Body Building

My latest project will be quite a long one, as I am currently drafting a sewing pattern for a Sarah-size doll. Hopefully, this doll will have the same movement as Sarah, just be a little more realistically sized and made of fabric.


The above and below pictures show the wire ‘skeleton’ that will go inside the fabric. The straws will hopefully act like bones, and the little bits of exposed pipe cleaner will act like joints.


The thumb of the hand is a small piece of pipe cleaner wrapped around the hand, with the fluff trimmed.


I drafted the pattern pieces on the left from Sarah, and then used those pieces as a basis for the patterns on the right, which are slightly larger.


Pattern pieces are all cut out! As this is the first time I’m doing this, I’m using muslin, but I’ll probably use plain cotton when I do different skin tones.


Pattern pieces are darted, and ready to begin sewing!



I started with the legs, as they seemed fairly easy, similar to making a pair of pants for Sarah. The game plan is to work up the body, and stuff it as I go, but we’ll see. A lot of this at the moment is trial and error, though if you have any tips or tricks that might help, feel free to leave them in comments!

Anyways, see ya!


2 thoughts on “Body Building

  1. That’s such a cool project you’re undertaking! I can’t wait to see how it turns out. The pipe cleaner/straw combination is super smart. I always love when dolls have a lot of articulation for poseability purposes, and it looks like that will do the trick!

    I actually just saw a post from a blog I like that reminded me of your doll-making adventures here. Not sure if it would be useful, but this is the link!


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