Some of my YouTube videos go back a ways, and recently I’ve decided to re-do some of those older tutorials. Especially like this one, which (in its original version) gets a lot of views.
For anyone who doesn’t remember the original video, this “remastered” version (like the old one) shows how to make a basic ball gown or princess dress for typical 11.5-inch fashion dolls like Barbie®, many of the Disney® princess dolls, Spin Master Liv dolls, and Queens of Africa™ dolls, among others.
A number of my early patterns were drawn with a sharpie and didn’t have very many instructions on them, so tomorrow I’ll post an updated edition of the patterns you would need to make this dress.
As it shows in the video, this dress is a “shift” or undergarment that’s a fundamental piece of clothing for nearly all the female characters in my stop-motion production of Romeo and Juliet, so it’s a pretty important dress to make for anyone who wants to make my medieval/ Renaissance clothing for female dolls. That’s why I thought it would be nice to re-do some of these older patterns and tutorials; I’ve purchased some software to help me put together my stop-motion production of Romeo and Juliet, so it won’t be long now! After two years in production, Romeo and Juliet will soon be published for all to view.
I’m curious about whether or not my followers find the re-posting of older material like this “remastered” video useful/helpful. Recently there has been a slight drop in followers on my site, and I’m trying to figure out what I can do to make the content more pleasing. So please consider leaving an honest comment. Your input is appreciated!
Need help printing my patterns? This link offers 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.
Here are some helpful ways to tell the world about my patterns:
- You can pin them on Pinterest.
- You can like them on Facebook.
- You can tweet about them.
- Use any other form of social media that appeals to you!
Are you new to sewing? I’ve 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.