Welcome! Let's sew, knit, and crochet for Crissy!

An integral part of growing up and owning a doll is that someone, maybe Mom or Grandma, will make your doll some new clothes to wear.

An integral part of part of a complete doll collection is the patterns that Mom or Grandma could buy to dress the doll “back then.” There were numerous patterns out there that could be used to create some new threads for Crissy & Company.

We will start with the patterns. The Simplicity series of patterns were quite stylish and rather easy to sew. Oftentimes, a collector will get so used to seeing the outfits made up that they soon learn to identify them by sight, when shopping for new additions for their collection.

Just as I have archived the entire Crissy family collection on this website, I am presenting this archive of patterns. They are to be used only for non-commercial use by the users of this website. *

Contrary to what some eBay auctions will tell you, these patterns are not in the public domain and will not be so until 95 years after their publication date. Not only is selling copies of them illegal, but buying pirated copies is risky too.

© 1969 by The McCall Pattern Company

This pattern was the only pattern made by McCalls that specifically mentions the Crissy doll.

© 1969 by Simplicity Pattern Company, until the year 2064.

Simplicity 8519 is the first pattern they made for Crissy. There is not a counterpart for the 15” size dolls.

© 1970 by Simplicity Pattern Company, until the year 2065.

For their 1970 pattern books, Simplicity offered 9138, in two sizes, one for each size of doll.

© 1971 by Simplicity Pattern Company, until 2066.

The 1971 Simplicity pattern, #9698, was sized for both size dolls. It offered the first of two wedding ensembles for them.

© 1972 by Simplicity Pattern Company, until 2067.

Simplicity 5276 was again, sized for both doll heights.

© 1973 by Simplicity Pattern Company, until 2068.

A much more casual Simplicity 6061 was sold for both sets of dolls.

So... are you ready to get started!? Surprise! This page is just for you! You may click on the picture of the pattern above and a PDF copy will download into a new window for you to save on your computer or to print out. Legal size paper is recommended, as some of the pages are longer than letter-size. If you have dial-up, this may take about 3-5 minutes. DSL or T-1 will load instantly. When printing, do not select "shrink oversized pages to paper size," or your patterns will be too small.

Please note: If a pattern piece is longer than the page, it is continued on the very next page. Be sure to cut them both out and tape them together after they are cut out. You will see pale pink markers to help you match the two pieces together.

If some of these patterns look like they were cut out by a child, you may be right! So please don't blame the owner of this site if they are less than perfect. You may need to allow for the voids on some of the pieces when you cut them out.

Below are the patterns for the smaller set. Simply click the pattern that you are interested in using and a PDF copy will load into a new window.

I have just found out that these free PDF patterns are being sold on eBay by a seller who downloaded them from this page! For shame! The auctions even mention very specific directions that I give for downloading and utilizing legal paper and choosing "100% print" on your options. I also recognize the markers that I made and placed on some pages letting the user know that the rest of the pattern piece is found on the next page. Additionally, this same seller prints out copies of these PDFs that I made for you and actually has the audacity to sell these copies. PLEASE there is no need to pay for what is being provided for free. I spent upwards of 40 hours scanning and converting these patterns to PDF for you. I'm pretty disheartened by this set of events. What a crying shame that people can and will take advantage of you like that. {sigh}

Here are some of the pattern outfits sewn up!

The below five outfits were created for Jennifer, a young collector who lives in the State of Washington. They were all made with Simplicity.

This black "pleather" jacket is made from mid-weight vinyl from Simplicity 8519. This stuff is TOUGH to sew! But the results are well-worth it and quite durable. Your presser foot does not like to move smoothly over the vinyl, but does fine on the back of the vinyl. If you choose to sew on vinyl, it's recommended that you lube your presser foot by applying a little vegetable oil to the bottom of it. I keep a bit on a small plate while I am sewing. This is for top stitching and where you are sewing on the right side of the vinyl. When sewing on the wrong side, where you are sewing on the back of the vinyl, wipe off the oil with a paper towel first. Once you are done with the garment, wash it inside and out with a bit of dishwashing detergent to completely remove the oil and hang to dry. If you need to make the vinyl lie smooth (collars, lapels, or seams), soak a couple of dish towels and lay this over the vinyl and press lightly. The heat from the steam will heat up the vinyl. Follow up with your fingers to "finger press" the area in place while it cools. Please test a small scrap of vinyl first before steaming with the wet towels and the iron to make sure it will withstand the heat.

