If you’re not sure what this pattern is all about, have a look back at Monday’s post. This week I’m re-posting last year’s Halloween-themed costumes for fashion dolls. The cat costume includes the bodysuit pattern, the easy-to-make tights, and the mask, tail, and mittens that are part of the pattern above.
The pumpkin/ jack-o-lantern pattern is really fun and quite easy to make, in my opinion, and it can go with either the fashion doll’s cat costume (designed to fit most 11.5-inch fashion dolls like Barbie, the Disney Princess dolls, and Liv dolls) or the little ghost costume that I’m posting tomorrow (which is designed to fit much smaller dolls).
On Friday I’ll post a link to all of the patterns together, plus tutorials for making each one.
Last year, for Halloween, I actually worked with children in grades 5 through 8 (ages 9 to 14), teaching them how to make the jack-o-lantern. It was surprisingly easy to teach them! So I think it’s fair enough to say that the jack-o-lantern project only deserves two flowers, on my difficulty scale.
The cat costume, however, has been given four flowers, meaning it would require some advanced sewing skills to make. If you’ve ever tried to make a bodysuit, you’ll know what I’m talking about. They are not for the faint of heart.
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:
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- 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!