Above, you’ll see a preview of the summer top we’re going to sew this week. As always, free patterns will be provided. This halter-style summer shirt looks a lot like a tank top in front, but it ties at the top in the back, as you’ll see in the image below:
As you can see in the image below, this summer top also fits my Kaya doll from the American Girl doll’s 18-inch doll lineup:
Please join me this week on ChellyWood.com as I give you the free pattern for making the tank top-look summer shirt pattern for this 18-inch doll’s halter top. Last week we made the duffel bag /kit bag / gym bag /gymnastics sports bag that you see Kaya holding up.
In the weeks to come, we’ll also see how to make her sandals and pants. So before you know it, we’ll have the whole outfit of doll clothes for 18″ or 46 cm dolls like American Girl Dolls and Madame Alexander Dolls.
Please come back tomorrow for the FREE printable sewing pattern for American Girl Doll clothes (it’s also a free printable sewing pattern for Madame Alexander doll clothes and will fit most 18 inch or 46 centimeter dolls).
You can really see the pocket nicely in the image above. Yes, this summer top comes with a pocket! And it’s a fairly easy-to-sew pattern, as patterns go. I gave it three flowers on my difficulty scale.
If you’d like to learn more about how to support this “Free Doll Clothes Patterns” website which offers lots of free printable doll clothes patterns (accessible through the Gallery Page), please scroll down to the “Additional Information” section below.
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.