#DIY retro #bikini top for #Dolls w/free pattern @ ChellyWood.com

Yesterday I gave you the pattern; today I’m showing you how to make the retro swimsuit top.

I’m very pleased with the way this pattern turned out. In fact, as the pattern implies, I’d really like to try making a pair of panties and a bra with plain white fabric (or possibly lace fabric), using the same pattern. But I’ll save that for another day.

For now, I hope you enjoy this video tutorial, showing you how to make the retro bikini top. Tomorrow I’ll try to get the swimsuit bottoms’ tutorial posted.


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In case you haven’t heard, I’ve 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 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!

2 thoughts on “#DIY retro #bikini top for #Dolls w/free pattern @ ChellyWood.com

  1. I DO appreciate your generosity. I make 500 Barbie outfits a year for Toys For Tots and this gives me great ideas when I have a basic pattern. Bless you Chelly!

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