I just added this Crissy doll pattern to my private collection! #HappyToday about #DollClothesPatterns

Here the Chelly Wood doll (actually a Spin Master Liv doll) holds up the package for a Simplicity 9138 doll clothes pattern, which includes patterns for 6 different outfits that were fashionable in the 1970's. The logo for ChellyWood.com is visible in the left corner of the image.
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 been an Ideal Crissy doll fan since my childhood, when these hair-growing dolls first became popular, so it may seem hard to believe that I’ve never owned a Crissy doll clothes pattern.

Until now!

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.

The image shows a close-up of Simplicity doll clothes pattern 9138, which wlll fit (as it says on the cover of the pattern) 17 and a half inch dolls. The doll clothes pictured on the growing hair dolls and possibly other dolls pictured here include the following: view 1 is a long dress with lace ruffle, lace collar, ribbon-tie belt, and ruffled sleeves; view 2 is a short shirt dress with buttons running down the front; view 3 shows a floor length skirt with a ruffle neck and ruffle sleeve blouse and short bolero vest; view 4 shows a doll in a very short pajama with bloomers exposed beneath; view 5 shows a tunic with ruffled sleeves and lace trim over a pair of trousers; view 6 shows a short sleeved shirt with pants and a see-through poncho over the top. The dolls pictured here are representative of Ideal Crissy dolls. The date on the package (not visible in the picture) is 1970.
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.

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.

Here we see a vintage Velvet doll with her long blond hair hidden. That's because she's dressed in a nurse's scrubs for this photo: a short-sleeved V-neck grey cotton shirt and grey cotton pants with an elastic waist.

Click on the link in the caption, and it will take you to the page that has all the free printable PDF sewing patterns and tutorial videos you'll need to make this outfit. The image shows a Wellie Wisher Kendall doll wearing what looks like medical scrubs for 14 inch dolls. It's a V-neck shirt with a pair of elastic waist 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.

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.

If you’re interested in taking my paid course, you will pay a one-time fee, and there’s no specific time limit to access your course. You can just take your time and learn at the pace that suits you.

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.

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