Yes, it’s almost time for our Independence Day in the United States, which we celebrate on July 4th. To show my patriotism, I’ve decided to re-post the tutorial and pattern (click this link to download) for making this lovely colorblock dress. Tomorrow, I’ll post the pattern for making the doll’s headscarf.
This patriotic dress pattern is designed to fit most 11.5-inch fashion dolls, like Barbie®, many of the Disney® princess dolls, and Queens of Africa™ dolls, among others.
You may also notice a slight change to this pattern. It now says “Creative Commons Attribution.” This mark simply means that I created the pattern (and therefore I own rights to it), but I’m willing to share it with everyone who will tell people about my website. I’d like the whole world to know that my website offers free, printable sewing patterns! But I need your help in spreading the word. So from now on, if you do print and use my patterns, make sure you tell people where you got them.
When you make this dress, you don’t have to use the red-white-and-blue colors that I used. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see this dress made in the colors of another country’s flag? If you decide to try this pattern with different colors, please let me know how it turns out. I’d love to see pictures of your finished colorblock dresses!
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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.
I’ve also got a playlist 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, for those who are new to design and alterations.
In case you haven’t heard, I have actually designed some 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.