Over 200 #free #dollclothes #patterns to organize… “A Change Is Gonna Come!”

This screenshot shows over 100 images of dolls modeling the handmade clothes designed by doll clothes designer Chelly Wood. The image includes pictures of doll shoes, historical costumes, modern-day casual clothes, elegant gowns, and more... The dolls wearing these handmade doll clothes range from the 18-inch American Girl dolls to the tiny Kelly Barbie dolls and every doll in-between. The blog post that accompanies this image offers an update on how Chelly Wood is making progress with her blog-reorganization program.
Please visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes.

The image at the top of this blog post was created by taking a series of screenshots from my “Home” page gallery. ChellyWood.com now has too many images to fit in the gallery, which is why my blog has been under re-construction since November of 2018.

It’s about to change in a BIG way, too, so I wanted to give my regular blog followers a “heads-up” and warn you that “A Change Is Gonna Come!”

You may be wondering why? How? Let me take you for a brief ride on the Chelly Wood “Way Back Machine”…

Back in 2014, I had started to design and sew a bunch of doll clothes for the stop-motion video of Romeo and Juliet that I was filming with the help of my two daughters who were 12 and 14 at that time.

This image, which also appears on and links to a Chicago Tribune article, shows Chelly Wood and one of her daughters, working on creating the "Romeo and Juliet With Dolls" stop motion video that's on Chelly's YouTube channel: ChellyWood1.
Visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns to fit dolls of many shapes and sizes.

In the early days of this blog, I simply drew out all my doll clothes patterns by hand. I was just havin’ fun with my daughters and sharing our fun with the world. These early patterns still exist on this website, but they’re very simplistic as you can see here:

Barbie Dress Pattern Easy to Sew
Barbie Dress Pattern Easy to Sew

There were no difficulty scales, no seam allowances, no CC marks, and very little in the way of printing and cutting instructions.

Then the requests started coming in, and I really, truly enjoyed designing patterns for my growing number of followers. On ChellyWood.com, my free doll clothes sewing patterns have been downloaded 290,000 times — that’s over a quarter of a million downloads! Whew!

You guys have been benefiting from my free patterns, and I’m super proud of that!

I created new patterns nearly every week, so with an average of one new pattern per week, that made a total of 208 free printable sewing patterns for a variety of different dolls’ clothes by the end of 2017. (It’s closer to 300 patterns now.)

My videos improved with time and practice, as well, and my daughters–now in high school and college–designed a doll who looked just like me, to add personality to my videos:


Then, in late 2017, I started getting comments from followers who couldn’t find the patterns they wanted. The gallery page had so many patterns, it actually overloaded! It was “dropping” patterns into cyberspace as I imported new ones! Oh no!

How did I react to that realization? Scroll down and you’ll see…

The image shows a Made-to-Move Barbie kneeling beside her bed with her hands folded in prayer. Her bed is decorated with a soft lavender handmade quilt, a quilted pillow of pink and purple, and a fluffy bear.
Visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes.

That’s right! I was praying HARD that the whole system wouldn’t crash and burn! WordPress, it seems (my web host) only allows 100 images per gallery, but my gallery had twice that many! No wonder some of my patterns completely disappeared!

To prevent further kerfuffles, the format of the gallery pages would have to change to multiple galleries that would use extensions. I’m planning to make this change in one week to ten days, but as with any big tech change, I’m expecting to find glitches.

As I make the transition to the new website design, if you find that some of the links aren’t working, please submit a question or leave a comment to let me know the specifics. Please describe or take a screenshot of the outfit you want to sew, and I’ll do my best to correct the problem as quickly as I can.

If you take a screenshot, you’ll need to submit a question first; then, when I respond to your initial email, you’ll be able to send me the screenshot. This really helps me figure out what page to go back and fix.

The image shows the Chelly Wood doll (designed to look like the real Chelly Wood, a doll clothing designer) seated at her computer in an office setting. The screen shows the URL of Chelly's website: ChellyWood.com. Beside the computer, on Chelly's des, there is a stack of old-fashioned library books because in Chelly's day job, she works as a school librarian. On the wall behind Chelly's computer, we see a painting of Notre Dame cathedral because Chelly also speaks French.
Visit ChellyWood.com for free, printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes.

Leaving a comment on the page that has a non-functional link works pretty well too.

But today I’m giving you advanced warning… you still have time to download a bunch of patterns to sew while we transition to the new layout! My advice is to load up! Grab your patterns now before things get CRAZY around here!

Once I make that leap of faith–once the website format changes–with your help, my faithful followers, I’ll do my best to turn ChellyWood.com into an amazing library of free, printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes, that the whole world can access with ease.

Thanks, in advance, for your patience and assistance as I make this momentous transition!

14 thoughts on “Over 200 #free #dollclothes #patterns to organize… “A Change Is Gonna Come!”

  1. I’ve actually spent the time reading the whole blog from the start and making my own little offline cheater index just in case I need to find something. I wish you all the luck you’ll need in making the change-over.

      1. Well, I’ve been cleaning out the back room and am in the process of salvaging a fabric stash (everything needs multiple washes) that most likely outweighs me a couple times over. So I’m in desperate need of some stash busting and a summer sew-athon for my dolls (mixed in with some long-overdue OOAKing) feels like the right way to do that. Which prompted list-making. Oh, and I also snagged a second-hand American Girl mini that should arrive in the mail soon. 🙂

      2. Supposed to arrive in the mail today. I got one cheap that had had it’s hair cut, so am seriously considering OOAKing into a boy, just for the variety. If I do like em, which is likely, then I’ll probably start trying to gather several others in more collectible condition. Probably the first thing I’ll be doing is seeing who else among the tinies she can swap clothes with. I’m expecting Rose Petal Place clothes to be too skinny as they cross-fit Chelsea, and odds are the dresses from my mini Cabbage Patch Kids will be a bit too broad. So thank goodness for you and your patterns, cause that doll is also arriving stark nekkid. XD

  2. Congratulations and good luck on your new website formation–I am looking forward to seeing the new design.

  3. Chelly,
    I think you have done beyond anything and anyone for doing all that you have done and still doing. sure there are free patterns out there, BUT not like yours, and so many for different sizes.
    You really care about people! You are a wonderful, caring person.
    I thank you for everything you have done. I wish you nothing , but success and happiness. I am looking forward to the changes.
    Thank you for sharing all these wonderful patterns and videos.
    God Bless you.

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