Here’s a preview of this week’s sewing project, which, of course, includes the FREE printable sewing pattern. This week’s project fits most dolls with very slender bodies. As you can see in the photos, I’ve tried it on Monster High®, Ever After High®, and Project MC2 dolls, and I’ve found it does fit all of these. Here are a couple more photos:
In the shot above, you can see that this “fancy” shirt is part of the pirate ensemble I’ve been working on. It goes perfectly with the vest, tricorne hat, and Colonial shoes I designed for the Project MC2® dolls.
A word of caution about the MH and EAH dolls. As you can see in the photo above, the lace extends the length of the sleeves and sort of makes them too long for these two dolls. If you decide to make this shirt, I would advise against using the lace embellishment. Without lace, the sleeves are about the right size.
So that’s what I plan to show you this week. After this week’s shirt pattern and tutorial, we’ll look back at a couple of older patterns, and then next week I’ll finish off the pirate ensemble with the trousers pattern and tutorial.
A few of you have encouraged me to design some clothes for a Tonner® doll. Thanks to a very generous donation from a friend (thank you, Julie), I have recently started to design doll clothes for the gorgeous, elegant Tonner® adult-style 16-inch (40 cm) dolls. I’m working to perfect these patterns, but I usually have to go through a couple of failed prototypes before I get a pattern just right. So hang in there; the Tonner® 16-inch doll patterns are coming!
For those of you who like to sew for ball-jointed dolls, this could offer more options for you as well!
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.