Phaery Godmother's Guide to
Fashion Doll Sewing Notions and Supplies
Hello, again, fellow doll collectors, seamstresses, and knitters. Last month, I started expanding this site to include sewing tips, photos of my doll Ccllection with some outfits I've made, and other pages of interest to fashion doll fans. You can find a site map on my home page. I'm also thinning out my collection a bit, so if there's something you're looking for, please visit my rummage sale.
In the meantime, I've updated some of the links here. Today I've added two new links for free knitting patterns. This page, too, is a work in progress.
Links are now in alphabetical order.
Tiny Sewing Notions, Trims, and Fabrics
- Button Emporium, tiny shank & 2-hole buttons, in a variety of colors.
- Cartwright's, hard-to-find 4mm and 3mm sequins, in a zillion colors.
- Dolls and Lace.com, one-of-a-kind vintage trims, ribbons, flowers, and fabrics. And do take a look at their links page!
- Dollmaker's Journey. At last, a source for really tiny (1/16") grommets! As well as other neat dollmaking supplies.
- www.homesew.com/online.html, 2"-6" zippers, 4"-6" separating zippers, size 10 (1/4") buttons.
- Kathy's Kreations, a huge collection of tiny buckles, plus a few other goodies to scale.
- Little Trimmings, located in the UK, has plenty of tiny buttons, buckles, and trims, plus an outstanding collection of hard-to-find cotton laces and embroidered cotton tulle.
- Minidolls, tiny braids & trims, 1/8" hat straw, tiny buckles and flowers, luxury fabrics in small-scale prints and checks. Geared for miniature dolls (dollhouse scale) but there's a lot here that fashion-doll fans will find useful.
- One Sixth Living has some striking, avant garde patterns for Barbie and Fashion Royalty.
- Rio Rondo, a place for makers of miniature saddles and horse tack. But if you like making western wear for your dolls, you will love their miniature conchos and their silver beads! They also have very tiny buckles, the size you might use for fastening ankle-strap shoes. Click on their "Hardware" link to find these goodies.
- Sisters and Daughters, JHB buttons & buckles, including 1/8" Barbie buttons.
- TinyZippers.com, narrow 4" zippers in several new colors, also 5" separating zippers. Free instructions for setting the zippers into tiny dresses.
Patterns for Gene, Barbie, and Joe
- Affordable Designs offers patterns designed by Dennis Bastien for Gene, Trent, Cissy, Basil, and Tonner dolls including Kitty and the Tonner models. There are also shoes for Trent which can be converted to really cool boots with the free downloadable instructions & pattern.
G.I. MacJoe has a new location; directions for making "Wee Kilts for Wee Heroes."
- Know Joe, a site dedicated to our favorite sixthscale soldier, offers free patterns for camo pants, a backpack, and a barracks bag.
- Lynn Waring is a talented designer from Down Under who has patterns for miniature dress forms. These aren't just generic forms, but are customized to match specific dolls such as Tyler, Butterfly Ring, Veronique, and Kitty, as well as good ol' Babs and Gene.
- The Patchwork Pansy, darling patterns for Kripplebush Kids and Marley Wentworth. Kripplebush Kids are made to the same scale as the 16" adult dolls. Marni makes an adorable young co-star for Gene.
- Perestroika Designs offers Barbie and Ken patterns on CD. The site also offers some free sample patterns and a wonderful sewing Tips and Tricks section.
- The Right Hatmosphere, free patterns and instructions for converting Gene's ribbon shoes into closed- or open-toe pumps.
Knitting Patterns for Fashion Dolls
- Biscuit's Free Knitting Patterns for Riley, Electra, and Mini Super Dolphie.
- Blythe Gear, free knitting patterns for Blythe (and one for Barbie)
- Scotty Maloney, perfectly-scaled sweater kits for sale, and some freebie knit patterns available. If you want beautiful yarns for small-scale knitting in wool and other fibers, or if you need needles as small as 00000, this is the place!
- Stickatillbarbie offers hundreds of free knitting patterns for Barbie, Ken, and Kelly. (No Gene patterns, but I've discovered that Ken's patterns can usually be lengthened to fit Gene and Tyler. See my Sewing Tips for an example.) This site is a little tricky to navigate. Furthermore, the garments are recommended for slightly advanced knitters who can compensate for occasional mistakes and omissions in the patterns. I included them in this list, in spite of their difficulties, because it's so rare to find knitting patterns in an appropriate gauge for Barbie. Most other patterns I've found online require worsted yarns that don't look very good on small dolls. These Swedish patterns (most of which are available in English) use 4-ply yarn (fingering/baby weight) that suits Barbie much better.
Make Your Own 15" Fashion Dolls
- PCF Studios, porcelain molds for 16" male and female fashion dolls.
This list is a labor of love, created for fans of Barbie, Gene, GI Joe, and other 11" and 16" fashion dolls. I am not affiliated with any of the businesses listed above, nor with any doll manufacturer. All dolls mentioned on this page are copyrighted/trademarked by their respective manufacturers. I am not a party to any transaction(s) between you and any businesses listed here. I will never knowingly list an unreliable business on my pages, but caveat emptor always applies.
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Updated 21 JAN 08.