It’s time for a doll-clothes-designer’s New Year’s resolution!

Here we see an image of Chelly Wood (the Liv doll that has been re-designed to look like the doll clothing designer, Chelly Wood) standing in her tiny sewing room, with her Galoob sewing machine on her right and her miniature dress form on her left. Behind her is the sewing room's window. On her sewing table (along with her tiny sewing machine) is a coffee cup and a sewing basket. The dress form sports a little party dress made of white cotton with multi-colored miniature polka dots. The watermark reminds us to go to ChellyWood.com for all the free printable PDF sewing patterns and tutorials we need for making a wardrobe of doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes.
Please visit ChellyWood.com for free printable sewing patterns for making doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes.

I’m actually pretty good at following through with my New Year’s resolutions. As my most faithful followers may recall, in 2019 and 2020 I resolved to a.) re-design my website with galleries and b.) switch all JPG patterns to PDFs for easier downloads.

I’m still working on the resolution from 2020 (which carried over into 2021 and still goes on to this day) — that’s the one where I vowed to switch all JPG patterns to PDFs — but my website’s click-through galleries are pretty much a done deal.

So what are my goals for 2022?

Well, I’m constantly being given new and used dolls to design new patterns for. In fact, my closet is full of dolls I haven’t even opened yet.

I want to pause here, though, to say that I actually prefer used dolls instead of brand new ones. I think our planet needs a lot LESS plastic, and buying and re-purposing old, used dolls is one way to cut back on the plastics in our landfills. Just think of all the awful packaging that comes with a brand new doll! Do we really need all that plastic?

Anyway, now that I’m off my soap box…

A couple of years ago I bought a tragic-looking 9-inch Strawberry Shortcake doll at a second hand store. Here’s what she looked like before I fixed her up all nicey-nice:

A 9 inch Strawberry Shortcake doll is seated and her hair looks very messy.
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She was, of course, nude, but the worst part was the tangled up mess that was her hair. If you look at this close-up photo, you’ll see that she has two hookey-loop balls tangled up in her hair. As I recall, there were more than two in there, and I had to pick each one out with tiny tools:

In this close-up image, a mass of red hair appears to be tangled up in two hook-and-eye type toys that are ball shaped.
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Anyway, I’ve fixed her hair, cleaned her up, and begun designing a few doll clothes for her. This purple felt dress doesn’t fit her great, but during 2022, I’m sure you’ll see some of the really neat outfits I’ve made to fit her.

A nine-inch Strawberry Shortcake doll stands with her weight on one leg, wearing a purple felt dress. Her styled hair looks almost as if it's blowing in the wind.
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Now there are always requests for male doll clothes patterns coming in, and my daughters bought this BTS doll for me about two or three Christmases ago. So he’s due for some doll clothes too:

A BTS doll is shown in its original packaging.
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And I’m a Harry Potter fan from way back, so somewhere along the way, I acquired this neat little Ginny Weasley doll. She looks to be very articulated, so I can’t wait to get her out of the box. She’ll likely fit in either Skipper or Stacie doll clothes, so I may just do a few re-posts of older patterns that work for her:

A doll that looks like Ginny Weasley from the Harry Potter movies is shown in its original packaging.
Please visit ChellyWood.com for free printable PDF sewing patterns and tutorial videos for making doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes.

Incidentally, I also have a Hagrid doll. I’d love to make him some clothes too, but I’ve got to limit myself to a few dolls a year to add to the online collection of patterns. And since I don’t get a lot of requests for doll clothes patterns to fit him, I may skip over him in 2022.

But if you’ve been following this blog, anxiously awaiting patterns for your Hagrid doll, please consider taking my doll clothes alterations classes from Creative Spark. I’ve tried my Broad Ken pants and camp shirt on Hagrid, and they almost fit him. So with a little bit of alteration work, you could easily use these to start a wardrobe for him.

Having mentioned Ginny Weasley, I must mention that I also have a Vogue Ginny doll which, unlike Hagrid, gets a LOT of requests for doll clothes patterns!

