Here’s the tutorial video showing you how to make the rickrack summer top and/or swimsuit cover-up and/or sun dress that fits the Wellie Wishers (approx. 15 inches or 38 cm tall) and Velvet dolls (approx. 16 inches or 40.5 cm tall), as well as the Hearts4Hearts Girls, which stand about 14 inches or 35.5 cm tall.
To make this halter top/swimsuit coverup and/or sundress, you’ll need the following free sewing patterns:
To everyone’s surprise, because I used Velcro for the back closure, this outfit will also fit 12-inch (30.5 cm) baby dolls, with the following measurements:
- Arm circumference: 4 inches (10 cm)
- Belly/stomach circumference: 9 inches (22.5 cm)
- Thigh circumference: 5 inches (12.5 cm)
- Neck circumference: 6 inches (15 cm)
Monday’s post will show the outfit on the baby doll as well as the others, which are pictured in the tutorial video I’ve provided.
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.