So you are tired of the same old doll outfits and you would like to make some more of your own stylish miniature doll clothes? Look no further than printable doll clothes patterns!
Yes, you heard it well, you can easily make your own miniature doll clothes and find plenty of resources online, you just need to know where to find them!
Today, I am here to help you find these patterns, which wasn’t always easy, but let’s go and dive straight into things!
But first, what exactly are miniature printable doll clothes patterns and why would you use them?
Tiny doll clothes are obviously designed to fit on tiny dolls 😉
These come in a variety of styles and designs and there are a ton of miniature accessories accompanying them, like miniature bags, hats, shoes, and tiny purses.
The advantage of creating your own doll clothes with the help of printable patterns is that you can choose the colors yourself, change them to your own style and personality, and add your own embellishments: other buttons and lace, for example.
Now, most doll clothes patterns that you find online will be full bigger-sized dolls, but let’s go and try to find the perfect outfit for your small doll!
Where to find Miniature printable doll clothes?
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1. Lots To Find on Pinterest!
Pinterest is a fantastic source to find any ideas on miniatures and dollhouses, but you can also find tons of printable doll clothes patterns, in a lot of different styles and themes, such as vintage Victorian to modern and more.
I have found a few interesting Pinterest profiles on printable doll clothes:
- Chelly Wood: mostly has free printable clothes patterns in modern style
- Ribbonwood: Has a lot of fancy designed clothes patterns and also doll clothes tutorials
- SewingmachineFun: This Pinterest account mostly has everything there is to know about sewing real-size clothes, but also lots of DIY miniature clothes patterns for dolls.
- And more, please use the search function at the top of your Pinterest account 😉
I’m sure that you will find even more interesting Pinterest accounts on this topic;-)
I would love it if you follow my Pinterest account as well, if you like miniatures and dollhouses that is 😉 Thank you!
2. My old-time favorite marketplace to be: Etsy
Etsy has a lot of printable PDF files for bigger dolls, but also a few miniature printable doll clothes patterns for a very small price. Mostly for Barbie dolls though or dolls on a similar scale as Barbie.
- Krisses Korner:
Kriss has a lot of sewing patterns for doll clothes:
– 12″ sachet dolls
– 17″ sewing patterns for Santa dolls
– Sewing Patterns for 11″ and 23″ Dolls and Doll Clothing
– and also 16″Doll Sewing Patterns – “Heirloom Babies”
– and much more
- CrossStitch BeautyArt:
The next clothes doll patterns from Beauty art are mostly Barby doll related. But you could of course use these patterns for dolls with a similar scale size. (11 1/2″- 12 1/2″ ).
These are always digital PDF files.
- Atelier Caroline Sew
This store has a lot of cute clothes sewing patterns for mini dolls (5″x3″), but also for animal dolls.
That’s it for now, I’m sure that you can find lots more printable doll clothes patterns on Etsy 😉
How to customize or resize any miniature printable doll clothes?
With the help of the next steps, you should be able to resize any doll clothes patterns to fit your dolls that have another size or scale and hopefully become a pro ;-).
- The first logical step is of course to decide on which size you want to have your new doll clothes in.
This means that you need to know the size of your doll by measuring all of these:
– measure your doll from the top of its head to the soles of its feet
– measure its waist
– measure its chest and hips.
Write down all these measurements on a piece of paper.
- Are they worth changing?
See if these measurements match the pattern that you have in front of you. If they are quite close to your doll’s measurements, you might not want to even change the pattern.
If not, you will need to resize it.
- Enlarge or reduce the pattern?
To resize the pattern and enlarge or reduce it, you can do this with the help of a photocopier or a printer with a resizing feature.
Using a photocopier? Then just place the original pattern on the glass and adjust the size as needed.
Using a printer? Open the pattern file on your computer and use the software on it to resize the pattern.
I have talked about this some more in a former article on printable dollhouse miniatures.
- Adjust the seam allowances: a tricky part of the process.
This can be a tricky part in miniature-size doll clothes; adjusting the seam allowances.
Measure the seam allowance on the original pattern and add or subtract this latter from the resized pattern.
For example: the original pattern has a 1/4 ” seam allowance, while you enlarged the pattern by 25%.
In this case, you will need to add 1/16 ” to the seam allowance. (doing the math: 1/4 inch x 25%=1/16 inch)
- Make a test design or mock-up.
