Today’s tutorial video shows you how to make the very simple felt shirt that I gave you the pattern for yesterday. Just in case you missed that post, click here to download that FREE pattern once again. This felt shirt is designed to fit 28-inch dolls like Mattel’s Barbie “Best Fashion Friend” from Just Play.
Those of you who are already very talented with sewing may find this video a bit simplistic, but it’s designed with the absolute beginner in mind. It even shows the possibility of using safety pins to seal the back of the shirt rather than snaps.
So if you’re just learning to sew, this project is perfect for you!
However if you’re more experienced with sewing, you may want to use this easy-to-sew pattern to make alterations and designs of your own. Adding a gathered skirt could turn this top into a cute little dress, for example. Adding sleeves would turn a summer top into a dressier shirt. There are lots of things a more advanced sewist can do with a simple bodice pattern!
But however you use my patterns and tutorials, please honor my “Creative Commons Attribution” mark by sharing this pattern and/or tutorial with others. That way you can help spread the word about all my free patterns and tutorials! Learn more 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 post or 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.