As I type this blog post, it is 1 January 2021. Yes, I type up my blog posts at least one week before they go public on this website. So you might be wondering what the image at the top of this page is all about…
It’s a celebration of all I’ve accomplished in 2020, and this blog post is also a public declaration of my goals for 2021.
In 2019, I re-designed this website to make it easier to click through the gallery home page into sub-galleries. With these changes, visitors who stumbled across my website were able to find the free printable sewing patterns they really wanted with less “image load time.”
In 2020, I began the monumental task of converting all of my older patterns — which are only offered as JPG images — into easy-to-download free printable PDF sewing patterns.
The yellow stars scattered throughout the gallery screenshot at the top of this page indicate which Barbie patterns are currently offered as PDFs on my website.
Of the 46 Barbie-sized outfits pictured on this page, I managed to convert only 16 of them to PDF formats in 2020.
And this is just ONE PAGE of the 14 pages of gallery screenshots I’ve put together as part of my goal for 2021. The 14 pages include many 10 inch doll clothes galleries (like Skipper, Monster High, Curvy Barbie, Francie, and Disney Princess fashion dolls, for a few examples).
I’ve printed out these screenshots of the galleries and placed stars on all the doll clothes that have already been converted to PDFs. My printed screenshot pages are in black and white, but it’s still a pretty good record of what still needs to be converted.
I really wanted to convert all of the patterns here to PDFs in 2020, but such a goal just isn’t feasible, since I work a full-time job as a school librarian. Besides, I really only run this website as a labor of love on the weekends and holidays.
So I’m going to set a reasonable goal for 2021… I’ll convert at least one pattern to PDF format per week. Some weeks I’ll convert two patterns to PDFs. And I’ll mix it up — working with Francie one week and Petite Barbie another week, etc. — so you, my blog followers, aren’t seeing duplicates of the same patterns over and over again in my Monday through Friday blog posts.
As I’ve worked to convert my patterns throughout 2020, I’ve run across quite a few glitches too.
So I’ve added a few hand-written notes to my gallery screenshot pages. That way, when I get a chance, I can correct any errors I find or have found.
Here’s what you can do to help: if you’ve ever found a pattern that doesn’t load, needs an updated tutorial, has an error, leads to the wrong page, etc. please leave a comment!
Thank you to all of the people who have helped me locate these errors among the hundreds of free printable sewing patterns on this website. Keep up the good work!
And may your 2021 be filled with many wonderful sewing adventures!