Sunday, April 28, 2013

Antique Doll Clothing Patterns

Many items of clothing have been made through the years by children, their mothers and grandmothers, and today doll collectors.  Since the first of the ladies magazines in the nineteenth century introduced patterns for dolls, there have been many thousand if not hundreds of thousands of dolls clothing patterns produced.  I have only pictured patterns from the fifties and early sixties dolls as this is my main area of collecting.  Also these patterns were not packed up as I sew constantly for my dolls of this era.  I have patterns and copies of patterns from well over a hundred years ago.  Bleuette, is another doll I collect and there were patterns published each week for here from 1905 to 1960 .  Other dolls popular to sew for are:  Shirley Temple and the Patsy family of doll most of the Ideal  and Madame Alexander dolls.  Barbie, the Crissy family of dolls, Chatty Cathy, and Tiny Tears, to name a few.  There have been pattern's  for most of the dolls released in the last seventy five years.  A new doll on the market American girl has lots of patterns also.

Below in this picture are patterns for a variety of dolls.  All these patterns were issued by the larger pattern companies:  Simplicity, McCall's and Advance.  All the patterns shown were originally published in the 1950's.  Therefore they are in the public domain and are no longer copy right protected.


  1. Hello from Spain: I really like old magazines clothes. These dresses are very cute. Dolls for years wore nicer clothes than today. Keep in touch

  2. Wow! Those patterns from years ago are really cute. But it seems more complicated to sew them than today’s designs. Thanks anyway for sharing this information.