Pattern Making for Dolls

Pattern Making for Dolls is a complete resource for drafting patterns for larger dolls by hand for beginners. It includes sections on drafting and then stylizing patterns for men, ladies, children and baby dolls. You will learn to measure and draft a pattern “by the numbers” resulting in a basic block set that can be modified into any design you can dream up! All the beautiful patterns on this site were created using this book’s methods for drafting for dolls!

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Pattern Drafting Crash Course – Measuring Your Miniature Dolls

**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 are evenly made on both sides, the measurements are taken on the half or in the case of an arc the quarter. The exception is circumference measurements, which are all the way around the body. It is advisable that you mark somehow, either with scotch tape on the body and a pencil mark or however you are comfortable, the center front and back along with where your doll’s bust, waist and hip fall. Deciding this before you start measuring will make a big difference in how your patterns will turn out and how accurate they will be. For scale and 1/2 scale miniatures use metrics, as a millimeter is more accurate than rounding to the nearest fraction. When working with dolls this tiny it is imperative that your measurements be accurate.

Please note that after 9 years  this tutorial has been updated to reflect several minor errors that were made during the original writing.

Measurement Chart

This is a master list of all the measurements needed for all dolls. Copy the entire list and fill in the ones you need for whatever doll you are going to be currently using. Following will be explanations of how to do these measurements for each type of doll.
Permission granted by author to copy this page.


Key: A= All Dolls L= Lady dolls only C = Child dolls B = Babies M = ManKEY
1) Full HeightA
2) Bust/ChestA
3) WaistA
4) Hip/Hip With DiaperA, B
5) Center LengthFrontBackA
6) Full LengthFrontBackA
7) Across ShoulderFrontBackA
8) Side Seam LengthA
9) Shoulder LengthA
10) Shoulder SlopeFrontBackA
11) Bust DepthL
12) Side Seam To FloorL, M, C
13) Back Waist To FloorL, M, C
14) Crotch DepthA
15) Hip DepthA
16) Side Hip DepthA
17) Finger SpanA
18) WristA
19) Around FootA
20) Upper ArmA
21) Sleeve LengthA
22) Armhole DepthA
23)Waist ToA) AnkleB)KneeC)FloorL, C
D) Short TrainE) Long TrainL
24) InseamA
25) OutseamA
Waist ArcA
Chest ArcA
Hip ArcA
Arms TypeA
Legs TypeA
Body TypeA
Fingers TypeA

Pattern Drafting For Miniatures

pattern-drafting-for-miniaturesPattern Drafting for Miniatures is a complete beginner’s guide to drafting miniature patterns by hand. It includes sections on drafting and then stylizing patterns for men, ladies, children and baby dolls. These drafts and styles are specifically geared to work in small scales from half-inch scale to about 10″ dolls. It also includes general construction instructions. ©2001-2017

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Pattern Drafting Crash Course – Miniatures Chart Measurements

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 be working with and use the correct numbers for the step you are on. Most are for all the different types of dolls but one or two are for specifically just lady dolls or just babies and say so in the doll
column. The chart is for just the drafts of the basic blocks – bodice, sleeve, skirt, and pants for the lady, child, baby and man sections in section I. Separate charts will be in later sections for other measurements as needed.
Pattern Piece Doll Size Measurement Amount
Bodice 6-10″ Ease 3/16
1:12 or 1″ Scale 1/8
1:24 or 1/2 Scale 1/16
Skirt 6-10″ Skirt Ease 1/4
1:12 or 1″ Scale 1/4
1:24 or 1/2 Scale 1/8
Pants 6-10″ Pant Ease 1/4
1:12 or 1″ Scale 1/4
1:24 or 1/2 Scale 1/8

Pattern Drafting Crash Course – Sleeve

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 length-Otherwise referred to as center 2) Cap height-1/3 of sleeve length marked
and squared out from the top, 1/2 of the upper arm measurement
3) Wrist or finger span-Mark
out 1/2 of the wrist or finger span (whichever is larger) to either
side of center
4) Sleeve sides-Connect cap
height to wrist level, forming the sides of the sleeve.

