This is a preview of the sewing project we’ll be making this week. This elegant cap and gown is what my Momoko Doll will wear in Act V of Romeo and Juliet, the stop-motion video I’m in the process of filming.
The outfit consist of three parts: a Renaissance cap, a shift (or nightgown), and a dress. Here’s a close-up image of the cap…
And here’s a picture of the shift…
Yes, that’s a still shot of the famous “It was the nightingale, and not the lark” scene from Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet. And this week I’ll be sharing all of the free patterns and tutorials for each piece of that lovely outfit.
Although I’ve been posting a lot of “Easy-sew” tutorials lately, this is not at all an outfit for the beginner. The shift is something a beginning-to-intermediate sewist could make without too much trouble. However the cap and gown are pretty complicated.
If you’re looking for some beginners’ patterns, please browse through the “Easy-sew” tutorials on my YouTube channel to find out what projects are already available. Then come on back to look through my gallery page, where you can easily find links to all the free patterns and tutorials I’ve posted on this website.
For those of you who are regular followers of ChellyWood.com, you might be wondering why I haven’t posted anything new for a while. I’ve been designing some Halloween costumes for a sweepstakes giveaway! Visit that Facebook page to enter the contest. Of course, I’ll offer the free patterns too, so you can make your dolls some neat Halloween costumes in October.
Need help printing my patterns? This link will take you to a tutorial showing you how to download my free, printable patterns.
Please note: you must enlarge the pattern to fit a full-sized piece of American computer paper (8.5 x 11 inches or 216 x 279 mm) before printing. My designs use a 1/4 inch seam (standard for fashion doll sewing projects).
If you’re wondering why I make patterns and videos without charging a fee, please visit the “Chelly’s Books” page, and that should explain my general motivations.
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.
I’ve also got a series 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, just like I do!