This is an inexpensive ragdoll, produced by Darice. Darice makes a lot of doll paraphernalia, including some full size dolls which are sold nude and which you dress yourself. I have some of their 11.5-inch fashion dolls–similar to Barbie. Some of their stuff is pretty good quality, other stuff–not so much. This particular doll is very nice quality. I can recommend it quite readily.
They are made from good quality fabric, nicely stuffed, and pretty too. They are recommended for ages 3 and up, so it’s a perfect gift for a little girl who is not quite ready for anything more complicated. I found mine on sale for $5, but they usually cost between $7 and $10–depending on where you buy them. You can find them online at Sunshine Crafts and CR’s Crafts.
I’m very fond of craft dolls because they are usually a lot more affordable than name brand dolls and they have the same play benefits of any doll. Plus with craft dolls you add a lot of your own personality to them because you have to dress them yourself. When our daughters and granddaughters watch us sew for dolls, they get the idea that we can make our own resources instead of being trapped by the idea that the only way to procure resources to buy them with money. It teaches self-reliance and loosens the hold that television commercials and peer pressure have on our kids. Plus it makes you feel good too. I always feel a lot more pride when I can give away a doll that I’ve dressed myself, rather than one I’ve purchased clothing for.
I’ve scanned and uploaded a PDF file of baby doll clothes from 1968, a year before I was born. It’s a cute pattern, mostly classic, timeless styles. The main dress and bloomers are pictured above. I didn’t hem the dress as short as the pattern suggested. Like most older doll patterns, it had an inch of hem allowance. The dress went together pretty easily and so did the bloomers. The pattern is for a 12-inch baby doll and it fits this 13-3/4-inch rag doll perfectly.
The main dress (view B) has a gathered ruffled neckline reminiscent of Raggedy Ann. There are instructions for decorating the dress with either rickrack or lace. There’s a felt jumper that can be worn over the dress, or a lace pinafore, if you prefer. There’s also a pretty A-line dress with long sleeves, a lace collar and front pleat that is perfect for church. The bloomers are cut on the bias, so the hems are especially easy to turn. A felt coat with matching tam, nightgown and robe complete the pattern. All of the outfits are constructed without set in sleeves, so they are appropriate for beginner seamstresses.
While I’m recommending this pattern specifically for Darice Ragdolls, it will also fit most 12 to 14-inch baby dolls with chest measurements of 8.5 to 10-inch and neck measurements of 4 to 6-inches. The pattern has instructions for using snaps as closures but it’s a simple matter to use Velcro instead, if that’s what you prefer.
If anyone makes outfits with this pattern, please let me know. I’d love to share your pictures with my readers.