Monday’s post shows a cute little purple easy-peasy felt top to sew for your fashion dolls, like Barbie, Liv dolls, Momoko, Queens of Africa, and similar-sized dolls. Tuesday I gave you the free pattern for this felt top. Wednesday you got to view the video that shows you how to make the felt top.
But how do I design my patterns? What’s the step-by-step process for designing your own patterns for dolls’ clothes? Today’s video will take you through the step-by-step process I use when designing a pattern.
Skirts are probably the easiest patterns to make for dolls, so I thought it would be wise to start with a simple skirt pattern.
Now if you want to design a skirt like the one in Monday’s post, you won’t want to measure from your doll’s waist to her toes (as is shown in this video). Instead, you’ll want to measure from the doll’s waist to the bottom of her knee.
From there, add seam allowances, exactly like it describes in the video tutorial.
If you find yourself struggling, don’t hesitate to submit a question. I’m always happy to help!
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!