I finished up the denim doll clothes from Simplicity 4271. I think they came out pretty well. The “dress” on the bear to the left is a size small shirt. The small size is for baby dolls from 12-14 inches tall; the bear is 10.5, so I would expect it to fit the correct baby doll … well … correctly. The dress on the baby to the right is a size medium which is for 16-18 inch dolls; that doll is 15″. My guess is that would be a VERY short dress on an 18″ doll. The pattern envelope illustration does show a VERY short dress, and you can make matching panties/diaper cover for the babies.
And, lastly, we have the size medium jumpsuit on the 15″ baby doll. I got some water on the jumpsuit; Baby’s diaper didn’t leak. The pants are just a little bit too long which surprised me. I was expecting to have to cuff them. They definitely would be too short for an 18″ doll. The pattern called for trim around the pant legs, too, but I didn’t have enough. I use scraps for the doll clothes and scraps for the trim.
PS Baby is an American Girl Bitty Baby.
PPS I made Baby’s t-shirt, too.
Very easy pattern for a tank top, overalls, 2 dresses, and panties for baby dolls sized 12-14 inches, 16-18 inches, and 20-22 inches. I made the size small tank top, the medium size dress, and the medium size overalls.
The small is for dolls 12-14 inches tall. The teddy bear is 10.5 inches tall and the top looks like a dress on her. I think it would look just right on a 12-14 inch baby doll.
The medium is for dolls 16-18 inches tall. The baby doll is 15 inches tall. The dress is an excellent length on her, and the overalls are just a bit long. The cover illustration shows the dress as being very short, and that’s what it would be like on an 18″ doll. It seems to me that the overalls would be too short for an 18 inch doll, but that would be a very easy alteration.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
It does look like the line drawing, but the top really isn’t shown on the pattern envelope. I didn’t even realize it was included until after I’d bought the pattern.
The dress and the overalls do look like the pattern envelope.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Oh, yes, but considering that there’s hardly anything to these, that should be expected.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
LIKE: Simple, clean lines
DISLIKE: Hm. Nothing.
Leftover stretch denim.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I used one snap source snap for the back closure instead of whatever the pattern recommended, and I double topstitched the neck, armholes, and hemline.
Since I use scraps for these, I didn’t have enough trim to do the legs of the overalls.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes & Yes
This is a great pattern to use up scraps. The clean, simple lines of the clothing are good for dolls that are actually played with. It’s easy for small children to dress and undress the dolls in these styles.