Capri pants for 9-inch / 23 cm #dolls : this week’s #sewingproject

Soul, one of the 9-inch World of Love dolls from Hasbro, stands alone in a room with a single office chair and window. She wears capri pants made of a cotton fabric that's decorated with tiny pink flowers and lavender-colored vines. She wears a matching lavender shirt with two tiny buttons at the top. The shirt has long sleeves and a conservative rounded neckline but no collar. She wears tiny white plastic flats. If you would like to make an outfit like this for your 9-inch (23 cm) dolls, you can find the free, printable PDF patterns at ChellyWood.com along with tutorial videos showing how to make both the shirt and the capri pants. The website is marked with the creative commons attribution mark, so by downloading these patterns, you agree to share them on social media and tell where they came from.
Please visit ChellyWood.com for free, printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes.

This week on ChellyWood.com, we’re going to sew a pair of capris for 9-inch (23 cm) dolls like my Soul doll, from the World of Love doll collection from Hasbro.

Soul was my very favorite doll when I was a kid, but I didn’t own her. My cousin, Virginia, did–and I was terribly jealous! Every time we got together to play dolls, I would ask, “Can I be ‘Soul‘ today?”

Soul, one of the 9-inch World of Love dolls from Hasbro, stands alone in a room with a single office chair and window. She wears capri pants made of a cotton fabric that's decorated with tiny leaves in pink, purple, and turquoise blue-green. She wears a matching lavender shirt with two tiny buttons at the top. The shirt has long sleeves and a conservative rounded neckline but no collar. She wears tiny white plastic flats. If you would like to make an outfit like this for your 9-inch (23 cm) dolls, you can find the free, printable PDF patterns at ChellyWood.com along with tutorial videos showing how to make both the shirt and the capri pants. The website is marked with the creative commons attribution mark, so by downloading these patterns, you agree to share them on social media and tell where they came from.
Please visit ChellyWood.com for free, printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes.

Although she’s not fully articulated, there were a few unique features about this doll that made her absolutely perfect: first, she had a twist-and-turn waist. Back in the 1970’s this was kind of unusual.

Secondly, she had a real Afro! I loved her natural hair, which curled into tight, kinky curls like real African American hair. Again, this was extremely unusual for dolls of that era.

Finally, I loved the features of her face. Her expression wasn’t too smiley or fake; instead, it was an everyday expression but absolutely stunning! She had long eyelashes, pretty lips, and delicate features.

Unfortunately, my doll’s face has been repainted, so the eyes aren’t as pretty as they once were and the lips have lost their color and could use a little re-paint too.

Here we see Soul, from the Hasbro World of Love collection, posing in the same room, but the lighting is a little different. The light casts shadows on her face, so you can clearly see that she has long eyelashes and curls in her hair. Her waist has been adjusted as well, so she seems to bend to her right rather than her left, whereas in the top photo, she bends to the left. Once again, the doll models the handmade clothes with elegance. Visit ChellyWood.com for the free PDF patterns to make these doll clothes, along with tutorial videos that show how to sew these clothes in step-by-step photos and video clips.
Please visit ChellyWood.com for free, printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes.

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