French Curves for Dolls

Ever wondered where to get small pattern drafting tools suitable for doll clothes pattern making? You can find a French Curve Set fairly easily actually. After some quick looking

around I found a great set that works not only for dolls but if you sew for yourself can actually come in handy for drafting full size patterns as well!

Why would you want a curve set when found items work just as well? I have found that you can get better results with the smooth edges of an actual French Curve Set versus using a plate, plastic tape dispenser, the curve of your mouse, various coins, jars and other interesting oddities. With a set like this one or more of the curves is very likely to fit what you need and it’s easy to use them to quickly draw the line smoothly. Over time I’ve bought each curve individually and wish I could have found a set like this before now!

This is one of those indispensable items for the doll nut who loves to design and draft or just alter patterns for dolls!

Tiny Betsy


betsy-abcTiny Betsy is now one of my favorite dolls to draft and dress. She is small enough to only take a fat quarter of fabric for a dress but large enough that she is still easy to sew for.

I first got my Betsys after hosting a Travelling Betsy doll. The darling little visitor traveled with my daughter and I to the State Fair and Betsy’s gift was a duplicate dress to my daughter’s first day of Pre-School dress. (I sent one with the travelling doll and later made a new one for Sera’s Betsy)

My daughter was devastated that Betsy had to go visit other people and so at birthday time I found and adopted the two Betsys we now have. Why two dolls? Well of course it was because I guessed that she and I would argue over the doll if there was only one…. over the years I’ve been right about that and neither one of us even remembers who had which doll to start and happily dress both dolls!

That year Betsy got several dresses for Christmas and that is the main reason she has so many patterns.

What a sweet little doll!

Sera was also very fond of her 18″ doll and she had a duplicate dress as well. The little dark haired Betsy was our visitor.