Filed under: Article with tags: blythe on a budget, clothes, crafting, diy
There is a lot to be said for bought doll clothing. It’s generally fast, you don’t need to know how to sew or buy your own supplies. Let’s face it: the cost of various colours of thread, different types of fabric and then some kind of fabric to line it so that the darker colours won’t stain your doll? It takes money to make those clothes, but also energy and time. I’ve talked a lot in the past about where to find fabrics or small prints, but when it comes down to the nitty gritty, unless we’re all ready to dabble in pattern design – we need to know where to go to find size-appropriate designs for our Blythes.
One great website is PuchiCollective.com, a lot of people recommend this site for newbies because it has a lot of sewing patterns (many adapted from old Skipper patterns) along with some great tutorials on changing eye-chips, how to do the lock-loop method for rerooting dolly hair and tutorials on how to take scalps off of the doll’s head.
Some other great sites to check out are:
- Orriettacat’s sewing patterns
- xoxo, Blythe
- Simplicity #2353 (not free, but a good resource if you can find it on sale!)
For non-sewing patterns, but these patterns will still aid you in expanding your doll’s wardrobe, check out:
- knitty.com – knitting patterns
- Shershegirl – knitting pattern (plain onesie)
- Shershegirl – knitting pattern (poofy pantie onesie)
- Stitch Journal – knitting patterns (links on side menu)
Dress made with the Blythe Empire Dress pattern from puchicollective.com
When in doubt, you can always do a quick search on Google for “free Blythe patterns” or “free Skipper patterns” (or another similarly sized doll). There’s a lot of resources that are available online, you can also find sewing tutorials (for machine and hand sewing). There are a lot of Japanese books available (although not inexpensive at all factoring in cost of the item and shipping!) like Dolly Dolly or similar books (these generally have patterns for Blythe as well as other dolls that are popular in Japan).
Please remember to read the terms and conditions outlined on each individual pattern. Many of them are free for personal use only (not for commercial use) and be sure to respect the wishes of the designers.