The blue patchwork halter dress is made from Simplicity 5276. When making this small collection for my neice, I tried to incorporate shades of orange into each completed outfit so that her Crissy doll's orange shoes would match each set! I love how the orange looks against the blue.

This denim set is made from Simplicity 8519. The yellow dress is from Simplicity 6061. I got creative with this dress. While it's hard to tell from the photo, there are shorts underneath. I used the shorts from 6061 for this application as well. The shorts are made from the same fabric as the bib inset. The yellow fabric is sheer so one can see the shorts underneath. The effect is pretty neat! See? Play with these patterns and get creative! In person, the shorts peeking from behind the skirt looks so cool.

Another dress that Jennifer has in her collection is this green set from Simplicity 8519. The dress is trimmed in pale orange, or peach. It is used on the hem and sleeve trim as well as the waist bow. I like to create matching panties for all of the dresses that I sew for Crissy and her little family. So, this dress and the above patchwork dress, both have panties sewn to match. Below, you will find a PDF pattern for panties drafted from a pair of Crissy panties that had seen better days. Once you get the hang of making them, and it truly is very easy, all of your dolls will be able to cover their buns! [grin]

By the way, any time one comes up with an original issue garment for these dolls that is torn, stained or otherwise beyond repair, save it and tear it down! They make great patterns!

When one walked into the “fabric store,” as I used to call it as a child, these little cards were standing up here and there to churn up interest in certain kinds of patterns. The above is a counter card for a Crissy pattern. It is actually rather LARGE!

Many of the Simplicity counter books offered not only the current year’s pattern, but the previous one or two year’s patterns too. Here is the inside of one of my many counter books. This one is the Holiday book from 1969; it only featured #8519 from 1969. Isn’t it gorgeous to see all of these outfits made up!? And just look at those shoes. They were actually painted red for this photo shoot! One can see the paint strokes in the actual picture. It almost looks like red nail polish. I love sharing these marvelous things with you!

The picture from the Holiday 1969 counter book were reused in the January 1970 book, but it was used on two different pages.

This gorgeous layout appears in the February 1971 Simplicity counter book. Doesn't this make you just want to sew!!?? This book features all of the Simplicity patterns up to that year (1969, 1970, and 1971).

The January 1974 book features a precious two-page photo of a little girl surrounded by various dolls, all clad in Simplicity-wear. This book features the 1970, 1971, 1972 and the 1973 Simplicity patterns for the growing-hair gals.

A great set of knit and crochet patterns was created by Virginia Lakin. They were created decades ago and are no longer available for purchase. Please enjoy the following photos. Click each one to launch the pattern into a new window, in PDF format. Contrary to what you might read on certain auctions on eBay, these patterns are still under copyright by Ms. Lakin or her heirs for 95 years from copyright date. Selling them and buying them is illegal. Please read the special note at the bottom of this page. *

The above is the 7th issue of Ms. Lakin’s 1970 booklets. Though this pattern does not have any patterns for Crissy and Velvet, there is a sweater set that will fit Velvet-sized dolls and Cinnamon. ©1970, Virginia Lakin

This is book 10 of 1971. Several outfits options were provided, including a cute crochet pattern for an 11" doll that will fit Cinnamon nicely. ©1971, Virginia's Needlecraft Books

This very small leaflet has a fabulous fitting dress featured in it. ©1971, Virginia Lakin

Book 11 of 1971 offered an outfit each for Crissy and Velvet. ©1971, Virginia Lakin

The 1972 booklets are presented next. This 9th issue (©1972, Virginia Lakin) comes to you courtesty Laura Craig, site owner of www.whos-that-doll.com

Thank you Laura for your generosity!!

Little Bo Peep was the theme of the outfits for Crissy and Velvet in this 13th issue. ©1972, Virginia Lakin

Though not pictured on the cover of this 1973 booklet, instructions for a dress, booties, and a hooded poncho were included for Crissy. ©1973, Virginia Lakin

Not every issue of Ms. Lakin’s patterns had a creation for Velvet and Crissy. Booklets that are known are listed above.

