Printing and Using PDF Patterns

I would like to take some time to blog about how to print, use and work with the PDF patterns.
Once you receive your files, download them into your computer, then make sure you have the latest Adobe reader 10x or later.
Open your file or extract your file, double-click it, then it will open in Adobe, ready to print. It will print out without altering the size etc…I believe it will say “fit”.
After you see the pattern, you will note it looks small, this is because it has no seam allowance. Always make a few copies to work with for one garment, you may need to make alterations etc…
Cut out your pieces once you have determined what they are, I use a handy business card size magnifier that I bought at Hancock fabrics.
Lay your piece on the fabric and as you cut around them, add a seam allowance, this will vary according to your preferences for sewing, and or the fabric you have chosen.
These patterns have no hem allowances so you will add these as well. To make your jackets, skirts etc fit perfect, allow more seam at the hemlines of the pieces, less on regular seams. I do find that the sleeves are long, so you should test these against the doll, you can simple hold the paper piece up to her arm, and adjust your length, what ever you cut off on one portion of a sleeve, make sure you cut the same off of the other. Some sleeves are two-part construction and very nice if you like the back seam to add buttons to accent.
So now you have your adjustments for cutting out the fabric and extra pattern pieces for making facings to line.
Lining is something that requires experience in dressmaking for humans, as you want to apply the same techniques or similar. If you like your garment to have a nice finish and not show the lining, then facings are what you will need to work on. With these pieces, you can simply cut them where you want to make the facing meet the lining, example, jackets will need a back yoke facing and front facings so that no lining is exposed around necklines and collars.
To do the front, some patterns already show a facing, you would cut this in the main, but to get the other side of that piece in lining, you will need to place the facing over the main front piece and cut along the edge, now you have the second part of the front piece, you can cut this in lining, and these two sections will match the main front. If you sew your lining piece to your main piece, you can run a top stitch row down the right side, press the seam toward the lining, and sew on top to hold the lining back and in place. I do this for almost all my hems, sleeves as well.
Back yokes are very easy, you take your back pattern piece and fold down about an inch from the neckline, you have a crease to work will and now you will cut the top in main fabric, allowing a seam under the crease and of course around the rest of the piece. Do the same for the bottom only in a lining, add a seam allowance at the crease, and now you have two section that when sewn together become the back lining, once again you can top stitch pressing the seam toward the lining to do this. Neat and tidy and the lining stays put. Lining takes practice, but mainly at this scale you are looking to add an exact lining, you don’t need much give but you should make sure your lining is a good fit as lining fabrics have little stretch, therefore you must cut your lining exact or bigger than your main fabrics.
The use of different fabrics will alter the size of a finished garment, cottons have stretch and are more forgiving in fit, silks press sharp and make perfect corners, for a realistic finish, but not as forgiving in fit, so you have to take this into account when starting your garment.
Please email if you have questions or need advice on the patterns.
I have not included instructions with many of them, they are not clear and more for human construction, so don’t make much sense for doll seamstresses. If you cannot figure out what a piece is, let me know and I will help you as much as I can.
Thank you
Brenda

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. MatisseFashions
    May 21, 2017 @ 07:30:41

    Gracias, los patrones son 4 para 10.00 nosotros y el si usted envía el sus selecciones puedo darle un total.
    Acepto PayPal utilizando el botón familia y amigos a mi dirección de correo electrónico bvisaya63@Yahoo.CA
    Espero saber de TI de nuevo
    Brenda

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  2. Naru Mokno
    May 20, 2017 @ 23:05:44

    Buenas noches, e empezado a hacer ropa de Barbie por dos razones, siempre me ha encantado la muñeca y para que mi niña de 3 años juegue, me encanta ver su carita cuando ve un vestido nuevo o ropita que hice para su muñeca. quiero saber como descargo los patrones, no veo ningun link. Gracias

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  3. MatisseFashions
    Feb 01, 2017 @ 17:13:03

    Thank you Ann, glad you are following along.

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  4. Ann Wooten
    Feb 01, 2017 @ 12:49:11

    Love the new look of your web page!

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  5. Antonio Edwards
    Jan 01, 2016 @ 07:58:50

    I am a gentleman that is inspired by Barbie, and learning to draft patterns. I am interested in making a Barbie collection. I am a undergrad in Fashion Design, would any of your patterns be for the newer Barbie 2015? Would you have any beginner patterns? Would you know of a book that teaches how to draft and sew Barbie clothes?

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  6. Sarah Jane Jennings
    Jun 16, 2015 @ 12:46:14

    I know that you have patterns for Gene etc, but I’m having trouble finding them? Do your patterns comes in both 12″ and 16″?

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  7. Pnc Kp
    Jan 10, 2015 @ 11:28:36

    oh

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  8. bvisayc556
    Nov 05, 2013 @ 10:34:30

    Hi, thanks for letting me know, they are printing fine for me, and I don`t have heard from others having this problem, but you may have to change settings to allow these to print in PDF on your computer, download them and save them, then go in and open them to print. See if that works and let me know thanks.
    Brenda

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  9. Sandy C Chiquito
    Nov 05, 2013 @ 10:15:06

    I downloaded the patterns listed on your flash widgets but the majority of them are corrupt.

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  10. Terry Brown
    May 26, 2013 @ 18:30:07

    I am having trouble finding patterns for 16″ dolls on your site. Are all patterns in both sizes?

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