I’m feeling inspired to design some dolly overalls… #DollClothesPatterns #SewingProjects

In the photo, the Chelly Wood doll (a Spin Master Liv doll that has been re-designed to look like the real doll clothing designer, Chelly Wood) holds up the butterick 6508 Cabbage Patch Kids doll clothes sewing pattern. Three outfits are pictured on the front. One doll wears a long sleeved shirt with regular trousers. Another doll wears a long sleeved shirt with overalls. A third doll wears a long sleeved shirt with an overalls skirt.
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.

How cute are those little overalls?

I’ve been feeling inspired to design a sewing pattern for making a pair of doll-sized overalls, but I’m not sure which doll(s) I want to make them for.

Lately I’ve been sewing a lot of teeny-tiny stuff for my niece’s 6 inch Elsa and 5 inch Anna dolls. That’s one option, but they seem awfully tiny for the project. It’s not impossible to make overalls for them, I’m just starting to get kind of tired of working with them.

It might be fun to make overalls for a little bit bigger doll.

The construction of overalls can happen in a couple of different ways.

By looking at this old Butterick 6508 Cabbage Patch Doll clothes pattern, I can see that they’ve used elastic with a casing at the back with crisscrossed straps that flip around to the front. But I’m not sure I want to use that method.

We're seeing the back of Cabbage Patch doll clothes pattern 6508 from Butterick. Here we can see the items you can sew in sketch form, including an overalls skirt, a pair of overall pants, a pair of elastic waist pants with pockets, and two different styles of long sleeved shirts. There are additional instructions for notions and types of recommended fabrics on the back of this Butterick 6508 doll clothes sewing pattern.
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.

Instead, I might want to create an X-shaped back for my overalls — you know, design the back as one piece that turns into straps at the shoulder blades.

And I’m wondering whether I want to use a baby doll — perhaps Baby Alive? — or maybe a fashion doll like Barbie.

These chunky little Cabbage Patch dolls look awfully cute in overalls, so Baby Alive would probably look pretty adorable in overalls too.

Framed by a purple and blue quilt, we see three cabbage patch dolls dressed in handmade doll clothes. This looks like it is a photo from the front of a commercial pattern. There's a "Goodwill" sticker on the front as well, indicating that the pattern was purchased from a second-hand store. The ChellyWood.com logo also appears on the image to the side of the pattern 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.

I’ve also thought about designing them to fit vintage Velvet or Crissy dolls, when I think about how popular overalls were back in the 1970’s, when those dolls were super popular.

I’ll be consulting my Butterick 6508 Cabbage Patch Doll clothes patterns for ideas, but feel free to offer your own ideas in the comments section below, as well.

Which doll should I design overalls for? Should I do overall shorts? Overall pants? An overalls skirt? And should I do regular straps or a crisscross back section?

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.

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 don’t have to sign up any time soon. Just sign up when you’re ready.

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4 thoughts on “I’m feeling inspired to design some dolly overalls… #DollClothesPatterns #SewingProjects

  1. Hi Chelly, I have so much enjoyed your doll clothes patterns for many years. I have a 1962 Barbie and would like to make overalls for her. Thank you, Susan Baldyga-Grubb

  2. I would like to see a pattern for regular overalls, no elastic, for the Ruby Red Fashion Friends 14.5″ dolls, so popular now as well as for their smaller version, Siblies. Should that not be possible, a pattern for overalls and a shirt for the tiny Rose BBFlockling Cricket dolls would be great. 🙂

  3. I would love a pattern for overall pants for the American girl doll. I went to creative spark and I couldn’t see how to create an account. It didn’t recognize me at sign in.

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