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These patterns were created by me after I experienced no end of frustration that there are almost NO free downloadable patterns for sewing on the Web. These are totally free for anyone to use and distribute--just please don't claim that YOU made them. I have a computer and I can find out where you live. ^.~

Shown below are my renditions of what the finished pieces will look like, modeled by my lovely Juu-chan. (She's been a great sport, everybody give her a big hand!)
A sports top and shorts (or a sport bra and panties, in thinner material) A super dress (try making it without the sleeves for a different look)
a simple T-shirt style top and a really easy skirt A long-sleeved crop top and simple straight slacks

You can make each of the pieces shown above with these patterns--a crop top, a sport bra, a simple dress (with or without sleeves), a pair of straight slacks, a pair of panties/sport shorts, a T-shirt style top, and a super simple skirt! More experienced sewers will have a lot of fun shortening sleeves, lengthening hems, and modifying these patterns to suit their own tastes.

By using different fabric prints and adding trims and such, you'll be surprised at what variations you can come up with.

DISCLAIMER: These patterns are totally FREE and available for anyone to use. I make no guarantee that these patterns will work as well for you as they did for me. I recommend that you make up the first pieces in scrap cloth and fit them onto your doll first, making adjustments to the patterns as needed before using your "good" material.

YOU WILL NEED:

Printed patterns here and here, printed out actual size
These instructions (you should print them out for future reference)
Scissors
Straight pins
Material (firm weave lightweight cotton broadcloth is great for this stuff, except for the dress, which requires stretch knit to fit properly)
Matching thread
Needles (I use #7 Sharps)
Small snaps
Your doll, for fittings and adjustments

PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS

Print out the pattern pages (dollpattern.jpg and dollpattern2.jpg) and check the measurements (make sure the 1" square on the page really is 1".) If the grey square measures less or more than 1 inch, reset your printer's specifications to print out at 72 dpi, or use a photocopier to adjust the size of the patterns if you don't want to muck about with your printer settings.
Cut out the pattern pieces carefully along the lines, or trace them onto tissue paper if desired and cut out the traced pieces.

SPORT SHORTS/PANTIES (1 pattern piece)

Cut out 1 piece on fold.
Turn under 1/8" at waistband. Hem. Clip curves.
Turn under 1/8" at leg opening. Hem. Clip curves. Repeat for other leg opening.
Put right sides together and sew center back edges together from gusset to notch (about 1").
Sew gusset.
Turn under 1/8" of center back edges. Hem.
Sew a small snap on waistband.

SPORT BRA/CROP TOP (1 pattern piece for bra/sleeveless top)
Cut out 1 bodice on fold.
Turn armhole under 1/8". Hem. Clip curves. Repeat for other armhole.
Put right sides together. Sew side seams. Turn neckline under 1/8". Hem. Clip curves.
Turn bottom hemline under 1/8". Hem. Clip curves.
Turn center back edge under 1/8". Hem. Repeat for other center back edge.
Sew one small snap at back of neckline and another 1/2" from bottom edge.

DRESS (2 pattern pieces)

NOTE: Use stretch knit (i.e., t-shirt cotton) for best results. Cut out 1 dress on fold. Cut out 2 sleeves on fold.
Put right side of sleeve to armhole of dress, matching the top edge of the sleeve to the armhole. Sew together. Repeat for other sleeve.
Turn under 1/8" hem at edge of sleeve. Hem. Repeat for other sleeve.
Fold assembled piece with right sides together and sew side seams.
Turn neckline under 1/8". Hem. Clip curves.
Put center back edges together and sew together from bottom hem to notch (about 3 inches).
Turn bottom hem under 1/8". Hem.
Turn center back edges under 1/8". Hem.
Sew one small snap at back of neckline and another 1" from center back seam.

T-SHIRT (2 pattern pieces)

Cut out 1 T-shirt front on fold.
Cut out 2 T-shirt backs.
Place the right side of one T-shirt back to the T-shirt front, matching up shoulder edges, and sew the shoulder seam. Repeat with other T-shirt back.
Turn under 1/8" along sides between notches and sew armhole hem. Clip curves.
Match up sides and sew side seams.
Turn neckline under 1/8" and sew neckline hem. Clip curves.
Turn bottom edge under 1/8" and sew bottom hem.
Turn one back edge under 1/4" and sew hem. Repeat for other back edge.
Sew one small snap onto top corners where the back edges meet the neckline. Sew second small snap on about 1 inch from bottom edge.
Turn right side out and press lightly.

SIMPLE SKIRT (1 pattern piece)

Cut out 1 piece on fold.
Turn under 1/8" at bottom edge. Hem. Clip curves.
Turn under 1/8" of waistband and hem. Clip curves.
Put right sides together and sew together from bottom hem to notch.
Turn under 1/8" of back edges. Hem.
Sew small snap at waist hem.
Turn and press lightly.

CROP TOP (2 pattern pieces)

Cut out 1 bodice on fold; cut out 2 sleeves on fold.
Put right side of sleeve to armhole of bodice, matching the top edge of the sleeve to the armhole. Sew together. Repeat for other sleeve.
Turn under 1/8" hem at edge of sleeve. Hem. Repeat for other sleeve.
Fold assembled piece with right sides together and sew side seams.
Turn neckline under 1/8". Hem. Clip curves.
Turn bottom hem under 1/8". Hem.
Turn center back edge under 1/8". Sew. Repeat for other center back edge.
Sew one small snap at back of neckline and another 1/2" from bottom edge.

STRAIGHT SLACKS (1 pattern piece)

Cut out 2 pieces on fold (you can double-fold the material, or just cut each piece out separately).
Lay pieces flat, one on top of the other, with right sides together. Pin top edges together.
Sew pieces together from one notch to opposite top horizontal edge. Do not sew along horizontal edge! Clip curves.
Flatten joined pieces out and match up one outer leg seam with right edges together. Turn under 1/8" on slack cuff and hem. Sew outer leg seam. Clip curves at hip. Repeat for other side.
Turn under 1/8" of waistband and hem. Clip curves.
Turn under 1/8" of back edges. Hem.
Sew small snap at waist hem.
Turn and press lightly.

Well, there it is! Enjoy! For more sewing patterns, check out At Home Sewing for Fashion Dolls and More, which has lots of links to patterns downloadable in ZIP form, pictures of out-of-print patterns, links, and lots of other good stuff. ^.^

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