Here we see my American Girl doll with her friend, my Madame Alexander. These two doll-friends really remind me of myself and my cousin, Virginia. I was always afraid of the water, and Virginia would dive in before she even got her swimsuit on!
Speaking of swimsuits, guess what I’m going to offer as a free pattern this week…
Yep, this week I’m going to offer a pattern for the bikini bottoms that my Kaya doll is modeling in the image above. Next week I’ll offer the pattern for the bikini top.
Of course her swimsuit bottoms can double as an underpants pattern (bloomers/knickers). I’ve had an 18″ doll’s underpants pattern on this website before, but I’d like to think this version is new and improved.
So please come back later this week to download the free patterns and watch the tutorial video. Meanwhile, if you’d like to show your appreciation for my free patterns by promoting this website, there are a few suggestions in 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.
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.
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.