Just a quick tutorial or tip on making a doll size head piece for Halloween – Cat’s ears, Devil’s Horns, crowns… etc
Halloween is near! It’s still time to make costumes… for dolls!
Here is an easy sew (or even no sew if you’re good with glue) pattern for a sixth scale fashion doll. The cape can cater to more dolls, the hat is patterned to fit Barbie size head. You can attach a ribbon to make it sit on top of bigger dolls head, or over a hairdo.
You need: Thin craft felt (or just paper!) for the hat, some ribbon, and fabric for the cape.
For putting things together, either needle and thread, or fabric glue.
Craft felts on amazon – get the felt on this one, not foam – the glue I use for fabrics is FabriTac (it costs 3-times more to me because of postages to ship to Finland, but I still buy it because it’s the best!) Cape fabric you most likely find around house. Recycle an old shirt you don’t wear anymore? If you’re a kid and parents are still buying your clothes, ALWAYS ASK THEM which are okay to recycle and explain why you need to do that to avoid getting into trouble 🙂 You might even get your mom to go through their wardrobe and give you some awesome things to recycle.
Print out the pattern at 100% with no margin (should fit full A4). Sorry about scruffy lines, I was in a hurry to post this before Halloween… just cut it smooth…
Or, if you don’t have printer, the pattern pieces are quite simple, so you might try to draw your own freehand with your doll as a size guide.
The seam allowances on the hat are small (0.6mm)
If your cape fabric frays, you want to glue or sew around the edges to stop that. If you find fabric that doesn’t fray, or you like the fray effect, all you need to do with the cape is cut it out, and attach a tying ribbon on the top edge. Remember to make it long enough so it’s easy to make a bow.
The hat, cut the pieces out of craft felt. sew the straight edges together to make a cone.
Attach the lover edge of the cone into the brim. You may need to cut the little slits, or stretch the felt a little to make it fit.
You can attach them with fabric glue, or sewing. Hand stitching recommended. You may also try to make a hat with colored paper, if you don’t have suitable fabric/felt at hand!
I know I’m not really good at explaining… And there are lots of doll heads that might want a witches hat, so maybe I’ll try to make a little video tutorial on how to make these in other sizes and how to attach them.
Or is there one already? I found this one that is making Monster High witch hat with paper.
If there is doll hat tutorials / patterns available already, please let me know!
I’d like to add more custom made 18th century styles to etsy shop.
BUT I need to make a sample dress to have awesome photoshoot with, to showcase that yes, I can make the style and how it will look with or without corsets etc. These are all styles I have experience with, can be patterned with measurements,
and can be made within various price range, historical accuracy, materials, trims and colors.
French style / pannier dress:
English style printed cotton dress:
Colonial style woolen jacket and dress:
The dress in far right.
I have made men’s outfit similar to what these gents wear, but I feel as there already exist suppliers like Jas.Townsend that have more experience and fair prices, I’m happy to leave men’s wear for now but can always make exception for Finnish / European customers that may not wish to order over seas.
So what do you think? Which style should be made available first?
Take the poll to vote for your favorite style!
Best case scenario, I will have it up for sale just in time for upcoming Halloween.
Something else? The only Regency spencer jacket I’ve made sold quite quickly (and I’ve made an empire ball gown the customer loved), so I’m considering empire clothing, but again, there already exist suppliers so I feel I need more practice to be able to offer superior quality because living in one of the most expensive countries in the world I cannot compete with prices.