I have decided to make patterns for fitted dresses and corsets for a number of my dolls. It took me a few days to achieve the goal, but here is a sneak peek into the process. I chose 10 types of dolls that I needed.
And the dolls are…
In the back row (left to right): Gotz Chantal (58 cm), Gotz Winter doll (50 cm), Kidz’n’Cats Grace (46 cm), Tonner American Model Wonder Woman (58 cm).
The front row: Iplehouse KID Lonnie (35 cm), Iplehouse JID Isar (43 cm), Fairyland Mirwen (41 cm), Bo Bergemann Ambriel (43 cm), Tonner Carrie (Tyler body, 40 cm), Kaye Wiggs Layla (45 cm).
I wrapped all of them with clinging wrap first and then with masking tape (one shouldn’t attempt to wrap dolls with masking tape alone or it will get stuck to the body).
Then I used a pen to draw pattern lines on the wrappings. As one needs only one half of the body to create a pattern, it is possible to create two patterns on just one wrapping. I did three (for a fitted dress with a sleeve, for a dropped shoulder princess dress and also for a corset).
Then I carefully (as not to damage dolls) cut the forms along the back central line and took them off. I ended up with a large pile of strangely shaped paper. Now I will gradually work my way through it and transfer the patterns onto A4 sheets of paper.