How to design your own #DollClothes

Over the years, a few of my followers and friends have asked me, “How do you design your own doll clothes? Is there a trick to it?” Well some patterns are easier than others, of course, but the video above sort of explains my process.

You’ll notice, in the video, that I often make errors. I check for these errors by trying my paper patterns on the dolls themselves before ever cutting out the fabric. This is just one of the many “tricks” I’ve learned over the years.

This video will show each of the steps I took when designing a medieval shirt with raglan-style sleeves and a drawstring neckline. It’s not an easy pattern to design.

Tomorrow I’ll post a video showing how I design a skirt, which is much easier to do.


If you’re searching for a pattern for one of my doll clothes designs, please navigate over to the Gallery Page. That’s the easiest way to search through all of my patterns to find what you want. Each image on the Gallery Page takes you to links for 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.

Please note: you must enlarge my patterns to fit a full-sized piece of American computer paper (8.5 x 11 inches or 216 x 279 mm) without margins, 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. It’s always friendly and kind to show your appreciation for my free patterns and tutorials by liking them on Facebook, pinning them on Pinterest, and/or tweeting about them (yes, you have my permission). You’re also welcome to add any of my YouTube channel’s videos to your playlists. Please visit those links for easy access to my patterns, tutorials, and blog posts.

In case you haven’t heard, I have 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 also have 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!

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