Men's shirt pattern for 18 in dolls

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Men's shirt pattern for 18 in dolls Pattern


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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details






Doll/Doll Clothing

Skill Level:

medium skill level requirement Intermediate

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Basic dressmaking skills

Pattern Description:

Who is Charlie? Charlie is a cheeky little boy who loves to share. He doesn't mind at all when his sister borrows his shirts to wear with her trendy jeans!

This pattern is for a men's shirt sized for 18 inch dolls. The traditional shirt has a button band, lined yoke, curved hem, left breast pocket, grandad or standard collar, and a choice of short sleeves or traditional long sleeves with cuffs.

The shirt is loose fitting enough to give the impression that your doll has "borrowed" her big brother's shirt. The fastenings have been created "man style" to further the impression that your doll is wearing her brother's shirt, but if you prefer you can swap the fastenings over to the "girlie" side. The choice is yours.

Men's shirts were popular fashion choices for women in the 1980s and were often worn jazzed up with a big belt or loose over a dress or boilersuit.

Suitable fabrics for shirtmaking are cotton lawn, cheesecloth, linen, cotton/linen mix or poly cotton. Stripes and ginghams are great for shirts, whether woven or printed, although you may need to "fussy cut" the pocket piece so that your pattern matches. If your fabric stripe or plaid is printed, I recommend that you use the grain markings to follow the printed fabric pattern rather than the grainline just in case the fabric is printed off-grain.

This pattern is a great way to learn pattern matching techniques (for the shirt pocket), and the shirts will prove a great wardrobe staple for your doll.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • To fit 18 inch soft bodied dolls and the 15 inch soft bodied Bitty Baby style dolls


  • half a yard of fabric, fusible interfacing

You Will Also Need:

  • Anti snag Velcro, buttons

About Designer

About Designer

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I've been sewing, knitting, crocheting and embroidering all my life. I love making up my own designs and dressing dolls and teddy bears. For many years I made artist teddy bears and sold them under the name Ninie-Bears. I made over 500 bears that were sold all over the world including USA, Switzerland and Japan. Nowadays I design doll clothes patterns and I digitize designs for machine embroidery ...

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