Yes, this is nearly identical to last week’s project. It uses the same patterns, but this week’s halter top also has a pocket and uses rickrack trim. For those of us who are experienced sewists, rickrack and pockets are a piece of cake, but for the beginners in the world of sewing, it’s probably a good idea to slow down and show them the ins and outs of creating this specific look for our dolls’ clothes.
So this week, watch for the free, printable sewing patterns again. I’ll also post a new tutorial that shows how to match up the lines of your rickrack when sewing it onto the garment as trim. This tutorial will also include the addition of the pocket.
The matching shorts tutorial is coming too… be patient!
Since this week’s project fits Wellie Wishers from American Girl Dolls, it also fits my Hearts4Hearts Girls, as you can see in the photo below:
And as we saw last week, this pattern also fits my vintage Velvet doll from the Ideal company’s Crissy family of dolls:
We also saw last week that this pattern can fit my 12-inch baby doll too. Here’s how this rendition of the halter dress pattern looks on a baby doll:
Please drop by later this week to download those patterns and view the new tutorial video with a slightly different take on this cute and highly versatile doll clothes pattern!
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.
My Gallery Page is the easiest way to search through all of my patterns to find what you want. Each image on the Gallery Page takes you to links for patterns and tutorials.
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.
In case you haven’t heard, I have actually designed some commercial patterns for Lammily LLC. 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.