The patterns I use most often tend to be from Gracefaerie Designs, Adams-Harris Pattern Company, Fletcher Pattern Company/Designs by Jude, and MHD Designs. As you have seen, I do not limit myself to patterns drafted on the exact doll I am dressing. There are few patterns for MSD boys, so I go to designs for SD boys and downsize them. Other times, I will take a pattern for Ellowyne Wilde, who is not a BJD, and upsize it for MSD girls. Adams-Harris often produces SD, MSD, Ellowyne and YoSD versions of some of her patterns. MHD Designs produces size variations of her own patterns too, although she has only 2 MSD patterns and none for YoSD. Both designers are branching out into patterns for the Kish girls and some other dolls as well. Fletcher/Jude have patterns for Ellowyne and MSD, as well as various Tonner dolls.
|Adams-Harris, Designs by Jude,Fletcher Pattern, Gracefaerie, MHD Designs|
I frequently adapt patterns that appear in magazines. As I have mentioned before, Haute Doll magazine is/was a frequent source of patterns. So was Doll Crafter & Costuming. Both magazines have published their last issues; however, you may still find back issues available via e-bay. Haute Doll's publishers closed their website a few days ago. They have promised to continue selling their remaining stock via ebay under the ID murat_caviale_inc. I imagine this includes remaining issues of The BJD Orbyrarium, which Haute Doll also published.
|Haute Doll pattern for U-noa Quluts|
|Doll Crafter & Costuming|
Gone, but watch e-bay for back issues
Doll Reader also publishes the occasional pattern. If you compare measurements, you may find that patterns for a non-BJD will fit some of your BJDs with minor alterations.
If using a pattern in a foreign language with a non-English alphabet doesn't scare you, look at some of the offerings from Japan and China available on e-bay. They do throw in the occasional English word, enough so that you know for which doll the pattern is intended. One thing to beware of: pattern pieces are overlapped to save space. Copy the pattern (either photocopy or use tracing paper) and then be very careful when cutting.
U-noa collectors will be interested in U-noa Freak and the new U-noa Freak 2. Both are anthologies of U-noa articles and include stringing instructions and face-ups as well as patterns. There are patterns for different sizes of U-noa dolls.
Dollybird is a great source of patterns for many sizes and makes of BJD. Issue number 10, which is the one I have, has underwear patterns for 50 dolls. Not just bras and panties, it includes corsets, babydolls, bloomers, nighties, etc.
|Dolly-Dolly books and My Favorite Doll Series|