During the month of November, I did a whole bunch of re-posts, to buy myself time for my own holiday shopping and Christmas craft projects. So expect to see a few new projects here, on ChellyWood.com, during the month of December. You’re definitely due for something new!
I’m starting the month with a simple explanation of tulle–a fabric we often use in dolls’ wedding dresses and petticoats. I’ve been meaning to make a series of tutorials about sewing basics, and this one was intended to get the ball rolling in November. However, as one might expect, the holiday rush kept me way too busy to take this project any further.
Perhaps down the road I’ll make more videos like this one though. Leave a comment letting me know whether or not you find this type of video helpful.
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:
- 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!
2 thoughts on “What is #tulle? A #fabric demonstration from ChellyWood.com”
Thank YOU for your website and blog. Very informational, professionally designed. You are a very creative individual 🙂 This is my first attempt at making a few doll clothes for my grand daughter. Even though I have a doll collection – I do not have a Barbie to check for measurements. (She has a standard 11.5 Barbie.) Could you include measurements ? Perhaps, I will just trace and lay the pattern on my fabric scrap ? What do you suggest?
Well Kathi, I advise you to go down to your local second hand store (like GoodWill or Salvation Army) and scrounge up a used Barbie for measurements. There’s nothing like the real thing to make sure you get your sewing projects to fit just right. Also, you will find measurements for both traditional Barbies and modern Barbies on this blog post: https://chellywood.com/2017/01/05/do-vintage-barbie-patterns-fit-new-barbies-3/
Also, if you’re planning to print my patterns, make sure they print without any margins on the page. As long as you’re using typical USA printer paper, they will be exactly the right size. I have two tutorials to help you print your patterns without margins. Here’s a link to the post that offers both tutorials: https://chellywood.com/2017/07/07/how-to-print-sewing-patterns-google-docs-to-beinternetawesome/
BEST of luck with your sewing projects, Kathi! 🙂