I ventured into doll clothes design

January 16th, 2014 | Posted by RubyMoonArt in handmade gifts | sewing

You may or may not know that I studied fashion design in college.  Then once I graduated, I’ve never really used my degree.  Well ok, I did work for minimum wage in a wedding dress boutique doing alterations for awhile.  But that wasn’t as glamorous and I had envisioned the “industry.”  It was a real life sweatshop!  I sat for 8 hours a day in a dressing room converted to a seamstress room.  The walls were literally lined with dresses waiting for my alterations and I shared the tiny room with a large ironing and steaming system, truly a sweatshop.  I wasn’t allowed to interact with the brides, I was just to sew on demand…  I’m pretty sure this is where I developed my phobia of lace and pearls.  But now that I’m a mom, I’m using my degree again!  As I mentioned in my post about Handmade Christmas gifts, I made my daughter some doll clothes for Christmas.  She had a Madame Alexander doll and was getting a Journey Girl (both are American Girl knock offs for the average American child).    We did a photo shoot of my foray into 18″ doll fashion design.  The model is the lovely Journey Girl named DanaSewRubyMoon Journey Girl PJ's

This is the first item I made.  My trial outfit. These are a pair of jammies I made with a free pattern I found online.  The shirt pattern I made by tracing around a current shirt that her doll has.  Since this pair turned out alright, I ventured onward.

SewRubMoon doll PJ's


So here is the next pair I made.  I tweaked the pattern a bit to make the pants more fitted.  I made my daughter the same set of PJ’s for herself as well.  Now she has a me and my twin inspired set!  I’ll give you a little tip here too.  I couldn’t find any hot pink fabric to match the fabric in the next picture, so I found a $2 plain t-shirt at the fabric store and cut my doll pattern out of the t-shirt.  Sometimes you have to think outside the box ;)

Journey Girl Sleeveless top and matching leggings


This top was inspired by the pillow case tops that were the hot item at craft shows about 5 years ago.  They were super easy to make for girls, so I adapted the pattern to fit the 18 inch doll.  It took me a couple tries to get the proportions correct, but it worked out great!  This out fit was screaming for hot pink leggings, which I used the PJ pants pattern for.  Again modified to be more fitted and slim, and again cut out of an adult sized tshirt for the fabric.

There you have it!  I’m sure I will be making more in the future and may even consider sharing the patterns I design here for others to use.

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  • Nichole says:

    How pretty! I LOVE the strawberries and butterflies fabric. Evelyn used to make shirts for our cats. She would cut out two shirt shapes (she never measured) and then sew them together. Somehow, though very rough and sort of jagged, the shirts always fit! And, of course, the cats hated them. :-)

  • I think you would be surprised the demand for these clothes at a reasonable price, would be. Very cute. The doll is really a cute doll.
    I got my ornament today. It’s really nice. No, I didn’t get too. I also like the paper that was in the bag.