Today I’m going to give you everything you need–free patterns and links to my tutorials–so you can make the Swedish traditional costume shown above. The costume was designed to fit my Madame Alexander doll, but a lot of times the MA dolls’ clothes can also fit American Girl dolls as well. Here are the patterns I designed:
- Pattern A (Bonnet, Vest, and Collar)
- Pattern B (Apron + Skirt’s Waistband)
- Pattern C (Sleeve and Cuff for Blouse/Top/Shirt)
- Pattern D (Swedish “Pocket” Purse, Bonnet Front, Bodice Back)
- Pattern E (Basic Doll Skirt)
- Pattern F (Bodice Front and Vest Front)
- Pattern G (Neckerchief and Apron Belt)
And here’s a link to a playlist that shows all the tutorials you’ll need to make the bonnet, collared shirt, vest, neckerchief, skirt, apron, and even that neat little Swedish traditional “pocket” purse she carries at her side:
Remember that you need to enlarge my patterns to fit an American-sized sheet of printer paper (8.5 x 11 inches or 216 x 279 mm), without margins, before printing. Feel free to pin, like, or tweet about my free patterns and tutorials. If you can’t find a specific pattern, just submit a question to me directly.
Need help printing my patterns? This link will take you to a tutorial showing you how to download my free, printable patterns.
I’ve also got a playlist of tutorials for the beginning sewists on my YouTube channel. It includes video tutorials showing you how to do a basic straight stitch when sewing by hand, how to use the whipstitch to hem a garment, how to sew on snaps, and even how to design your own doll clothes patterns, for those who are new to design and alterations.
If you’re wondering why I make patterns and tutorials without charging a fee, please visit the “Chelly’s Books” page, and that should explain my general motivations. Overall, I love to sew, design doll clothes, and embroider, and I think it’s important to share my talents with the world, so others can learn to do what I do.