Baby Doll Romper Sewing Tutorial

Get the pattern here. See the video here.

This pattern includes four sizes in one PDF for doll 19″, 15″, 12″ and 10″

Looking for a doll pattern? I have two. One here and One here. Both will fit this outfit. For more doll clothes sewing patterns, check out my Etsy page here.

The Basics:

Print the pattern (Actual size) and assemble as directed. The 19 inch size will require 1/4 yard of fabric, and less for the smaller sizes. I recommend using upcycled materials for the best economy. The simplest way to determine the amount of fabric required, would be to print the pattern and take it with you when sourcing fabric.

Notions required: 1/4″ elastic and a snap (or button, or clasp). The amount of elastic required will depend on the thickness of the doll thigh (plus 1/2′ to 1″)

Seam Allowance: 5/8″ for the 19″ and 15″ rompers. 1/4″ for the smaller sizes.

Romper Front

With right sides facing, sew the front seam.
With right sides facing, sew the front seam.

Sew the front seam of the facing.

Sew the front seam of the front facing.

With right sides together, sew the front facing to the front of the romper. For best results, press the seams open before placing.

Sew the facing to the front with right sides facing.

Clip the curved seams, but not too close! Do not clip the stitching.

Clipping the seam allowance allows for the edges of the neck and arm holes to be smoothly pressed, once turned. It eliminates creasing.

Turn the facing right side out and press well. Set aside.

Once turned, press the facing well.
Once turned, press the facing well.

Back of Romper

Place the facings on the back pieces with right sides facing.

Sew the neck and armholes together, then clip the curves.

Turn right side out and press well.

Place the back pieces together with right sides facing and sew the crotch area.

Do not sew the area between the black dots. This will be the back opening.
Sew the crotch seam of the back.

Open the back and on the wrong side, press the back opening as shown. Sew the opening closed on 3 sides, as shown. The folded opening should be even with the crotch seam allowance.

Make a clip in the area indicated by the arrows before pressing open the back.

With right sides facing, sew the romper front to the back at the shoulders and sides.

Sew the front to the back at the shoulders and sides; right sides facing.

Fold the garment in half and press up 5/8″ of the leg openings. Sew the leg openings, leaving a casing for the elastic. For this tutorial, I used a 1/4″ width elastic. Be sure there is enough space for the width of elastic you have chosen to use for this project, if other than 1/4″ width is used.

Create a casing for the elastic at the leg openings.
Fold up the elastic casings, and make sure the crotch areas are the same length before sewing.
Fold the leg opening 5/8″ to create a casing for the elastic and sew closed.

Measure the doll thigh for the elastic. Add 1/2″-1″ to accommodate the thigh and seam allowance. Insert the elastic into the casing. As you are inserting the elastic, make sure it does not pull into the casing and disappear. Take care to pin the elastic end before pulling all the way through, as shown.

Measure the doll’s thigh and add 1/2″ to 1″ of elastic to accommodate.
Attach a safety pin to the measured and cut elastic. Use the safety pin to guide the elastic through the leg casing.
Carefully pull the elastic through the leg casing. The casing is longer than the elastic, so make sure the elastic does not pull into the casing and disappear.
Stop pulling the elastic to pin the end before it disappears into the casing, then continue until the elastic is all the way through.
Pin the elastic in place before it disappears into the casing.
Pin the elastic into place on both legs

Guide the elastic into casings on both legs and pin into place. Sew the crotch area.

Turn right side out and attach the closure. A snap, button or hook and eye all make a good closure.

Happy Sewing!

This romper pattern is an adaptation of this pattern from 1973.

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