The video I’m posting today isn’t one of my own, but it’s a toy review that’s available from TTPM Toy Reviews on YouTube. It features the Bryden Bandweth doll from Project MC2, and as you may have guessed, I’m going to be providing a FREE printable sewing pattern for this and other Project MC2 dolls this week.
For those of you who, like me, prefer a fully-articulated doll, please be aware than not all of the Project MC2 dolls are fully-articulated. Like the Monster High dolls, some lack articulation in the elbow and knee joints, so pay close attention to the packaging before buying a Project MC2 doll.
On the whole, I’ve been very satisfied with my Project MC2 dolls and have purchased four of them so far. I find them easy to pose, and their large eyes and long eyelashes are endearing. But what I love most about the Project MC2 dolls is the positive message they send to girls: “Smart is the new cool!” You can’t beat that STEM-empowering theme!
This week’s pattern is for a pirate or colonial-style hat, that fits the Project MC2 dolls’ 14 cm or 5 and 1/2-inch circumference heads. Here’s what it looks like when complete:
And yes, I’ll also give you the free patterns for the shirt, vest, capri pants, and little Colonial-style shoes… but those will come later. For this week, please stick around for the hat pattern and tutorial. It will include guidelines for embroidering the Jolly Roger symbol on the hat’s front flap (but if you just want to make the hat without the pirate symbol, that’s easy to do too).
Need help printing my patterns? This link will take you to a tutorial showing you how to download and print my FREE patterns using Google Docs. (For the older print-a-pattern tutorial, which uses Microsoft Word, click here.)
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. My patterns are now available through “Creative Commons Attribution.” This means that I created my patterns (and therefore I own rights to them), but I’m willing to share them 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.
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.