I don’t know if my regular followers noticed, but this week’s pattern is actually a variation on an older pattern. Have a look at the video to see what the old pattern looked like.
New improvements to the old patterns include a measurement tool, suggested seam allowances, guidelines for printing, and more. New versions of the patterns also include the “Creative Commons” mark, which means you’re welcome to use my free patterns, as long as you tell people where you got them.
The tutorial above shows the original dress that went with the earlier version of this pattern. That first dress used Easter-themed printed fabric, whereas the new tutorial, which I posted here just yesterday, demonstrated how to make a Halloween-themed dress.
In truth, you could use any type of fabric you wanted with this pattern.
But I have a small confession to make. I used to post the earlier version of this pattern with a claim that it had a one-size-fits-all bodice (made of felt). What I’ve discovered in re-designing this pattern is that the bodice that goes with this project is less flexible than I had originally thought.
I’m a bit embarrassed to admit this, but I also think it’s important to be straightforward when I have clearly made a mistake. So in the future, I’d like to make it up to my faithful followers by creating a truly one-size-fits-most fashion doll shirt pattern. Watch for that free pattern and tutorial right here on ChellyWood.com over the coming months.
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!