Last week and the week before, we learned to make the swimsuit that my 18-inch Madame Alexander doll is wearing in the photo above. This week we’re going to make the nautical-style shorts that my Kaya doll (from American Girl) is modeling for us in these photos.
Of course, if the shorts fit AG dolls, they’ll probably fit my 18 inch Madame Alexander doll too, right? Have a look for yourself:
Isn’t this beach scene fun? Later this week, I’ll show you my tricks and tips for making the sandy island beach scene, including the “palm trees” and the glistening (imaginary) water.
But before I end today’s “preview” blog post, let me surprise you with one more doll who can fit into this week’s shorts project… Crissy dolls from the Ideal Toy Company:
Crissy is another 18-inch doll, and granted, the nautical summer shorts do fit her with a longer length and a bit more room, but hey, they do fit!
So this week I’ll give you the free patterns and tutorials for sewing these shorts, and later this month we’ll look at the shirt patterns as well.
If you came to ChellyWood.com because you were wondering about the Popsicle swimsuit pattern pictured in the very first photo on this page, I posted all the links you’ll need for that outfit in one of last week’s blog posts. Here’s a link to help you re-locate those free doll swimsuit patterns and tutorials.
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.