By the heading I’ve chosen, you probably won’t be surprised when I tell you that the costume I designed for my Friar Laurence to wear in the stop-motion video I’m producing of Romeo and Juliet is quite popular with Sunday School teachers. I guess they use it to make costumes for Father Christmas, Jesus, holiday angels, and various Bible characters.
I’ve received a number of emails (using my Submit a Question feature), telling me how useful this pattern can be. I love to hear from folks who follow me! If you ever find a new and fun way to use my patterns, don’t hesitate to send me pictures and tell me all about your adventures!
The outfit you see pictured above was designed to fit male fashion dolls and action figures like Ken™, Jake (from the Liv Doll™ collection), and G.I. Joe™. Below you’ll find my patterns for the hood, robes, and even his rope sandals, along with tutorials showing you how to make each piece of the costume which I designed for my Texas A&M Ken’s Friar Laurence part in the play:
- Pattern 1 for Monk’s Robe
- Pattern 2 for Monk’s Robe
- Pattern for Monk’s Hood
- Tutorial and Pattern for Monk’s Sandals
- Monk’s Costume Tutorial
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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.
And in case you haven’t heard, I have also designed commercial patterns for Lammily LLC. They have some new dolls coming out soon, so you might want to visit the Lammily website to see what they’ve got going on.