As you can see, this week’s Barbie®/fashion doll wedding dress pattern includes three different bodice styles. And yes, this probably looks familiar to you, because we used the same pattern for the regular-sized Barbie/fashion doll wedding dress that I posted back in January of this year.
Looking back over the years, I find that my wedding dress, prom dress, and quinceañera dress patterns seem to get the most hits from new visitors to ChellyWood.com. So I thought it might be a good idea to offer some new variations in these types of fancy formal gowns for fashion dolls.
This week I’m offering free sewing patterns and tutorials for making a lovely one-shoulder-look wedding gown to fit tall fashion dolls like Tall Barbie from Mattel. And today, I’m posting the free, printable sewing pattern for making the dress’s one-shoulder bodice.
- Click here to download the pattern.
- Take a look at this video, if you need help downloading today’s free pattern.
I made my wedding dress’s bodice out of felt, but I also embellished it with some eyelet trim.
Felt is really a wonderful fabric for beginners to work with. It’s somewhat flexible; it’s very inexpensive; it doesn’t need hemmed. It’s also a fabric most adults have worked with when they were younger, through 4-H, home economics classes, grammar school, and/or scouts. So those are a few of the reasons why we’re using felt for this dress’s bodice.
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 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!