The Bloomer Buddies is already a very, versatile pattern. With three lengths for both the top/dress and bloomers, you can mix and match to create an entire wardrobe for your doll. Take that pattern one step farther with this easy pattern hack to make the long sleeved dress version. (This also will work for the top!)
The Bloomer Buddies pattern is currently available in 3 sizes, for 18 inch dolls, for 16 inch Disney Animators’ dolls, and for 14.5 inch Wellie Wishers/Glitter Girls sized dolls. Find the pattern HERE.
Easily make a long sleeve dress or top with a short sleeve pattern.
Cut out all of your pattern pieces, including the sleeve. Fold your paper along the sleeve’s fold line, or tape it to the top of a new sheet of paper that is folded in half lengthwise and cut it out. You now have a full sleeve piece. Measure your dolls arm, from the center point between the shoulder and elbow, down to the wrist where you want the sleeve to end on your doll.
On your new sheet of paper, measure down from the bottom corners of the sleeve this same amount and extend those side lines. Connect the ends of these new lines across the middle in a straight line. Cut out your new sleeve pattern piece and follow the pattern instructions to make the top or dress. For my polka dot dress shown here, I extended the sleeve by 3 inches for the 18 inch doll. If you are not using any trim at the cuffs, or want to use elastic, use 3 1/2 inches.
Make a long sleeved dress with the short sleeve Bloomer Buddies pattern.
What other short sleeve patterns do you have that you can also make with long sleeves or vice versa? Find more tutorials and pattern hacks on the Tutorials page. Visit the Bloomer Buddies Inspiration Gallery HERE.