The pattern you see my Chelly doll holding up in the image above is a Simplicity 4883 vintage Ideal Tammy doll clothes pattern. But did you notice that it also has a shoebox closet on the front of the pattern?
It even gives instructions for making the shoe box closet for your fashion dolls, and it tells you what kinds of notions to buy for your shoebox DIY project:
But of course there are plenty of tutorials on YouTube that show you how to make similar shoe box closets. One I recommend is entitled, “DIY How to make Miniature Wardrobe /Closet with shoe box. Guarda ropa para barbie con caja de zapato,” and it’s made by the YouTube channel DIY Dolls.
That DIY video shows you how to make a closet with tiny drawers, tulle curtains, and a scalloped overhang.
It’s super cute and would be a fun project for you to do with your kids/grandkids for Valentine’s Day!
In her video, the lady at DIY Dolls appears to be using scrapbooking paper instead of contact paper, which looks very feminine and modern.
If you’re new to my website, you may not be aware that in addition to doll clothes patterns, my website has a whole section for craft tutorials. To navigate to the craft section, just click on “Other” from the home page.
One of the craft projects I’ve made that would go nicely with a shoe box closet is a pipe cleaner hanger. Here’s that tutorial, in case you’re interested in learning how to make them:
If you’d like to purchase the Simplicity 4883 doll clothes and closet pattern, it can be hard to find in its original uncut form because it was published in the 1960’s and the original, uncut pattern can be hard to come by — not impossible though. (I own 3 of them!)
Most of the commercial patterns I display and talk about here on ChellyWood.com are also available for sale on eBay. However, if you’ve never purchased a pattern on eBay before, it’s a good idea to read the article I wrote called, “Tips for Buying Used Doll Clothes Patterns on eBay.” It will save you time, money, and will likely prevent buyer’s remorse.
And by the way, if you use the links I’ve provided to make your eBay purchase, this website will receive a small commission, which helps fund the ChellyWood.com website, so I can continue to provide you with all the free patterns and tutorial videos offered here.
Of course, I’ve created my own Tammy doll wardrobe as well, so you might have a look at those patterns, which are available here for free, if you like to sew for your Ideal Tammy dolls:
In case you haven’t heard, my Creative Spark class, “How to Alter Doll Clothes Patterns” is now live on the Creative Spark platform. You can sign up any time you want!
And don’t panic if it seems like too much to take on right now — sometimes our lives get really busy. I get that. But for any class on Creative Spark, you actually have an indefinite amount of time to complete the course, according to the Creative Spark website.
To read more about my free sewing patterns and tutorials, please visit the “Helpful Tips” page.
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Chelly Wood and the ChellyWood.com website are not affiliated with the pattern company or companies mentioned in this blog post, but Chelly finds inspiration in the doll clothes designed by these pattern companies. To purchase patterns from Simplicity, McCall’s, Butterick, Vogue, or other pattern companies shown and discussed in this blog post, please click on the links provided here. These links below the “Disclaimer” section do not help raise money for this free pattern website; they are only offered to give credit to the company that made these patterns.