This week I’m going to show you how to make the easy-to-sew felt summer top that you see pictured above. That’s my new DC Comics Super Hero Girl, BumbleBee, modeling my felt summer shirt for this week’s free pattern preview.
That’s my Made-to-Move Barbie, wearing the shirt that we’ll be sewing this week with our free doll clothes pattern. Below you can see my Made-to-Move Curvy Barbie modeling a shirt made from the same pattern:
The shirt could be made with any color of felt and any type of strappy notions: ribbons, lace, ruffled lace, bias tape, or even leather straps.
Here’s my Curvy Barbie showing off her lovely felt and ribbon-lace combo strappy summer top:
And finally, here’s my vintage Tammy Doll from Ideal Corp. wearing the top:
You see those colorful pants she’s wearing? That’s the sewing project we did last week. Look back at last week’s post for the free pattern and tutorial for making those easy DIY pants, which also fit Mattel’s Curvy Barbie, MTM Barbie, Made-to-Move Curvy Barbie, DC Comics’ Superhero Girls dolls, and vintage Tammy dolls from Ideal.
Stick around and this week I’ll post the tutorial for making this super-easy, felt summer shirt!
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.