This week we’re going to learn how to make the dress shown above, and as usual, I’ll be posting the free, printable patterns to make the dress in the picture. This dress will fit modern Barbies (above), older Barbies (like the one shown below), Spin Master Liv dolls, and the 11-inch Disney Princess fashion dolls (scroll down to see these images).
Again, these are just previews of the sewing project we’re making this week. I’ve had lots of requests for doll clothes that fit the Disney Princess fashion dolls, so as you can see in the image below, this dress definitely fits:
It fits the Spin Master Liv dolls as well, as you can see in this image:
The fabric, which is super easy to work with, was purchased at Michael’s Craft Store. You can probably find it online, if you want your party dress to look just like mine. If not, most small-print fabrics would make an equally cute party dress for your fashion dolls.
So please come back tomorrow for the free 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.
2 thoughts on “Let’s #sew a #polkadot party dress for #dolls w/free patterns @ ChellyWood.com!”
I love to be able to get free patterns for Barbie, but how can I get them to print out the right size. The printouts are extremely small and not the whole pattern is on the page. Any help would be appreciated. Wanda
Hi Wanda. I’ve created two different tutorials showing how to print my patterns. One is for using Microsoft Word software; the other uses Google Docs. MS Word is only available to people who own that software (although it’s quite easy software to find on computers at places of work and in public libraries). However Google Docs is available to everyone who uses Google Chrome as a search engine. If you don’t have Google Chrome or don’t know how to use Google docs, I recommend having a teenager or tech-savvy adult show you how to use it. (I say teenager because Google Chrome is now the most popular method for typing school documents.)
Here are the links to my tutorials showing you how to print patterns using MS Word or Google Docs: