I can’t believe how cute that Renaissance tunic is on my Curvy! As I said in yesterday’s post, I’m feeling nostalgic about my blog and my old patterns.
When I first designed this pattern, it was roughly done with a Sharpie marker and a ruler. Since then, I’ve learned to make my patterns digitally.
New patterns also include the following special features:
- a measurement scale
- the Creative Commons Attribution mark
- information about how to print the patterns
- a seam allowance statement
- a difficulty scale
That last one is really important. I wish I’d thought of a difficulty scale way back in 2014, when I first started to post my hand-drawn patterns online.
The pattern for this Renaissance tunic isn’t what I’d call easy. It’s intermediate at best.
I realize that most of you are looking for beginning and easy-sew patterns. Not to worry! I’ll be going back to those next week.
However, as I mentioned yesterday, this week is super special, here at ChellyWood.com because I’m planning to release my Romeo and Juliet “Act I” video tomorrow!
And yes, you’ll see this tunic featured in the film. The pants worn in Romeo and Juliet don’t fit my Curvy doll, so I just made her a pair of tights. I’ve included a link to my “How to Make Doll Tights” tutorial, so you can make some too.
So without further ado, here’s the pattern and tutorials for making the tunic and tights that my Curvy is modeling for us:
I’m sorry I don’t have a re-mastered tutorial video for making this tunic. Back when I first started this sewing blog, I didn’t know how important it would be to take lots of pictures as I sewed.
I’d like to think I’ve come a long way as a doll clothes tutorial YouTuber! My newer tutorials are a lot easier to follow, I think.
But if you have any advice for future tutorials, I always appreciate helpful comments. Feel free to leave one.
And don’t forget to come back tomorrow to view Romeo and Juliet “Act I”!
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