the fattest part Apex– the doll’s nipple if she has one or the tip of her breast Arc– 1/4 of complete circumference measurement Banana dart– a dart that looks like a… Continue reading
Here is the start of the actual drafts. You will need to reference the Miniature Draft Chart for the ease necessary for the draft. Right now I am waiting for the Miniature Draft Chart to post and will update the links to it after it does! Measurements Needed Copy the… Continue reading
Truing Patterns This will explain how to smooth out your patterns in preparation for use in creating styles from the basic patterns. The first draft of each piece should be carefully cut apart and the following places checked for accuracy and 90 degree angles on both your front and the back The first… Continue reading
Here is a continuation of the Pattern Drafting Crash Course. A basic straight skirt and a bonus fuller skirt. Measurements Needed Copy the following to your paper before you start and fill in with the correct measurements for the doll you are working with. The ones in italics can be… Continue reading
Waist To Ankle (Inseam) Waist Arc Crotch Depth Hip Depth Outseam 1) Side seam- pants length. Square out at top & bottom to both sides 2) Side hip depth- measure down and square out to both sides 3) Crotch depth- measure down from top crotch depth and square out to… Continue reading
Why are they useful? Specification sheets are very useful to keep track of design details. This is including but not limited to what doll, fabrics, item numbers for those of us in a business or that have a huge doll collection. Most important cost of a project not to mention… Continue reading
Torso Skirt Check to be sure your skirt and bodice waists are the same and adjust slightly if necessary Trace your bodice front except for the waist. Only mark where it is Line up the center front/back of the bodice and skirt and the side seams. Trace the skirt. Blend… Continue reading
Below is the supply list you will need to draft patterns for small or miniature children dolls. In future posts I will also try to list places to find some of the more unique items such as miniature French Curves suitable for drafting in the smaller scales. 1/8 or 1/4″… Continue reading
More information included in the full books! The terms of usage for my tutorial. Please leave all copyright information in place and do not sell this Pattern Drafting Crash Course. If you want to link to it please go ahead but also let me know so I may link back.… Continue reading
Pattern Drafting Crash Course – Miniatures Chart Measurements Miniature Doll Chart The chart on this page is a list of all the measurement amounts for places within the drafting instructions that say ‘see chart’. It is divided so that you can find the right measurement for your size doll that you may currently… Continue reading
Copy the following to your paper before you start and fill in with the correct measurements for the doll you are working with. The ones in italics can be found on the Miniature Draft Chart. Sleeve Length Finger Span Upper Arm Sleeve Cap Bottom Marks Wrist Sleeve Cap Top Marks 1) Sleeve… Continue reading