My regular followers will recognize this as one of the outfits I designed and posted around Christmas time, but did you know the new Endless Hair Princess 17″ Barbie doll can wear this outfit as well as my Tonner doll? Here are the patterns and tutorials you’ll need to make the outfit shown above:
- Free printable doll clothes pattern for simple felt sleeveless shirt
- Tutorial showing how to sew felt sleeveless shirt for 17″ dolls
- Free printable doll clothes pattern for skirt that fits 17″ dolls
- Free printable doll clothes patterns for tulle overlay
- Tutorial video showing how to sew the elastic-waist skirt that fits 17-inch dolls
When making this sleeveless top for 17″ Barbie dolls, I do not recommend using bias tape (as is sometimes shown in the video tutorial). The bias tape will prevent the felt from “stretching” and make it harder to snap in the back.
Recently, some of my followers have wondered what motivates me to give my patterns away for free.
First of all, I’m a librarian by trade. Librarians love free stuff! We believe that the more a person knows, the more enriched their life will be. So it may sound kind of crazy, but I want ChellyWood.com to become a sort of Gutenberg Library of free patterns that help people learn to sew doll clothes.
If you’d like to learn more about my motives, feel free to visit my Chelly’s Books page.
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).
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.
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!