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Date: 12/9/07 10:39 PM

Hi! i am wanting to make some clothes for my nieces dolls they are getting for Christmas. I am confused by the patterns from Simplicity. The girls are getting the bitty babies and they are a 15"doll. Simplicity has some patterns that I have already and offer many others but they are sized like this - S(12-14, M-(16-18), and L (20-22). I will probably call Simplicity tomorrow but hoped someone here could help. If I make the M size in the pattern (16-18") will it fit the bitty babies or do you think it will be too big? There are a lot of 18"doll patterns available so Im not worried about those, I just havn't found a reasonable amount of the 15" patterns.

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Date: 12/9/07 11:54 PM

The Bitty Twins are the same size as the Bitty Baby, right..? If so, Simplicity has a couple of patterns made for them. Let me go find them and link you... OK, 4268 and 3886 are made for Bitty Twins. HTH!

Otherwise, I would be tempted to use the SMALLER size range. I used some of their S-M-L baby doll patterns and the clothes were all pretty big. :)

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Date: 12/10/07 0:24 AM

I've made stuff for my AG girls (Kit and Samantha) and I've found the patterns to be HUGE on them. I like a more realistic look so I took the most basic garment I could find (bodice, sleeves, and skirt, I believe) and fitted it and refitted it until it was the fit I wanted and have used it as a template for future garments. It's pretty amazing how much smaller it is than the base garment! While I'm NOT saying that you'll have to do that (I would guess your nieces are less neurotic about it than I am!) it was surprisingly easy. Great thing about dolls - they don't wiggle when you fit and you can pin stuff right onto them! Anyway, this also assumes that you have the dolls in your possession - which it sounds like you don't. So I guess my entire message, summed up, is that doll clothing tends to run large and you should be fine with the smaller measurement. Unless, of course, someone with actual bitty-baby experience says otherwise. Have a great time sewing doll clothes (I LOVE how quick and easy they are!) and I hope your nieces fully appreciate and enjoy your present!!

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Date: 12/10/07 6:34 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. The only dolls we have here are the Little momy baby twins which are 13 in and the regular little mommy which are a bit bigger but not sure by how much. The 13 in clothes fit the little mommy 13 in dolls perfectly. I dont have the nieces dolls in possession which is too bad, plus they live a couple thousand of miles away. I might have to make a test garment and sent it to them for sizing. These arent going to be presents, because with 4 kids of my own I dont have a lot of time to sew right now.

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Date: 12/20/07 2:18 PM

Hurray someone else sewing for bitty twins. I have made way too many outfits for these brand new christmas presents and I'm about to go crazy!! I have found that the M size 14-16 fits well. In fact i have to make sure and use a 1/4" seam allowance or it is too small. Something about the chest size, it's pretty solid where the arms connect and so the doll is a little "chunkier" than other dolls i have sewn for. Also, be careful on the openings for the sleeves...it can be a little difficult to get the hands in if it's not a stretchy material, elastic or short sleeve.
I have not used the patterns specifically for the bitty twins, that's next on my list. I've just used the baby doll patterns i already owned.

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Date: 5/9/08 1:22 AM

I've been using the simplicity patterns for bitty twins since my little son (almost 3) and daughter (almost 2) are getting the bitty twins for their birthday. I've made 8 outfits for them and today I finally decided to take one of the dolls out of the box and try the clothes on. They barely fit!!!!! They are almost too small. I can see that they are not going to be easy for my litttle ones to change their clothes. I also just made a sweet dress from Simplicity pattern 3876 in the medium size which says it will fit dolls 16-18" but it was too small around. The length was OK but evidently bitty twins are a little fat!! Next I will try using the large pattern (supposed to be for size 20-22" dolls) and maybe cut off some of the length. Maybe my dolls were overstuffed - I don't know but their waist measurement is 12 1/4" and thier neck is 7 1/2". Those were the two areas where the patterns fit the worst. Other than that, the patterns sew out real cute. Good luck! I hope this helps any other bitty baby/twin sewers out there!

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Date: 5/9/08 1:26 AM

Bitty baby is proportioned differently than the AG dolls. I would not expect that clothes designed for the AG dolls would fit Bitty Baby.

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Date: 5/9/08 6:51 PM

Oh yes, I've also made American Girl outfits for an Our Generation (available at Target) doll. They have basically the same proportions as AG dolls but maybe slightly skinnier. Anyway, just fyi, all the commercially available 18" AG proportioned patterns that I've used fit just fine. The bitty twins are slightly fatter than AG dolls especially across the chest and waist but they have a shorter trunk and much shorter arms and legs. I fit some of the bitty baby clothes I've made on the Our Generation girl and they fit just fine around - but dresses are way too short and overalls or jumpers won't fit at all because of the shorter trunk of the bitty babies. You could probably switch out shirts and blouses and some skirts but that's probably about it.

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Date: 5/15/08 9:57 PM

I made lots of outfits for Bitty Baby. I had 2 patterns, McCalls 8554 and one similar to McCalls 4736. I used the basics of this pattern and changed it to suit the outfit. I made pull on pants by leaving out the bottom elastic on one pair of pants. I left off ruffles and made the skirt longer to make a more casual dress, I cut the tshirt longer and put an opening in the front to make a polar fleece coat, etc.
Any time I made an outfit for my daughter, I made a similar outfit for Baby. As these were doll clothes for a little girl to play with, I didn't worry too much about details or perfection. I was more concerned that the clothes were easy for my "I can do it myself!" daughter so I used velcro and colored snaps alot (I think I got these from Sewbaby). She was very happy that it was the same fabric and looked like hers.

I know that many people are very serious about their doll clothes and they make oufits that are sometimes more beautiful than people clothes. I am just not one of those talented people that have patience with sewing small things.

Judy

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Date: 5/16/08 1:24 AM

I think the 12-14 inch size may fit better--but compare the waists of the pattern pieces to the waists of the dolls. I had some Burda doll clothes patterns that were made for skinnier baby dolls. I ended up cutting the larger size for width and the smaller for length.

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