I often hear mothers complaining that they have to make several different sizes of the one outfit for their daughter’s dolls because they are all slightly different in size and while one outfit is perfect on one doll, it may be too tight or too loose on another doll らぶどーる. This is especially the case with their American Girl Dolls because they are all stitched and stuffed individually and therefore vary in size considerably.
Good news Mom/Grandma! I have come up with a solution that has worked brilliantly for me over the years and I am constantly being told my doll clothes fit perfectly even though I don’t have the doll to try the clothes on as I am making the outfit. Some clothes even fit both the American Girl Doll and the Cabbage Patch doll which vary in torso size tremendously.
Clips and buttons are the traditional method used to fasten doll clothes, however Velcro is far more flexible and adjustable. Velcro is a fantastic invention and can be used when sewing doll clothes patterns to create flexible sized doll clothes with great success… without the hassle of adjusting your doll clothes patterns! It has ‘loops’ on one side and ‘hooks’ on the other side and when they join together it fastens beautifully and lasts forever.
There is no hand sewing required and no mucking around with button holes. Using a straight stitch, simply attach the ‘loop’ onto the top on one side of your garment and attach the ‘hook’ to the underside of the garment on the opposite side. Make sure to line up both pieces of Velcro so that they connect properly but you don’t have to be as accurate with this as when sewing clips and buttons.
The Velcro can be cut as big or as small as you require. The bigger/wider the ‘loop’ side of the Velcro, the more adjustment or flexibility given to your doll clothes pattern. When putting the outfit on your smaller doll, the Velcro is overlapped completely and you do not see any Velcro. Then when your larger doll wears the same outfit, the ‘hook’ side of the Velcro is attached to the ‘loop’ side but not overlapped as much and some of the ‘loop’ is visible. The size of the doll determines the amount of overlap of the Velcro. This method also lets you adjust the pattern to fit tightly, just right, or loose, depending on the look that you want.