The instructions in this tutorial will help you make front (or back) opening shirts for any size or scale of doll. The method shown uses a sewing machine, but the shirt can also be hand sewn, or carefully seamed with thin bands of iron on bonding or fabric glues.
Once you understand the method and have made your basic pattern to fit your particular doll, you can modify and adapt the shirts to a range of different materials and styles. The doll shirt shown here is a basic plain shirt with a front opening and long sleeves.
Materials Needed to Make a Basic Front Opening Doll's Shirt
- Custom Torso Sloper Pattern For Your Doll - The instructions to Make a Torso Sloper Pattern For Any Doll will show you how to make the basic pattern you need.
- Custom Arm Sloper Pattern - See instructions on next page for how to make a custom arm sloper to fit your doll.
- Fabric - Lightweight woven cotton in a small pattern or print in scale to your doll is a good fabric to start with. For miniature dolls, cotton lawn (or cotton handkerchiefs) are also good.
- Fray Check - or fabric glue. Fray check prevents tiny seams from fraying and allows you to work with 1/8 inch or smaller seams.
- Paper - For drawing out your pattern and to hold the fabric secure as you sew with a sewing machine.
- Lightweight Non Woven Interfacing - To make master pattern pieces.
- Pencil - to draw out the pattern
- Sharp Scissors To cut fabric and threads
- Sewing Machine or hand sewing supplies
- Thread - in a color which does not show easily against your fabric.
- Dressmaking Pins - to hold fabric pieces together.