Easy #Sewing Project for #Kids: #DIY Chelsea® Dress

Yesterday I showed you a preview of this project. Well here’s the tutorial! Along with this free tutorial, I’m providing a pattern:

It is, of course, the same pattern we used with the folk dress that I posted last week, but in this case, you’ll want to cut out pieces A and B. This particular dress can be created with or without sleeves, and as you’ll see in the video tutorial, it’s certainly a bit easier if you choose to make it without sleeves.

So if you are working with a child who is learning to sew, or if you yourself are learning to so, try making this dress without sleeves.


For those of you who already feel comfortable with the basics, check out my new Gallery Page, where you can pick an outfit for a doll, click on that picture, and the link in the caption will take you to all the free, printable patterns and free tutorials you’ll need to make that outfit.

If you want to see all of my Easy-Sew Projects for Kids as soon as I post them, check out my 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.

Feel free to pinlike, or tweet about my free patterns and tutorials.

Need help printing my patterns? This link will take you to a tutorial showing you how to download my free, printable patterns.

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.

And in case you haven’t heard, I have also designed commercial patterns for Lammily LLC. They have some new dolls in their line, including a new male doll, so you might want to visit the Lammily website to see what they’ve got going on.

2 thoughts on “Easy #Sewing Project for #Kids: #DIY Chelsea® Dress

  1. Thank you so much for the patterns. I’m a bit confused. I pressed the link to get to the 5.5″ Chelsea doll pattern. I was able to print it following your directions but then noticed that the title of the printed page says ‘Dress Patterns for 4.5 inch or 11 cm Dolls. Is the title wrong or is the link to the 5.5″ size wrong? Thanks.

    1. The title is misleading. If I find that one doll can swap clothes with another, I sometimes re-post the same pattern under the other doll without changing the heading and/or pictures on the pattern page. It can be misleading, but it saves time for me. Sorry about that Monica. When I get time, I’ll change it.

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