In her box, looking very new, we see a Ginny doll in a pink ballerina outfit.
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This Ginny doll is a Vogue doll, and I’m told nobody — and I mean NOBODY — offers patterns to fit these little vintage dolls anywhere online. So I’m excited to be the first!

Another doll that gets requests submitted year after year is the Elf on the Shelf. So this year I broke down and bought myself one, even though my family has never had an Elf on the Shelf tradition of any kind.

So next Christmas, watch for patterns that will fit him.

Elf on the Shelf sits with his hands and arms wrapped around his legs, in his original packaging.
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I’m not sure what kinds of patterns to make for Elf on the Shelf though, so if you’re a fan of Elf on the Shelf, please give me some ideas! Leave comments below. I’ll add them to my long list of requests.

Last but far from least, I’ll be designing doll clothes patterns for the little “child” Elsa doll in this set:

The child Ana and child Elsa dolls are in their original packaging along with the dolls that look like their parents from the Disney movie, Frozen.
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The person who probably owns more of my handmade doll clothes than anyone else on the planet is my niece, Emily, who loves to play with her child-Elsa doll and the whole Frozen doll set from Disney. So with her birthday coming up in April, these may be the next set of new patterns that I design.

Of course I’ve already started to design clothes for my Rainbow High doll, which I received from my best friend, who also happened to be my Secret Santa at work. If you didn’t catch that Rainbow High dress pattern that I recently posted, click here.

I’ve got more Rainbow High patterns already designed, and those outfits will be posted as soon as the videos are ready. By March, I’m sure there will be a gallery of RH doll clothes patterns available here on ChellyWood.com (and yes, I’ve received a lot of requests for these dolls so I’m excited to offer those patterns).

In this photo, a Rainbow High doll (the character Sheryl), models a handmade small plaid dress in the Christmas colors of red, green, and white, with a very slight black stripe going through the plaid as well. Her shoes are off-white with white straps. The doll's enormous eyes are framed in long black lashes. Her golden locks float gracefully all around her slight upper body. She stands with hands behind her, looking somewhat coy against a mottled turquoise background. The logo for ChellyWood.com is found in the lower right-hand corner of the photo.
Please visit ChellyWood.com for free printable PDF sewing patterns and tutorial videos for making doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes.

And then one last doll needs to be mentioned. My oldest daughter bought me a Lottie doll for Christmas this year, and I posted her first outfit on Wednesday.

Here we see the Story Time Lottie doll in her original packaging.
Please visit ChellyWood.com for free printable PDF sewing patterns and tutorial videos for making doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes.

She seems to be compatible for clothes-swapping with vintage skipper for some things and Mattel’s Stacie doll for others. But I’d really like to make some doll clothes that are specifically made to fit this adorable little doll which comes to the US from Ireland.

I’ve also got a paper checklist of all the doll clothes patterns that need to be converted to PDFs still, including a large number of doll clothes for Ken and other male dolls and action figures. So I have a lot of goals in 2022. Let’s see how many of them I can accomplish!

Best of luck to all of you, my faithful followers, in 2022. I wish you peace, good health, and plenty of free time for sewing!

5 thoughts on “It’s time for a doll-clothes-designer’s New Year’s resolution!

  1. Awesome resolutions!!! You and your family continue to be blessed in 2022. I am so grateful to make it through 2021!!!

  2. yeah!!!, BTS doll clothes, I’m so excited. Thank you for all the work you share with us.

    1. When I respond with, “It’s my pleasure,” I’m NOT kidding! I just really, truly love to design doll clothes patterns! This is my play time!

  3. I love your creations. I too have tons of Ginny’s and Skipper- collected them from resales. Have you ever repainted the faces? that was fun.

    1. I’m not good at face repaints. Pattern design, yes! Repaints… not so much.

      But when I do need a doll’s face repainted, my oldest daughter is quite good at that. She usually does them for me.

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