The “Classic Shoe” is a traditional Mary Jane style shoe designed for slim 16” dolls such as A Girl for All Time®. Two sizes are included in this PDF sewing pattern; one for a “Roomy” fit, which will accommodate socks, and one with a close “Classic” fit. They are made of vinyl which can be purchased in the home decorating department of most fabric stores, or directions are given to create your own vinyl from any woven fabric. The soles are made from simple cardboard and covered with craft foam. The edges of the sole can be covered with craft foam or a decorative trim. The inner sole is lined. The shoe closes with a strap, which fastens with a snap. Decorative buttons and bows can be added for embellishment.
Special Note - This pattern is designed to fit A Girl For All Time Dolls specifically and will not fit the standard 18 inch doll such as American Girl Doll. An AGAT doll is 16 inches tall and has a slimmer hard plastic body. You can see more info on our Doll Measurements page.
Recommended Fabrics: Heavy vinyl or sturdy cotton
-4-1/2”x10” scrap of heavy vinyl fabric for outer shoe
OR Make Your Own Vinyl For Outer Shoe
-4-1/2”x10” scrap of woven fabric
-4-1/2”x10” scrap of Pellon Vinyl Fuse®
-4-1/2”x10” scrap of heavy non-woven interfacing
-3” x 3” scrap of woven fabric for sole lining
-3” x 6” scrap of cardboard for soles (1/8” thick cardboard)
-1 Darice® Foamies® Sheet 9” x 12” (2mm thick)
-1/4” decorative trim for edge of soles (optional)Small piece of Stitch Witchery® or Pellon Heat N Bond® 3”x3”
-Heavy duty thread such as carpet, buttonhole or extra strong quilting thread
-Regular thread such as Dual Duty
-Snaps for strap closure
-Two 3/8” decorative buttons (optional)
-Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
A Note about Vinyl:
These shoes work best when made from a heavy vinyl. You can find a good selection of vinyl fabrics in the home decorating department of most fabric stores in a wide range of colors. Choose a heavy vinyl and you will get a sturdy shoe; the red sample is made from “Marine” vinyl from Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft store. Thin vinyls tend to stretch out of shape, and don’t hold up well. If you want to match an outfit exactly, you can make your own custom vinyl, following the directions in this pattern.
Skill Level: Easy Intermediate
What You Get: One 16 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF sewing pattern provides full color step-by-step illustrated instructions and full size pattern pieces. A PDF reader is required to view and print the files (example: Adobe Reader or Preview for MAC). The download link is received immediately after the transaction is complete. Print copies are NOT available.Download, Print, Sew!
I had a bad experience making shoes before so I was scared to try again. My Girl for All a Time girls need shoes so I decided to try this pattern. Wow! I was so surprised to get a good result with my first try! I do recommend the marine vinyl that is recommended in the pattern. It is easy and fun to sew with and requires no special foot or needle (it is found in the home decor section of the fabric store). Give it a try!