Sew a back-to-school dress for Chelsea dolls w/free patterns @ #BackToSchool #DollClothes

A five and a half inch or 13.5 cm Chelsea doll stands in front of a purple backdrop. Her face is in profile. She has a chocolate complexion with wild and wonderful black curly hair. She wears a brightly colored dress with three quarter length sleeves. The dress uses green craft felt for the bodice and green bias tape as a trim at the hem and sleeve cuffs. The sleeves and skirt of the dress are made of white cotton fabric decorated with colorful ovals and black slash marks. The watermark reminds us that free printable sewing patterns for making this dress are found at the Chelly Wood dot com website.
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A lot of families are busy getting ready for back-to-school this week, if school hasn’t already started yet. Why not inspire your kids by creating a back-to-school dress for your kids’ or grandkids’ dolls with today’s free printable PDF sewing pattern for this cute dress that fits Mattel’s Chelsea dolls?

This dress pattern has been available for Kelly dolls on my website, in the past. You may remember seeing it on this doll:

A Kelly doll models an Easter dress with a felt bodice and cotton sleeves and a cotton skirt. The sleeves and skirt are trimmed with bias tape. This gives the impression that the sleeves have cuffs. The watermark says "Chelly Wood dot com Free doll clothes patterns and tutorials."
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The sleeves look longer on Kelly than they do on Chelsea, but you could actually make a matching set of dresses for the two sisters. Imagine the dress in your school’s colors!

To make this dress, you’ll need some cotton small print fabric for the skirt and sleeves, some craft felt for the bodice, and some 1/4 inch double fold bias tape for the cuffs and the skirt’s trim. I also recommend using three or four Dritz size 1/0 snaps for the back closure.

Which dolls will these patterns fit?

Free patterns and tutorial videos for making these doll clothes:

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A little African American or African Chelsea doll leans back on her right heel, tipping the skirt of her Easter dress up. The dress she wears is made of multicolored cotton, green felt (for the bodice), and green bias tape (around the edges of the sleeves and skirt. Go to for the free printable PDF sewing patterns and tutorial videos for making this colorful dress to fit your 5 and a half inch Chelsea dolls.
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5 thoughts on “Sew a back-to-school dress for Chelsea dolls w/free patterns @ #BackToSchool #DollClothes

  1. Is there a way to print this without having to print the photos of the dolls? My printer ink is so expensive I just really can’t be printing that. Thanks!

    1. At this time, I do not have a way to do that. However, if you have access to a public library, you can print your PDF for about twenty-five cents per page in the United States, at most public libraries. Although this would be more expensive in the long run (if you were printing a lot of pages), it’s cheaper than using your printer ink for the short term.

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