Make-Along Romper Pattern & Tutorial

wee wonderfuls doll clothes pattern and tutorial : romper

This romper pattern delivers a lot of cute for not so much effort. (Another easy go-to pattern to get your doll dressed in a hurry is the Apron dress pattern) This romper has elastic cuffs and waist, an opening in the back for a tail and a bodice with sleeves easily made from a woven ribbon. The materials you’ll need are 20″ x 8″ of fabric, 10″ of 1/8″ wide elastic, 11″ of ribbon (ribbon should be between 1/2″ and 1″ wide). Print out your pattern piece here and we’re ready to get started.

Step 1: Cut 2 on fold of Romper pattern piece A. Press under 1/2″ along straight cuff edges and sew at 1/4″ to create casing for the elastic. Thread through elastic and secure one end by sewing across the casing, catching the elastic in place. Pull elastic taut so that the leg gathers as much as you’d like it around your doll’s leg and then sew elastic in place. Repeat with other piece.
wee wonderfuls doll clothes pattern tutorial romper

Step 2: With right sides together sew romper pieces at center seams, with one seam sewn up completely and the other from the bottom to the dot. This will be the back and we’re stopping early to leave room for our bunny, kitty, deer tails. If you’re making for a doll you can sew all the way up. Press seams open.
wee wonderfuls doll clothes pattern tutorial romper

Step 3: With right sides together sew romper front and back together along under leg seam. Clip curves. Press under and sew a casing along top edge same as you did for cuffs. If you’ve sewn back all the way up for a doll: Leave a 1/2″ gap in casing to thread elastic through. Thread elastic through, pull taut, cut off and sew edges together. Sew gap closed. If you’ve left back open for a tail just thread elastic through as you did for the cuffs. And then for finishing, topstitch the pressed open seams along back opening.
wee wonderfuls doll clothes pattern and tutorial: romper

Now you’ll have your romper bottom ready for its ribbon bodice. The romper should fit your doll with the top elastic edge around the doll’s chest.
wee wonderfuls doll clothes pattern and tutorial: romper

Step 4: Mark the center piece of your 11″ ribbon with a pin. Then mark a 2-1/2″ wide center section using center pin as guide and at each end of the center section fold under the ribbon as shown to angle up the ends of ribbon to create the sleeves. With matching color thread hand sew the folds in place.

wee wonderfuls doll clothes pattern and tutorial: romper

wee wonderfuls doll clothes pattern and tutorial: romper

Step 5: Place your romper on your doll. Pin your bodice center front to the top edge of your romper, centering in front. Bring the ribbon sleeves over the arms and pin to the back edges of the romper. Being careful of the pins remove romper and hand sew in place where you’ve pinned the ribbon. Sew a snap to back closure and you’re all set!

wee wonderfuls doll clothes pattern and tutorial : romper

Hooded Cape Pattern & Tutorial

This hooded cape is full lined and fits most Wee Wonderfuls dolls, Elsa, Make-Along & Kit, Chloe and Louise. The pattern pieces can be downloaded here, Hooded Cape Pattern

Step 1: Cut the pieces out of the cape fabric and the lining fabric. My lining is faux shearling and the cape is wool tweed.

Step 2: With right sides together, sew the hood pieces together along back and top edges. Sew the cape pieces together along one straight side. Repeat with lining pieces.

Step 3: With right sides together, pin the hood to the cape along neck edge and sew in place. Repeat with lining.

Step 4: Now you have the two pieces, cape and lining, completed. Time to merge them.

Step 5: With right sides together, insert the lining cape into the outer cape.

Step 6: Pin together lining up seams. Now sew together around the outside edges, leaving a 3″ gap open so you can turn the cape right side out. Then hand stitch the gap closed after turning.

Step 7: Snuggle up!

Free Doll Hooded cape sewing patter

Free Doll Hooded cape sewing patter

Make-Along Animals

Wee Wonderfuls Make-Along Animal sewing pattern

“Autumn Walk” Outfit

The Make-Along Animals subscription is complete! Today I sent out our remaining patterns, Wee Deer Dottie, Autumn Walk and Sportswear Basics. Subscribers were also emailed the free Cardigan knitting pattern that fits all the Make-Along dolls and animals.

Wee Wonderfuls Make-Along Animal sewing pattern

The Mini Dolls

I hope everyone enjoyed this subscription. I’m going to take a break from pattern making for a while now and focus on making dolls for the shop. Also I’d like to create tutorials and content for the poor neglected blog more now that I’m finished with the pattern sets. So you have any questions or suggestions for content please let me know!

Wee Wonderfuls Make-Along Animal sewing pattern

“Sportswear Basics”

I’m so happy with how these pattern sets turned out. I loved designing all the outfits and accessories and the different animals. I have a giant stack of outfits now that fit all the different sample dolls and it’s so much fun to dress them all up in the different pieces. When I design patterns I’m creating what I wish I’d been able to find when I began dollmaking. A cute animal or yarn haired doll with a closet full of outfits was always the dream.

dollmaking supplies and where to find them

For those new to dollmaking where to get the supplies can be daunting. But really you should be able to find everything you need at your local fabric/craft store if you want to get started straight away or online if you’re a planner.

