Pattern ratings

If you are new to sewing or making dolls you may not know which pattern to start with. I've included a skill rating on each of my doll sewing patterns to help you. 

The tables below show the skill rating of each sewing pattern. In some of the patterns, the dolls and clothes have different ratings. The tables show the reason for patterns being given a rating higher than beginner-level to help you decide whether you are ready to try it

Whilst some patterns have been given a higher skill rating they are still written as if they were for beginners with step-by-step instructions and detailed instructions. All of my patterns include tips from my years making dolls and highlight common mistakes to help you avoid them. 

The easiest pattern for beginners is the bunny, followed closely by the bear

Doll patterns

 Pattern Rating Reason for rating

Bunny

Shorts

Skirt

Beginner

 

 

Bear

Overalls

Beginner

 

Dog

Dress

Playsuit

Beginner

Beginner

Confident beginner

 

 

Attaching the bodice to the shorts

Cat

Dress

Beginner

Confident beginner

 

Attaching the ruffle to the sleeves 

Fox and wolf

Dress

All-in-one

Beginner

Beginner

Confident beginner

 

 

Attaching the waistband to the shorts

Deer

Turn up trousers

Ruffle trousers

Waistcoat

Intermediate

Beginner

Confident beginner

Beginner

Y seam on the face requires precise sewing

 

 Attaching the ruffle to the straps

 

Mouse

Dress/shirt

Bloomers/underwear

Headband

Beginner

Confident beginner

Beginner

Beginner

Sewing the casing on the neckline is tricky (a video is provided)

 

Lamb

Dress

Romper

Jumpsuit

Bow

Confident beginner

Confident beginner

Confident beginner

Confident beginner

Beginner

Sewing with furry fabrics is a little tricky if you haven't done any sewing before. The straps on the clothes are thin and a little tricky if you are new to sewing

Elephant

Turtleneck shirt

Ruffle top skirt

Ruffle top shorts

Socks

Shoes

Confident beginner

Confident beginner

Beginner

Beginner

Beginner

Beginner 

You need to be careful sewing around the elephant's trunk. Stuffing the head so that there are no wrinkles in the trunk is easier if you have made a couple of my easier sewing patterns first. Attaching the neck to the turtleneck shirt is tricky if you are new to sewing 

Unicorn

Swing dress

Romper

Ruffle dress

Confident beginner

Confident beginner

Confident beginner

Intermediate

Attaching the hair 

Attaching the collar 

The ruffle dress requires sewing multiple gathers and layers which would be difficult for a beginner. The tulle version uses lightweight and tulle fabrics which might be tricky to sew if you haven't sewn them before

Mini bird

Regular dress

Tiered dress

Regular shorts

Elasticated shorts

Confident beginner

Beginner

Beginner

Beginner

Beginner

There are two options for the legs - the regular leg is suitable for beginners. The bird leg is intermediate level and not suitable for total beginners. The comb and wattle on the chicken are small and tricky to sew, so begin with the chick or duck first 

Clothes patterns

 Pattern Rating Reason for rating
Spring outfit Beginner
Daisy dress Beginner
Pyjamas and sleep mask Intermediate

Attaching the collar and sleeves to the shirt is tricky

Fairy outfit

Cotton dress

Tulle dress

Wings

Crown

Boots

Confident beginner

Beginner

Confident beginner

Beginner

Beginner

Beginner

Sewing the tulle itself isn't difficult, but cutting the fabric and pinning it in place can be tricky. If you are new to sewing I recommend making the cotton dress before trying the tulle dress 
Pattern hacks Confident beginner To make the hacks you should have already made quite a few of my other sewing patterns so you are familiar with them

Ballerina outfit

Leotard

Circular tutu

Knotted tutu

Leg warmers

Ballet shoes

Headband

Sleeves

Sewn-in leotard

Painted shoes

Confident beginner

Confident beginner

Beginner

Beginner

Beginner

Confident beginner

Beginner

Confident beginner

Beginner

Beginner

Sewing with spandex is trickier than cotton fabric

 

 

 

Small curves, a little fiddly to make

 

They are small, so a little fiddly to make

 

Bella cardigan Confident beginner You need to be able to knit, purl, cast on and off and do simple increases and decreases as well as have experience reading knitting patterns. A few extra stitches are picked up and created in each underarm

Winter essentials

Beanie hat

Scarf

Boots

Bolero jacket

Bolero waistcoat

Confident beginner

Confident beginner

Confident beginner

Confident beginner

Confident beginner

Confident beginner

Sewing over the plush fabric on the boots can be tricky, depending on your machine

Sewing around the curves of the jacket and waistcoat might be difficult for beginners

You might find sewing with jersey tricky if you have never used it before, but the instructions include lots of tips to teach you how to sew with it