#Sew a Pinafore-style #Apron for Fashion #Dolls w/free pattern@ ChellyWood.com

Please click here for a link to all the patterns and tutorials you’ll need to make this outfit: (coming soon)

Isn’t that an adorable harvest scene? This “harvest dress and pinafore” was part of a little girl’s birthday gift that I made. The pinafore is actually a re-design of the reversible hairdresser’s apron pattern that I made and posted back in 2016. (Click here for a link to that project.)

This week I’m going to focus on the pinafore, as it can be complicated if you’ve never made an apron before. However the new design is not reversible (unlike the hairdresser’s apron, which was reversible). That makes this lovely harvest pinafore just a bit easier than its reversible counterpart.

You’ll notice in the images below that the apron comes with pockets:

The image shows a harvest scene with a made-to-move Barbie doll wearing a handmade harvest-theme sunflower dress and matching yellow pinafore that has pockets. Barbie carried some sort of large green squash or melon to a wooden wheelbarrow. The wheelbarrow is overflowing with the fruits of her harvested garden. On the grass at Barbie's feet are colorful fall leaves. Behind her is what appears to be a reflective lake and a lush garden with a bridge arching over the lake. Barbie's blond curls drape over her short-sleeved harvest-themed dress. She also wears tiny plastic yellow sneakers. She stands on a grey mottled sidewalk that seems to run alongside the lake's edge in this lush garden that's just the right size for an 11.5-inch fashion doll like Barbie!
Please visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns to fit dolls of many shapes and sizes.

If you follow the directions in the sewing tutorial that I’ll be posting this week, your fashion doll’s apron pockets will be “real” pockets. You can put kitchen gadgets in them, flowers from Barbie’s garden, or Made-to-Move Barbie’s tiny little hands.

Image shows a Made-to-Move Barbie wearing handmade clothes and holding the handles of a wheelbarrow in a fall harvest themed (i.e. Thanksgiving or Halloween theme) diorama. Behnd her is a garden surrounding a still lake. In front of her are the vegetables, leaves, and flowers from her garden, filling the basket area of her wooden wheelbarrow. She looks happy to have completed her harvest. The website URL on this image is ChellyWood.com and the watermark also says "free sewing patterns and tutorials" to indicate that this website offers instructions for making the handmade outfit this Made-to-Move Barbie is wearing, along with patterns and tutorials for dolls of many shapes and sizes.
Please visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes.

Later (probably next week) I’ll post the patterns and tutorials for sewing the little sunflower dress you see under the pinafore in these images.

The image shows a Made-to-Move Barbie with blond hair and tan skin bent over and peering into a full-to-overflowing wheelbarrow full of harvested vegetables, flowers, and leaves. Behind Barbie is a pair of hay bales stacked on top of each other. MTM barbie wears a handmade dress and apron. The dress is made of sunflower-designed cotton Fabric and its wide skirt (which comes down to just below Barbie's knees) is trimmed in yellow rickrack. On the grass in the foreground, there are a smattering of orange and gold fall leaves. Behind Barbie is a garden scene with a bridge that crosses a still lake. Some of the foliage around the lake is turning yellow, to indicate that autumn is at hand. The image has a watermark: ChellyWood.com, a website where one can find numerous free printable sewing patterns to fit Barbie and many other dolls of different shapes and sizes.
Please visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns to fit dolls of many shapes and sizes.

I’m hoping this looks like a fun project for everyone. If so, I’ll see you again later this week, when I post the free patterns and tutorial videos for making this apron/pinafore.

On a side note, it has come to my attention that my older patterns and projects no longer appear on my Gallery Page. A good example is the hairdresser apron and smock project. I’ve contacted WordPress, my blog hosting company, and they have suggested that I may have over-run my limit for images in a single gallery. They’ve suggested I re-design my website to include multiple gallery pages.

So when I get a little vacation time (maybe during my holiday break in November/December), I plan to take the time to re-organize my website. Some links may be lost in the redesigning, so if there are patterns you really want to use, I suggest downloading them before this website remodel takes place.

Of course, any time you can’t locate a pattern or tutorial on my website, feel free to contact me using my Submit a Question form. I’d be happy to email you with attachments or links to the pages you’re seeking. Also, I now have a mailing address, which can be found on my “About the Author” page as well as on this recent blog post.


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 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.

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 and tutorials:

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 craft




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