Before you start the real thing, cut out some inexpensive fabric (muslin) for a mock-up.
This will allow you to test out if you need to make any adjustments before cutting out the more expensive fabric.
- Let’s cut out the fabric!
You are now happy with the fit of the mock-up? You can now cut out the resized pattern.
Be sure to cut out the pattern very carefully, it is even more important in a small size.
- Sew the doll’s clothes carefully.
The final step is to sew the clothes together following the instructions of the pattern. If you made any adjustments to the pattern, make sure to note them down for future reference.
For 3,63$ only, I would recommend these instructions below by MimmisAtticTreasures on how to resize any doll clothes pattern.
If you are a bit more visual, like me, there are a number of Youtube videos out there that could help you with this as well!
Choosing the right fabrics for your dolls clothes
When choosing the right fabrics for your doll’s clothes, it is important to have a look at the size of your doll and the scale of its clothes.
Fabrics that have very large prints don’t look as good on smaller dolls, while fabrics with just one color or no patterns may look kind of boring on larger dolls.
Washing your fabrics before sewing them for your doll’s clothes is also important to avoid shrinkage or “bleeding” of colors.
Cotton is an easy type of fabric to work with and it comes in a wide range of colors and prints and is widely available.
Linen is lightweight, durable, and has a crisp, clean look, which makes it ideal for making summer clothes for dolls, just like in the real world 🙂
Wool looks warm, fuzzy, and cozy and is perfect to make winter clothes for your dolls. It is also quite easy to work with.
Fleece is super soft and is perfect for making mini jackets, hats, and other winter-weather accessories for dolls.
If you like some luxury then silk is a perfect luxurious kind of fabric that is suitable for making fancy dresses and other formal wear for your dolls. It is very lightweight and has a pretty “shine”
Some more tips and tricks and fun ideas for creating miniature printable doll clothes.
Here are a few tips that I can add to the topic of doll clothes patterns, but most of all: have fun with them and don’t try to be to perfect!
- The video below shows you how to create a DIY pattern for doll clothes with the help of plastic foil and tape! Quite peculiar, no?
- Experiment with different types of fabric, this can add to a much more fun-looking wardrobe for your dolls.
- Add a touch of personality to your printable doll clothes patterns: draw extra beads, buttons, or sequins to it: add some sparkles to your doll’s life haha!
- Don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns to create unique outfits. Why not combine a floral T-shirt with a striped skirt, for example?
- Use fabric paint to give your dolls clothes just this extra “touch”.
- Create dolls miniature accessories, you don’t even need to use expensive materials like leather, how about creating papercraft mini shoes, for example?
( while you are at my Youtube channel, I would very much appreciate it if you subscribe to it, thanks 😉 )
- Create doll outfits along the seasons!
Don’t let your doll wear a T-shirt and shorts in the wintertime, will you? haha
- Get some inspiration from real fashion design; look at the trends and check out fashion blogs or magazines and try to recreate some of the looks in a small size.
- There is a variety of techniques that you can use. Don’t limit yourself to just sewing.
As you could see in my video above, you can even do some origami for accessories or gluing clothes together for your dolls, using Tacky glue or Liquid Stitch glue.
Another fantastic video for you is down below for your reference! (I never get tired of these videos, do you?)
- Create different themed outfits.
There is a lot of choice in the doll clothes world regarding themes, here’s a small list:
– fantasy clothes
– Historical costumes
– Disney patterns or fairytale patterns
– Gothic clothes
– soft toy patterns
– paper doll patterns
– American girl doll patterns, and more..
Let your creativity run wild!
- Create a display for your doll’s clothes!
Once you have a nice collection of doll clothes, you can showcase them in miniature scenery.
Create a miniature wardrobe or even a miniature fashion boutique to show off your miniature doll clothes!
My Final Conclusion.
I hope that you found this blog post on printable doll clothes patterns interesting enough and if you have any more questions on the topic, please feel free to leave them down below in the comment section.
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I wish you happy crafting!
My name is Lizzy, and I am an amateur miniaturist obsessed with everything in the dollhouse and miniature world, ever since I was a teenager.
I love to write as well about all things happening in the miniature world, hence the reason why I created this blog!
I wish you happy reading and crafting!