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From: Sewanddairy
Date: 02-17-2006, 02:53 PM (1 of 8)
I am interested in making costumes as well as doll clothes. I do basic pattern making now.

But can anyone suggest a good book for pattern making for costumes for adults.

Also, I have tried to make doll clothes. I would like to one day make 21 inch porcelain dolls with some of my designs as well. My big problem I have with this is when it comes to measureing and drawing out the patterns. I can't quit use the same ease and measurements for humans.:-) I'm not sure exactly how to do that.

Also, my theory is that if I work out some of my wild ideas in doll form to work out the kinks it would be better.

User: Sewanddairy
Member since: 02-17-2006
Total posts: 5
From: Scratch 'N Sniff
Date: 02-17-2006, 03:21 PM (2 of 8)
I've used "The Magic Garment" for ideas for stage costuming, and I always turn to "The Costumer's Manifesto" at for inspiration.

As for the pattern making, can't help you there, I always draft my own patterns.
User: Scratch 'N Sniff
Member since: 01-02-2003
Total posts: 46
From: fronno
Date: 02-18-2006, 03:18 AM (3 of 8)
I do not know why you should use dolls. You just draw the patterns on scale and you are there.
With kind regards,
User: fronno
Member since: 04-26-2004
Total posts: 79
From: Sewanddairy
Date: 02-18-2006, 05:04 PM (4 of 8)
Thanks so much for your help.
User: Sewanddairy
Member since: 02-17-2006
Total posts: 5
From: crazy4quilting
Date: 03-11-2006, 07:12 AM (5 of 8)
Hi There,

Try this link for some creative ideas on some costumes. They had some really cue ones for kids, etc.,2024,DIY_13731,00.html
A Girl Can Never Have Too Much Fabric!
User: crazy4quilting
Member since: 03-14-2002
Total posts: 51
From: fronno
Date: 03-11-2006, 11:09 AM (6 of 8)
Winifred Aldrich

All three of them

Metric Pattern Cutting
Metric Pattern Cutting for Children's wear and babywear
Metric Pattern Cutting for Men's wear

If you give yourself the time and patience you will learn everything you need out of those books. They are used on professional level.

But just for the side record. Doll's clothes never, ever are made the same as human's cloths. Dolls look like people but are def. not build like people.
With kind regards,
User: fronno
Member since: 04-26-2004
Total posts: 79
From: Magot
Date: 03-11-2006, 11:15 AM (7 of 8) to visit some people who REALLY know what they are talking about - book can now be ordered on Amazon - Ninya is really nice and gave me very useful advice on making a French Hood a while back.
love and kisses, Jan
Cells a Speciality
DNA to order.
User: Magot
Member since: 12-22-2002
Total posts: 3626
From: Orc40k
Date: 05-26-2006, 08:52 AM (8 of 8)
Awesome link, Magot/Jan. I may just have to go out and buy the book, too. is a great reference, too. Even though both places concentrate on historical garments, they do help you find great drafting hints.

Just for grins, you might want to see some of my costume efforts. They are less meticulous than my regular stuff, but the kids loved them. ;) The shield for the knight's outfit is a cardboard pizza box that I painted. His school mascot is the polar bear. There are earlier journals about fitting and constructing the costumes that might help. I drafted the patterns based on some pictures the kids picked out from a costume catalog.
User: Orc40k
Member since: 06-29-2005
Total posts: 47
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