An absolutely wonderful addition to your collection would be the Sew Simple outfits, created by Coats & Clark. They were available in the Sears and JC Penney toy catalogs for several years. Several of the outfits are shown below. The fabrics were sold in several variations. There are literally countless finished dresses and pantsuits out there, just waiting for you to find them (now that you know what they look like). One might find two or three different versions of the total set.

This one was usually sold for Velvet and Crissy sized dolls.
For legal reasons, this photo will not launch into a pattern when clicked.

Included with all of the pre-cut fabrics and trims was this instruction sheet.

Though this Sew Simple set was packaged for Barbie, it illustrates how Coats & Clark boxed the Sew Simple line for sale.

In the catalogs, this one (above) was usually described as fitting dolls a bit bigger than Crissy -- dolls such as Harmony.

Below are outfits, all uncut! Although this set arrived here without its original box, it is QUITE a find to get this set totally unmade. Included were snaps, buttons, thread, hangers, and inside each pre-packaged kit were all the trims needed to complete the garment!

Here are some pictures of those wonderful Sew Simple outfits. They were all purchased pre-made, some obviously by a child and some by an experienced sewer.

The two pantsuits on the right do not have their original sleeveless tops under the vests. They were lost and perhaps "replaced" by a child some years ago, before entering the archive.

The above is from the 1970 JCPenney catalog.

This collector has seen the hangers that came with the Sew Simple sets in pink and red. Here is a set of red hangers that came with a complete collection of Sew Simple outfits along with a Velvet doll found on eBay. They are identical to Tammy's hangers, though hers were generally pink.

See the below catalog pictures that illustrate which years these red hangers were sold.

This is from the 1971 JCPenney catalog.

Exactly like the 1971 offering, this is the same 1972 picture of Velvet modeling the clothes from the Sew Simple line in the '72 catalog from JCPenney.

Look! No Crissy or Velvet to model the Sew Simple clothes found in the 1973 JCPenney book. They were however, mentioned in the description, that the clothes would fit them. The '73 book is the last time Sew Simple is offered in JCPenney's catalogs.

Here is Crissy "presenting" the Sears Sew Simple designs, from the 1970 Sears Wishbook.

Sears exclusive "Tressy" models the 1971 Sew Simple set in the 1971 Sears Wishbook.

Crissy and Harmony (an Ideal doll, but not of the Crissy family) are shown modeling the two different sized Sew Simple outfits (from the 1972 Sears Wishbook).

Here they are shown constructed from the kit.

In the 1973 Sears Wishbook, the Sew Simple set was called "Teen Dream Set" and was not modeled by any Ideal doll. It does list the sizes that it fits (and they fit both Crissy & Velvet sized dolls). This is the last time the Sew Simple outfits were presented in the Sears catalogs.

What an adorable book! This 8 X 11 inch book from Australia, My First Knitting Book has a copyright date of 1973. And just who is that illustrated on the cover? This book was illustrated by Jan Howarth and written by Judith Dine. How cool is it that our Velvet is found on and within this book! Click on the cover photo above to launch a PDF copy of the knitting patterns found in this book.

Inside are the directions for a "Long Halter-neck Dress..."

...a "Long-line Cardigan..."

...and a pair of slacks!

Perhaps you'd like to try your hand at the knitted outfits for the Palitoy "Sheena" doll. If so, please go to this page.

One thing to bear in mind with using patterns from Australia, is that the measurement system is different. Our friend Teresa, a fellow Crissy family collector, writes: "I thought that you might want to pass this info along. A beginner knitter might not know that you need to convert the Australian needle sizes to U.S. for the patterns that fit Sasha or Sheena. Size 11 is size 3 U.S. and for size 10 you use either a 3 or a 4 U.S." We appreciate that Teresa!

And finally.... do your dolls need undies!? Please click here to launch into a pattern that I created from an actual pair of Crissy undies (they fit Velvet too). When you print this PDF page out, make sure you set your print options to print to actual size or your doll's new panties will either be too large or too small!

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Thank you for visiting this “sewing section” of Crissy & Beth’s website! I've enjoyed your visit! I'd like to welcome you to contribute pictures of your craftsmanship. Were you able to use any of the patterns found on this site? Please don't hesitate to send a picture. If enough photos are gathered, we'll start a page just for the purpose of showing off your handiwork. Thanks again for stopping by.

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All text and photography, © February, 2006, by Beth-Ellen Colvin