you start making patterns?
I started sewing for
dolls in 1995. I had a lot of
scrap fabric from making my own clothes and couldn’t part with it. I
headed to the craft store to see what patterns were available that
could use up smaller pieces of fabric. I bought my first commercial
pattern for Barbie. Since then I have adapted and tweaked commercial
patterns until I could take no more of the poor fit. In 2000 I did a
short course in pattern drafting and buried my head in Helen
Joseph-Armstrong’s book on pattern making. Since then I have made my
own patterns and One Sixth Couture patterns came to fruition late 2000.
Why only Fashion Royalty dolls?
There are many other people and companies that
create patterns for Barbie®. Fashion Royalty® dolls are more of
a challenge with their well defined curves. There have been only a very
few patterns ever made for this doll including one official pattern
from Integrity Toys for a convention. Also the expense of different
size dolls along with the time required to draft, toile and create
patterns for a variety of dolls is something that I am in short supply
Will your patterns fit a Silkstone
All of my patterns could easily be adapted to fit a
Silkstone Barbie® by toiling (testing the pattern in calico first)
, adjusting when you need to and repeating the process until you
have the desired fit.
Why are there no “how-to” drawings?
I create patterns for the more experienced sewer
who knows what they are doing. This keeps the file sizes that
are e-mailed out a lot smaller and I can also create
patterns a lot quicker as I do not have to photograph or sketch each
step of the construction process. All patterns are created with a
’sequence of construction’ outline. \
Will you design for any other sized
There is always a possibility but at the present
there are no plans to create designs for any other scaled doll. All One
Sixth Couture Barbie® patterns are now retired.
There are a lot of corsets/corset
styling in your designs?
I love corsets and have been a corset maker since
2003. These plastic princesses deserve the stunning appearance that a
corset or corset styling can give a garment. If you got it, flaunt it
and these little mannequins certainly have got it!
How many patterns do you produce?
That is variable on what I see that could translate
well into small scale. Some designs may suit larger scale dolls or
humans because of the detailing, but on a small doll would be
complicated and not sit correctly. So, I could produce 2 patterns or 20
Do you ever sell completed designs?
I can reproduce a garment for you. Please e-mail me
for availability and cost. Most of my final designs are sold on either
E-bay, Etsy , the onesixth.com website or I can’t bear to part with
Will there ever be a pattern book?
Eventually. I have to find enough hours in the day
to do the usual chores and work along with drafting patterns, toile,
test and produce the final garment, write the instructions, draw the
production pattern and transfer to file. There will eventually be the
option to purchase a book in CD/DVD format or in hard copy through one
of the PoD (print on demand) sellers. The book will more than likely be
coil/spiral bound to make it easier to trace out the patterns desired.