Starting with the bodies, the key to body fabric is a tight weave (so no stuffing oozes out) and no stretch. For my patterns you will not be able to keep the doll’s shape if you are using a knit, jersey, fleece, anything with stretch. For my dolls and animals I use cotton, linen or wool. I find the slight texture of linen more forgiving than a smooth quilters cotton so that is typically my go-to. Essex Linen by Robert Kaufman is my favorite. Here are some of the colors I have on hand today.

dollmaking supplies - linen

And the pastel colors are great for the Make-Along animals. You can see all the Essex linen line here at the Robert Kaufman website. I’ve been buying mine at Juniper Blue Textiles (crazy fast shipping) and at Fat Quarter Shop.

Another fabric I like to use for doll bodies is wool. I’ve found wool fabric to be difficult to find online. And if I do find it online it’s so expensive I’m hesitant to buy without seeing what I’m getting. In the Fall/Winter sometimes the local fabric store will have a decent color or two of wool suiting that might work. Again, just check that it’s not a blend with something stretchy. The other trick with wool is the thickness, too thick and you’ll have a very difficult time turning out arms and legs and the doll will be so stiff. Wool melton is nice but on the thick side. And I believe wool fabric is sold in other countries as wool flannel which sounds lovely but international shipping costs have kept me from trying it. So I find most of my wool at the thrift store. I look for oversized blazers and jackets, long skirts, wool pants, and I cut them up and use the fabric. Again, it’s seasonal so squirrel it away during the Fall and Winter.

For doll shoes, hats and other accessories as well as doll eyes I use wool felt. A Child’s Dream Come True is a good source (I get the Holland Felt), or my new favorite is Benzie Design on Etsy. Crazy fast shipping.

The stuffing I’m using now is Pellon Perfect Loft Cluster Fiber. I was using Clusterfill by Morning Glory but they seemed to have changed the product and it’s not what I like anymore. I prefer synthetic stuffing over wool or cotton because I prefer a lighter doll. I find them too heavy when stuffed with wool. Also the polyfill has no allergens and is somewhat easier (washing dolls is never easy) to clean. This is just my preference, wool or cotton stuffing would work great too. Also any polyfill will work fine. I like this type that’s in little clusters because I feel like I can really get a firm stuff going with it. Too me it’s the perfect balance, I get the firm appearance and feel but it’s still light and huggable.

dollmaking supplies at wee wonderfuls

Now, on to dollmaking tools. From top to bottom… the beeswax crayon I use to do blush, a water erasable marker to draw faces before embroidery (although I do get nervous they won’t work so I freehand most of it. They’ve never not worked when I’ve tried them so it’s just my own paranoia), hemostat to help with stuffing, a bodkin that I use to turn out linings in doll clothes (I tuck the corner of the fabric into the eye and pull) and to string elastic, a stuffing fork  and a doll needle. A note on my stuffing fork, I got mine from Gail Wilson and you should definitely check out her page of dollmaking supplies. I bought the large fork and love it, I use the pointy end for corners but almost end up using the handle more because it is perfect for stomping down stuffing in legs and arms.

dollmaking supplies at wee wonderfuls

What am I forgetting? For embroidering facial features I just use DMC embroidery floss. For yarn hair, that would be an entire post but really it would just say “all the yarn” because I buy everything. Anything fun that looks like it’d make great yarn hair goes in my basket. Fabric for doll clothes I get everywhere… Joanns, local quilt store, etsy shops, thrift stores. If you have any questions on something I’ve used please leave it in the comments and I’ll do my best to remember for you.

Sewing a Make-Along “Spring it on” dress for Kit-Kat

I love this vintage print, the colors are amazing. I think it was sheets or a pillowcase. I haven’t used any of my vintage fabrics in a while. When I started making toys everything I used was from the thrift store. Since fabric companies finally learned to tap wonderful designers for their prints I’ve been unable to stop myself from shopping and using mostly new prints but it is fun to go back to “my roots”, especially for the very 60s inspired “Spring it on” dress.

doll clothes how to

Making sure my pintucked top matches same size as the lining…
doll clothes how to

After opening up the sides and sewing together…
doll clothes how to

Kit-Kat in her new dress. Now she just needs some shoes!
handmade kitty doll

Summer groove

I thought I was pressing my luck to take my tween and teen out on some outings this weekend that they’d have loved as toddlers but not as much anymore and was pleasantly surprised everyone was happy and enjoying themselves! That’s the magic of Summer I guess, everyone reverts to being a kid.


I was having a panic that I’d overbooked our Summer but, we’re slowing down now, and I’m really looking forward to our vacation and a lazy rest of summer break. Let’s reset this Lang family vibe, back to easy breezy. This moment of zen will be thrown off soon enough I’m sure but I’ve frozen it here for future reference.