Designing 17-inch #dolls’ clothes for my new #MH #doll: Gooliope Jellington


Image shows Monster High's Gooliope Jellington standing next to a Mattel Barbie dolls, to indicate the size difference. Gooliope Jellington stands at about 17.5 inches tall, and Barbies are typically 11.5 inches tall. In this image, Barbie looks up at the Monster High doll, while the taller doll places a hand on Barbie's head.
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About one week before a friend sent me a gorgeous 16-inch Tonner® doll, I was shopping at a second hand store and discovered a Gooliope Jellington® from Monster High‘s® Freak du Chic® collection. She was (as are most second-hand dolls) naked when I found her, so when my first attempt at making jeans for the 16-inch Tonner® doll failed, I was able to adapt the jeans to fit Gooliope®.

To give you some idea of how Gooliope® measures up against a well-known doll, I have her standing next to one of Mattel’s® wonderfully articulated Made-to-Move Barbie® dolls.


Image shows a Freak du Chic Monster High doll standing next to a Barbie doll, to indicate the difference in their sizes.
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Gooliope Jellington® stands at 17.5 inches tall; whereas Barbie® is 11.5 inches tall. The two dolls make an interesting pair, don’t they?

My new Tonner® doll is 16 inches tall, slightly shorter than Gooliope®.

As you can see, my first attempt at making jeans for my new Tonner® doll turned out a bit too long for the shorter 16-inch Tonner® dolls, but they fit Gooliope® just right! This week I’ll be posting a pattern for the tall MH doll’s jeans, which have an elastic waist and are relatively easy to make.

After my jean-design failure, I put the jeans project away for a while. Instead, I made a dressier outfit for my  Tonner® doll (the summer top and business skirt that you see in my “Doll Photography” series of video tutorials). I have that Tonner® doll outfit all sewn up, but I’m still working on the finishing touches for that set of patterns.

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So it won’t be long now! Be patient! Designing doll clothes does take time, and I usually have a few failures along the way when I’m designing for a new and different doll.

Meanwhile, please sit back and enjoy the pattern for the Freak du Chic® – sized Monster High® dolls, like Gooliope Jellington.® I’ll be posting the jeans pattern and tutorial video for the 17.5-inch MH dolls this week, and then I’ll post the pattern again with the easy-sew felt shirt tutorial next week.

Additional Information:


My Gallery Page is the easiest way to search through all of my patterns to find what you want. Each image on the Gallery Page takes you to links for patterns and tutorials.

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.) To review my difficulty scale (demonstrating how hard or easy a pattern is by the number of flowers displayed), take a look back at this blog post.

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:

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.

If your question wasn’t answered here, feel free to submit a question. I’m always happy to help my followers find what they need, so they, too, can make amazing doll clothes and crafts!

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