Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Making Doll Clothes from Baby Clothes

Baby doll with onsies

Just to let you know I'm not really the greatest seamstress.  I love to sew but I don't want it to be too complicated.  So, when I realized how easy it was to make doll clothes from baby clothes I jumped right on it!  I can't wait to find little clothes at garage sales this summer to be able to make over some more!  

Three different outfits from onesies

I made three different doll outfits from the extra baby onesies I had sitting in my closet. On all three I used the same basic technique to start with:

Measuring the outfit to the doll

I turned the onesie inside out and placed the baby doll on top.  Then using pins I made it fit the baby doll using a 1 inch seam allowance. I pinned up the sides, the sleeves, and the top neckline. The only thing I didn't worry about too much was the back collar.  I thought having a big neck opening might help her to dress the doll.  I don't want her frustration level to get too high!  It's totally up to you though.

After I had sewn the seams (including arms and neckline) I then cut the onesie to the style I wanted.   These are just suggestions as to what you can do. Make sure you measure to make sure it fits your dolls size.  I measured my doll and from top to bottom it was 12 inches high.

The first one a cute baby doll outfit: 

First outfit I made

I cut the onesie in half then hemmed the bottom of the top half. 

Then I put elastic around the waist for the bottom half.

Next up was a long gown with a diaper:


This one was so easy!  

cutting the material

I cut close to the bottom snaps snaps leaving a little room to hem the bottom diaper. I then hemmed up both the top and bottom to get a cute set.  The diaper didn't need elastic to stay up.

My last was the sleeper:

PJ's done

I made PJ's by again cutting off the bottom as close to the snaps as possible.  Then, after measuring the legs I cut the material and sewed the seams.  I made a little straight seam in the middle of the legs for the crouch.  I then hemmed the pant legs.

I'm on a roll -I hope to make a complete wardrobe for the baby doll and give it to my beautiful granddaughter as a present in the future.  

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