Ask Our Readers: Doll Patterns

Okay readers…I admit, I have an addiction.  The addiction is doll patterns.  I do pretty good for awhile and then I buy them.  It’s a love I’ve always had from a child on up.  The first thing I ever really sewed was doll clothes.  Honestly, they are one of my favorite things to make.   It doesn’t matter if it’s Barbie clothes or doll clothes…I love making them all.

One year for Christmas I made our daughter Kayla a BIG box of doll clothes that fit her doll.  She played with them lots and lots.  Another year I made a huge box of barbie doll clothes for the oldest two girls.  It had 3 or 4 different wedding dresses along with about three matching brides maid dresses.  There were lots and lots of other clothes in there too-gowns, costumes, everything I could think of to make.  I sewed every night for weeks making all the outfits.  I had LOTS of fun.

As a kid I loved dolls and Barbies and played all the time.  I actually come from a line of doll clothes makers.  My mom was awesome at it.  My sister is too!

Last weekend we were in Waterloo and I stopped in at JoAnn’s.  Hubby was at Menards so I had time to kill.  That left me at the pattern table.  Simplicity had a new book out that I hadn’t seen before.  It was just of doll clothes patterns.  WOW, I was in awe and really wanted some of the patterns.

I am an American Girl fan.  I love the books and read all of them to our youngest.  Each of the girls have a doll-or two.  It was the big splurge they had for Christmas.

Being I love all things historical and love to make doll clothes you can see that I’d love these patterns.

Doing childcare with all the kiddos here they are all HUGE frozen fans so I’d love to get this pattern too.

But you all know me…I’m the cheapskate.  I’ll never pay the big price for any of these patterns.

I don’t need these patterns today or tomorrow…and in all reality, I don’t NEED them at all…I just want them.  Who knows if I’ll even ever have a grand daughter who likes dolls?!?!  But oh, I would like to own these patterns.

So my question to you blog readers is this…Could someone please let me know when patterns go on sale and are only a $1?  I want to add these and a couple others to my collection.  Aren’t they just adorable??  Does anyone know if there is some schedule or organization to their sales?  I want to be there the first day before they sell out!

14 thoughts on “Ask Our Readers: Doll Patterns”

  1. Simplicity patterns are on sale at Joanns for $1.99 through Mar. 28th…. Maybe only in-store? McCalls will be on sale 3 for $5 April 2nd – 4th and Butterick April 9th – 11th.

  2. I have the same addiction and that $1 sale always hooks me. Get on the mailing list for Joanns and for parts of the year you will get lots of sales flyers. Now it seems like monthly is their schedule for mailers. Big thing is catching the new patterns when they come in. Make friends with the manager of the store you like. They are sometimes very helpful.

  3. When I was into AG clothing sewing, I used lots of patterns from Liberty Jane. They are almost all contemporary clothes, but easy and quick to make. Younger grand tells me that they were her favorites of all the doll clothes she had.

  4. We have a LOT of old and antique doll and doll clothes patterns. If you or anyone is interested in them, please let me know. My mother-in-law sewed a lot of antique doll clothes and Barbie clothes many years ago.

  5. You might Like this Facebook page .
    ‎18″ doll club – Sewing and Creative Crafts for 18 inch Dolls

    People are showing the outfits they are making for 18 inch dolls. I am a want to be doll clothes sewer. I have made simple skirts. Soon I will get out my hoard of patterns and sew one.

  6. Have not seen the Joann’s or Hancock’s $1.00 patterns in a long while. Simplicity is now on for $1.99 though today,3-28, is last day at Joann’s.

  7. I actually bought that Frozen AG doll pattern at a $1 sale at Hancock’s! There are about 45 pattern pieces in that little envelope. Way too many to turn loose among three little girls who want to sew for their AG dolls. I also bought a simpler pattern for them, and they each made a poncho out of fleece for their dolls.

  8. If you sign up for JoAnn’s coupon’s, you can get both the paper flyer in the mail and then the coupons in you e-mail. Lots of coupons to play with. I have been able to use a combination of them both as long as the codes are different you can use them at the same time.

    Just thought I would pass on my little tip.


  9. If there are Hobby Lobby stores in Iowa, they frequently put Simplicity and McCalls patterns on sale for $1 or sometimes 5/$5, etc. They always have an ad in the Sunday papers with a 40% off coupon for any regular priced item, too.

    Also, try going online and searching for “free 18″ doll clothes patterns”. Many doll bloggers who make up their own patterns will offer them for free or free for a limited time.

  10. Jerry in sealy

    A kindred spirit, started sewing, my Toni and tiny tears dolls. Still have my original patterns, and have added some over the years. Collected the new 18″ doll patterns every time the were $1 each. Making them now for a whole new generation of little doll lovers. Making doll clothes is almost as fun as quilting!! Of course all my babies have doll quilts.

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