Does this outfit look familiar? It’s one of the earliest outfits that I posted here on ChellyWood.com. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this “Musketeer” outfit (minus the pants and original boots) will actually fit Curvy Barbie®!
So this week I’m going to be nostalgic. We’re going to look back at this outfit, piece by piece, and I’m going to offer you newly re-mastered versions of my old hand-drawn patterns that I posted when I first started blogging about my doll-related sewing projects back in 2014.
You might be wondering why I’m feeling nostalgic all of a sudden…
This week I’m going to begin posting my stop-motion video of Romeo and Juliet–the very film for which this musketeer-style costume was originally designed!
Please note: although every piece of filming for Romeo and Juliet has already been done, it took me three days of non-stop film production to create the “Act I” video you’re going to see this week. I’m not sure how long it will be before the other acts will be completed.
Just be patient. Pin. Follow. Subscribe to my YouTube channel. And if you haven’t already, subscribe to this blog.
Did you catch that? Romeo and Juliet has been four years in the making. I can’t guarantee that it’s a masterpiece, but I’m 100% certain that I had a ton of fun filming it! That’s gotta count for something.
Would you like to see what the original Musketeer costume photo looked like? Here it is:
I’d like to think my doll photography has come a long way over the last four years! You may see a similar progression between the filming of Act I and the filming of Act V, although not all photos and film clips were produced in chronological order.
And I can’t tell you how excited I am to finally begin releasing Romeo and Juliet after all this time!
If you really like my Romeo and Juliet “Act I” video, please consider sharing it on social media. Romeo and Juliet “Act I” will be released this Wednesday. So hold onto your feather-adorned Renaissance hats!
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