Isn’t that a lovely doll? She’s a Tonner™, given to me by a friend named Julie. HI JULIE! She looks a lot like a Mattel® doll, but this doll is actually 16-inches tall (41 cm). So this week’s free sewing patterns and tutorials have been designed to fit fashion dolls in that size range.
I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this outfit also fits 17-inch (43 cm) dolls, like the Hollywood Starlette™ doll that was once produced by FibreCraft. Just take a look at my Hollywood Starlette™ doll in the same outfit:
So as this image shows, the patterns I’m posting this week will also fit a 17-inch fashion doll. I’ll be focusing on the white sleeveless top this week, and most likely, next week I’ll show you how to make this business skirt. I have also been working on a long-sleeve shirt and/or jacket pattern and possibly a camp shirt, but the camp shirt is taking a while. We’ll see how it goes.
I tried making a pair of jeans for these dolls but had an epic fail. Look back at last week’s pattern to see how I turned that failure into something usable. I may re-visit the idea of designing jeans/pants for 16- and 17-inch dolls, but for now, that project is taking a backseat to other projects.
Again, I wish to thank Julie for my lovely Tonner™ doll. What a generous gift! In return, I hope you truly enjoy the patterns I have in store for 16-inch and 17-inch dolls!
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:
- 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.
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!