My birthday was in March, and for my birthday, I splurged and purchased this lovely Simplicity 9138 doll clothes pattern for 17 and a half inch dolls.
Now you may not realize it, but Crissy dolls and Velvet dolls (that’s Crissy’s cousin) can swap clothes with few problems. Their inseams are a little different, since Velvet is shorter, but their upper bodies are almost identical.
So with my upcoming Creative Spark class (the topic will be “Designing Your Own Doll Pants from Scratch”), I really want to use my Ideal Velvet doll as one of my models — in part because her figure and dimensions are a lot like other 15 inch dolls, for example the Wellie Wishers.
I think a lot of people who enjoy sewing for Wellies will enjoy watching my Creative Spark tutorial videos, as I design pants to fit Velvet. The idea, of course, is to follow along and design a pattern for a pair of pants to fit your own 15 inch doll, while I show you the steps.
Now the vintage 1970 Simplicity 9138 pattern set that I bought did come with a pants pattern, but I won’t be using that to design my own pants for Velvet. Instead, I have a special technique that I use whenever I design clothes for a new doll. And I’ll be teaching this technique to the students who take my class.
But I do think it will be nice to have this pattern handy to compare my own patterns to, once I’m done making them.
Wellie Wishers have a slightly shorter inseam than Velvet does, so as you can see in these next two images, the pants I made for my Kendall doll (a Wellie Wisher) are slightly too short for Velvet. But they make okay ankle pants.
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.
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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