As I’ve mentioned before, I’m going through some of my older patterns and re-designing them. The pattern above was originally posted in January of 2015, I believe. As I go through these older patterns, I’m focusing on improving them a bit. Here’s what I mean:
- They now have better instructions (like seam allowances).
- They now tell the difficulty level of the pattern.
- They include the Creative Commons mark.
- They let you know what size dolls they fit best.
- They give you the name of my YouTube channel, so you can find the video that goes with them.
- Their lines are sharper, and therefore easier to cut out.
As you can see on this pattern, it’s the “market merchant’s pinafore” pattern from Romeo and Juliet. My stop-motion video of Romeo and Juliet has been a two-year process, but I’m busy in production right now, trying to adjust timing, making sure my quotes are done correctly, and generally putting the whole thing together in a lovely video package.
At one point, I had Act I completed, but a couple of fellow writers offered some constructive criticism of the finished product. So I’m busy doing some revisions and re-doing the whole background.
But don’t give up on me! I’ll get it finished, I promise! If you want to see the Romeo and Juliet stop-motion video when it’s all done, this is the place to come!
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.