This week we’re going to learn how to make the felt bodysuit that you see in the image above. It’s part of a Halloween costume that fits most 11.5-inch fashion dolls, like Barbie®, Liv dolls (from Spin Master®), Momoko™, and similar fashion dolls. Here’s a preview of the bodysuit without the accessories:
Without the sleeves, I suppose you could alter this pattern to make a swimsuit to fit your fashion dolls as well. So this is a good pattern to have on hand, even if you’re not planning to make the Halloween costume we’re creating on ChellyWood.com this week. But if you’re anxious to make all the parts and pieces for this costume, this is the week for it!
Toward the end of the week, I’m hoping to post patterns and tutorials for making the other accessories as well:
I’ll show you how to make the paw-style mittens and the tail. The tights are pretty easy to make, but I don’t think I’ll have time to cover that tutorial this week. I’ll have to save that tutorial for next week.
Of course I’ve already posted the tutorial showing how to make the kitty-cat mask. It can be found right here.
As you may recall, there’s a contest going on right now. (I believe today’s the last day for the contest though.) If you want to win my handmade cat costume for fashion dolls, you must visit my friend Angela’s fantastic OOAK Facebook page. (Click that link to get there.) She specializes in doll makeovers.
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 gather fabric, 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!