I love Waldorf dolls, but I do not own any.
So when I started the Doll Dressmaking Series, I designed the 16 inch Waldorf Doll patterns from the measurements of a local dollmaker who makes lovely Waldorfs. But doll sizes vary, even in mass produced plastic dolls, but especially in Waldorfs.
The good news is with a soft doll, arms, heads and waists can be squeezed in a bit to make things work. But if things are too big they drape or worse still, fall off.
So I asked for feedback from those sewing for Waldorf dolls and I was grateful to here from Andrea, all of the way over in Germany.
She had been using my patterns to sew dresses for her beautiful Waldorf dolls and yes, she had made a few adjustments.
Here's what she said she did:
1. Overall she made the bodice/dress more narrow at the side seams of both the front and back.
2. She also moved the front center foldline in a bit to make the front narrower.
3. She added a bit to the back center edge to make more of an overlap where the dress snaps closed.
4. She made the neckline a bit larger.
Above I have drawn on the original pattern to show you approximately what Andrea did. These type of adjustments can be done to any bodice/dress pattern to make it fit a specific doll better. Some times it takes a few tries on how far to take in before you get the exact right fit. When you find it, be sure to draw on your pattern or a copy of your pattern, so you can repeat what you did.
Thank you Andrea!
I will include a link to the PDF pattern for Andrea's adjustment in next week's newsletter.
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