5) Sleeve cap bottom marks- 1/8 of upper arm measurement
marked from the outside in and up according to Miniature Draft Chart for your size doll
6) Sleeve cap top-Square out to either
side
7) Sleeve cap top marks – Using the same
1/8 of upper arm from the bottom marks, mark from the center out
and down according to the Miniature Draft Chartfor your size doll.
8 ) Sleeve cap mid marks- Measure diagonally
from the tips of the small marks and divide in half. Mark.
9) Sleeve cap curve- Form sleeve cap by using your French curve to connect the side to the bottom mark tip, then to the mid point, up to the top and down the other side.
Alternate Sleeve
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 found on the Miniature Draft Chart
Sleeve length Armhole circumference****
****Armhole circumference- measure your finished bodice
pattern’s armhole from shoulder tip to shoulder tip
Armhole Circumference X2 X length = light gathers
Armhole Circumference X3 X length = medium gathers
Armhole Circumference X4 X length = very gathered
Only does puff sleeves that are gathered at the top and then pulled in by way of elastic at the wrist
*Determine how full you want the sleeve (see chart)
*Measure from shoulder tip around elbow to wrist this will be your sleeve length
*Measure your armhole of your basic block
*Multiply the armhole circumference by desired fullness (see chart) draw first line as the sleeve length
*Label sleeve length
*Square out to one side only the distance of the armhole circumference from the top and the bottom
*Now draw the other sleeve length line
*Your result will be a rectangle that is your desired fullness wide by your dolls arm length long. From here you can add seam allowance to the top and bottom length and gather to fit.
*This sleeve draft ONLY makes a puff long or short sleeve.

Pattern Drafting Crash Course for a Child Doll

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 of the techniques used in Pattern Making for Dolls and Pattern Drafting For Miniatures which were originally sold as hard copy books, moved to CD and finally are now available only in PDF as an instant download.

Included in this tutorial series are all the items that will be needed for all the pattern drafts and even some of the items that will be needed for the stylization in following sections of the full book. Please feel free to draft patterns and critique anything you find that doesn’t work quite right for you. Please also remember the full book covers ladies clothing and babies clothing too along with stylization and construction tips and techniques. If you pass this on to anyone else please remember to give me credit and point them to my website or contact information. Feel free to contact me with any questions you have regarding my technique.

At some point in the future, I will be expanding this series of books to include Computerized Drafting and a book on Advanced Stylizations for Dolls and Miniatures. Keep an eye on the site and the blogs for announcements!

Pattern Drafting Crash Course – Skirt Children

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 found on the Miniature Draft Chart
Waist Arc Hip Depth Front Back
Hip Arc Side Hip Depth
1) Skirt Length- side seam 2) Side or Back Hip Depth (whichever is deeper)- square out to either
side to the left back hip arc and to the right front hip arc
3) Back Hip Arc- at top square out back hip arc 4) Center Back- square out back hip arc at bottom and then connect from
top to bottom to form center back
5) Back Hip Depth-Should be only slightly shorter than side hip depth,
mark in. If you used Back Hip Depth in step 2 use Hip Depth here.
6) Back Waist Arc- from center back line towards side seam Formula: waist
arc + ease (see Miniature Draft Chart)
7) Hip Line- curve from mark to hip level 8 ) Waist Line- curve from back hip mark to hip
9) Front Hip Arc- front hip arc. At top square out then square out front
hip arc at bottom and connect from top to bottom to form center front
10) Front Waist Arc- from center front line towards side seam Formula:
waist arc + ease (see Miniature Draft Chart )
11) Hip Line- curve from mark to hip level 12) Front Hip Depth – Should be only slightly shorter than side hip depth,
mark in
13) Waist Line- curve from front hip mark to hip

This is a bonus skirt draft for a plain skirt that goes well with a simple
bodice and can be as full as can fit around the doll’s waist.

