Visit #Montana’s Miracle of America #Museum for a Tour of #Fashion #Dolls Through #History

Over the summer, my family made a trip to the Flathead Lake area of Montana. While we were on vacation, we visited the Miracle of America Museum in scenic Polson, Montana. There’s a lot more to the museum than what you see here, but I focused my video on a subject that I thought doll clothing designers and seamstresses/sewists would appreciate…

The museum offers a huge glass case filled with Barbie and other 11.5-inch fashion dolls, modeling hand-made (and presumably personally designed) historical costumes. I asked the museum’s curator about the doll clothes display case, and she told me that a local woman designed and sewed all the costumes on display in the case.


Hopefully you’ll be inspired by her lovely handiwork, just as I was.

Remember that my own website offers a few historical costumes as well, and you can find all of my free printable sewing patterns by clicking through the Gallery Page.


Additional Information:


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 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.

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:

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.

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