As my followers know, I posted the free sewing pattern for this shirt yesterday. Today I’m posting my DIY tutorial showing you how to sew a shirt for tiny 8″ dolls like the Breyer® rider dolls. Incidentally, this shirt pattern also fits the vintage World of Love dolls from Hasbro® and the vintage 8″ Wizard of Oz dolls from MEGO™.
In my video, it mentions a free giveaway. That sweepstakes contest is going on right here, on ChellyWood.com. Click here to enter the contest for free Traditional model horse blankets, hand-made by my teenage daughter, Emily Teapot. Here’s a link to our Etsy store, if you’re curious.
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Most of my designs use a 1/4 inch seam (standard for fashion doll sewing projects), but for smaller doll clothes projects like this one, I recommend using a 1/8 inch seam, if you can pull that off. This ensemble isn’t for brand-new sewists (it can be tricky to make), so if you’re looking for easier projects, please read the information below…
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!
Need help printing my patterns? This link will take you to a tutorial showing you how to download my free, printable patterns. It’s important to 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.
In case you haven’t heard, I’ve 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.