One-Piece Sunsuit for Babydolls
And Matching Bonnet
8 Sizes for Small to Large Babydolls
Designed by PrillyCharmin
~~~ SEWING INSTRUCTIONS ~~~
PLAYSUIT BODY LENGTH
Measure your doll from the base of the neck to the center crotch. This is the body length. Then choose the playsuit that is recommended for your dollís body length. The measurement written on each playsuit size indicates the maximum length that the suit will fit.
NORMAL OR CHUBBY SIZE?
You will see that the patterns have two different fold lines for normal size dolls or for chubby dolls. Most dolls will fit the normal size. The pattern is meant for all the chubby little all-vinyl infant dolls, because most babydolls are kinda chubby so you donít NEED to use the chubby size unless itís a REALLY fat babydoll.
The compo baby in the photo above is chubby, but she's a normal babydoll size. Some dolls are especially wide and chunky, like the Lots to Love Berenguer dolls or the Mattel My Child dolls. The chubby dolls have a short body and wider width. The chubby size might be appropriate for bears too, but I havenít tried it.
ZILLION WAYS TO DECORATE
This one-piece playsuit or sunsuit is very easy to make and is very cute on our all-vinyl babydolls. And, there are endless ways to trim and edge the sunsuit for various styles and looks. Iím sure there will be endless creative variations of this adorable pattern.
- You can edge it with narrow bias tape, or ruffled lace, rickrack, or other trims.
- If you want to use double fabric and stitch the two pieces together, you can make a reversible sunsuit.
- If you make the suit with spandex fabric, it will look like a swim suit. If you make it out of taffeta trimmed with ruffled lace, you will have a glamour baby playsuit.
- You can add contrasting fabric around the edges, just cut the contrast fabric strips on the bias.
- Sew ruffles across the rearÖ or not. Itís all up to you!
FINISH THE SIDES FIRST
Finish the sides of the suit first, with whatever trims or lace you are using. Then stitch your trims around the neckline and the top edge of the backside. If you are using bias tape around the edges, be sure to leave enough extra length at waist and neck to serve as ties. If youíre using ribbons for ties, you can add ribbons later. The photo below shows a finished sunsuit with the ties on it.
Measure the outside of your dollís head to determine what size you will need. Use a tape measure around the head, just above the ears, across the forehead at the hairline and around the back of the head, so youíre measuring a little bit at an angle Ė around the widest part of the head. This is also how we measure for wigs. FOR EXAMPLE: if your doll measures 12 inches around, then select the bonnet size that is recommended for 12 inch heads.
The bonnet needs to be lined (double fabric for stiffening) and even better if you use some pellon inside to stiffen it more.
- Stitch around the brim and the bottom back edge first: I drew some black lines on the photo above to show where you need to stitch.
- Then turn the bonnet right side out. Iron it.
- If you wish to add rickrack or other trims around the edge of the bonnet, now is the time to do it: before you stitch the back seams.
- Then stitch the back seams.
- Add the ribbons for ties.
These outfits are very easy to make, but it's critical to get the FIT just right, so it's a good idea to make a practice outfit first, before you use any "special" or expensive fabrics.
SIZE IT UP
You can try the playsuit on your doll before you even start sewing on it. Just try the ďrawĒ fabric on the doll and check the fit. Is it too long? Too short? Too wide? Too narrow? And sometimes the crotch is a lot wider than it needs to be so you can adjust that too before you start sewing.
It is easier to trace around a doll dress pattern, and then cut it out (rather than trying to cut around those teeny pattern pieces.) Your cut pieces are more likely to be accurate if you trace the pattern. I use pencil, lightly. Or dressmaker's chalk. We saw an old 1950's video showing a factory designer making a gown for the vintage Tiny Tears doll, and she traced around the pattern pieces too!
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