The photo above is a preview of the strappy summer top I’ll be making here on ChellyWood.com this week. Last week we made the elastic-waist skirt with a ruffle, and this week we’ll make the matching top.
On Wednesday, I’ll offer the pattern, which is really a pattern we’ve seen before, but we’ll only be using a portion of it for this project. Then, on Thursday, I’ll post the tutorial for making the top.
If you’re in search of some Independence-Day-themed patterns, look back at last week. I posted my flag dress patterns and tutorials.
However, you may have noticed a slight change to my patterns last week; they now say “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 anyone 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 it.
There are lots of ways to spread the word in this digital age: you can “like” my patterns on Facebook, “pin” them on Pinterest, and/or tweet about them. You’re also welcome to add any of my YouTube channel’s videos to your playlists. I’m asking you to share through any form of social media. It’s as simple as that!
Additional Tips and Pointers:
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. These designs use a scant 1/4 inch seam (4 mm to be exact).
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.