Even with a surprise blizzard, you can keep your BJD warm by creating this fur-collared winter jacket. The pattern fits any ball-jointed doll size – just plug in your BJD’s measurements. This is a quick and easy project with few required materials. The jacket can be sewn by hand or by machine. Our FairyLand Minifee Shushu, Isabelle, is modeling the jacket.
- 1/4 yard felt
- Sewing thread in matching color
- Piece of fur, or faux-fur, long enough to go around neck opening
- 2 beads
- 2 snap closures
- Sewing needle, or sewing machine
- Magna-Tac or clear craft glue
- Tape measure
Measure Your BJD
Measure from wrist to wrist. (wtw)
Measure from collar bones to hips. (cth)
Measure from wrist to half way between elbow and shoulder. (wts)
Measure hand at widest. (h)
Measure from collar bone to right above chest. (ctc) For example, the 1-inch mark in this image.
Measure from one side of neck to the other. (neck)
Make the Back Pattern
Draw a rectangle using the wtw and cth measurements.
To get the width of the sleeve, divide the h measurement by 2, then add 1/2 inch. Draw a vertical line at each end of wtw with that measurement. Draw line parallel to wtw using the wts measurement. Draw parallel lines to cth. Cut.
Center neck measurement on back piece, and draw a gentle curve 1/4 inch deep.
Cut the neck opening. This is the pattern for the back piece.
Make the Front Pattern
Draw a rectangle using 1/2 of wtw measurement and cth measurement.
To get the width of the sleeve, divide the h measurement by 2, then add 1/2 inch. Draw a vertical line at the end of wtw with that measurement. Draw line parallel to wtw using the wts measurement. Draw a parallel line to cth. Cut.
Using 1/2 of neck measurement, place a tick mark on wtw line. Using ctc measurement, place a tick mark on cth.
Join the 2 tick marks. Cut neck opening. Make a duplicate of this pattern.
Cut the Pieces
Pin the pattern pieces to the felt.
Cut the pattern pieces out.
Sew the Jacket
Pin the pieces together.
Sew shoulder seams, stopping at neck opening.
Sew body and underarm seams.
To allow the underarm to lie flat, make a central incision at the underarm corner.
Then make two incisions, one on each side of that central incision.
Repeat for other arm.
Turn jacket right side out.
Place a line of glue around collar, and glue fur in place.
Glue 2 buttons in the upper part of jacket.
Sew 2 snap closures to keep the top of the jacket closed.