Alternate Skirt
2X Waist X Length =Light Gathers
3X Waist X Length =Normal Gathers
4X Waist X Length =Full Gathers
5X Waist X Length =Lots of Gathers
Measurements Needed
Skirt Length
Skirt Width****
****Skirt width- the amount of gathers you want (see chart above)
Determine skirt length
Multiply waist measurement by how full you want the skirt to be (see
chart)
Draw 1 skirt length line
Square out full skirt width from top and bottom
Draw opposite skirt length line

Pattern Drafting Crash Course – Specification Sheets

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 a copy of the actual design, front and back view with notes and swatches. You can also list where you bought a fabric or what else it might have been used for. Care instructions and anything else you think might be important for future reference.

A specification sheet would be kept with the measuring chart for the doll that the design goes with. If it goes with multiple dolls then the measurement chart for each doll and a copy of the specification sheet should be with each. Later you can also add copies of the patterns in Ziplock bags or file folders and any construction information you need too. It is best to have some form of file folder system for this information if you think you may have a large collection of doll patterns as they are very easily lost!

Permission given by author to photocopy this page.

Specification sheet
Doll: Size of Doll:
Name of Garment: Style: Number:
Season : Designer:
Yard Goods:
Face Fabric: Cost: Sketch & Swatches
Width: Length:
Color: Weight:
Interfacing Cost:
Width: Length:
Color: Weight:
Lining: Cost:
Width: Length:
Color: Weight:
Trims: Cost:
Width: Length:
Color: Weight:
Total $:
Notions:
Fastners:
Thread: Spools: Colors: Size (Yds):
Total $:
GRAND TOTAL $:

Pattern Drafting Crash Course – Terms of Use

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. Any and all patterns you make using this information are yours and you may sell them just not my “How To Do It”. Please if you do sell the patterns made from this or any of my books, place a small note somewhere that you used my Pattern Drafting Crash Course or my books Pattern Making for Dolls and Pattern Drafting For Miniatures and list my URL or e-mail. This is a very small thing to do for me and otherwise I give the Pattern Drafting Crash Course freely with no expectations that you will buy the books or anything from me. Please feel free to drop me a line telling me what you used the Pattern Drafting Crash Course for or if you used it to make a pattern and sold it. I like to hear about your success!

Pattern Drafting Crash Course – Pants Child

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 both sides
4) Waist to knee- square out to both
sides
5) Center back- formula: waist arc +
dart intake (see Miniature Draft Chart) + ease (see
Miniature
Draft Chart)
6) Back hip arc- from center back towards side seam 7) Back hip depth- from hip line measure
up and mark
8 ) Crotch bisect- at crotch level bisect
(45° angle) and mark out according to
Miniature Draft Chart)
9) Crotch curve- using your French curve
draw a curve from the mid-point to the crotch line
touching the tip of the bisect
10) ) Hip- Draw in hip line with French
curve
11) Center front- formula: waist arc + dart intake
(see
Miniature
Draft Chart) + ease (see
Miniature Draft Chart)
12) front hip arc- from center front
towards side seam
13) Back hip depth- from hip line measure
up and mark
14) Crotch bisect- at crotch level bisect
(45° angle) and mark out according to Miniature Draft Chart
15) Crotch curve- using your French curve
draw a curve from the mid-point to the crotch line
touching the tip of the bisect
16) Hip- Draw in hip line with French
curve
17) Inseam (crotch side)- square down
to bottom Inseam measurement Outseam (side seam) -From
Crotch level measure down Outseam measurement. The
distance between the lines at the bottom should be
no smaller than the Around Foot measurement.
18) Inseam (crotch side)- square down
to bottom Outseam (side seam) -measure over around
foot measurement and mark connect mark to crotch level
line