This is the first of the three patterns I’ll be posting this week. This one and tomorrow’s pattern will be cut out and taped together to form a full skirt pattern. As it says on this pattern, you will need to print two copies of Pattern A (today’s pattern) and one cope of Pattern B.
Because we’ll print two copies of this week’s pattern, it doesn’t include the instructions to place this pattern’s edge on the fold. However, when you use this pattern to cut out your skirt, you want to make it super full, which means you should place the taped pattern’s A side (one of them anyway) on the fabric’s fold before cutting the skirt out. That will ensure that you get a really full skirt.
Furthermore, this skirt pattern will show you how long you need to cut a swatch of lace–again, placing it on the lace’s fold. The lace is just for decoration, though, so it doesn’t have to go all the way to the hem of the pattern. Mine went about 3/4 of the way down the pattern. Look back at yesterday’s post to see what I mean, or zoom in on the image of the Tall Barbie wearing the dress on this pattern.
There will also be a petticoat layer. I recommend that you cut the petticoat at the top line of the cotton skirt’s hem marking (where it says “double-fold hemline). That should give you enough fullness to the skirt, due to the crinoline’s stiffness, without showing the petticoat under the skirt.
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!