5 Ways to Make Doll Clothes Collars that WORK (Tip #4) @ ChellyWood.com #SewingTips #DollClothesPatterns

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Collar Tip #4: Use Felt

Making a doll’s dress, shirt, coat, or jacket out of felt does double duty to make a doll’s collar easier to sew. First, you can avoid hemming everything, including the sleeves and the outer edges of the garment itself.

Second, you won’t have as much trouble getting that collar to lay like you want it to.

However, you may have to make some alterations to the collar pattern, because the seam allowances will be a little off, if the original pattern calls for a normal collar.

I used an adorable felt collar on this Crissy doll “sailor” dress:

This photograph shows a Crissy doll wearing a handmade shift dress and blue plastic shoes in front of a turquoise mottled background screen. The watermark reminds us to visit ChellyWood.com for the free pattern to make this "sailor-style" shift dress with a round collar trimmed in ribbon. Click on the link in the caption to find the free printable PDF sewing pattern for this short shift dress.

You have to be careful using felt with smaller dolls, though, because it can look rather clown-like. You can see that “clown effect” in this old Skipper pattern:

The photo shows the Chelly Wood doll (a Spin Master Liv doll that has been altered to look like the real doll clothing designer, Chelly Wood) holding up Simplicity Skipper doll clothes pattern number 7600. This pattern shows a Skipper sized doll from the 1980's wearing a swimsuit, a cheerleader costume, a shirt with ruffle collar matching a skirt with ruffle, a criss-cross tank top with capris, a formal gown, a Flashdance style tee with a circle skirt and short leggings or bike shorts, and a hoodie with capri pants. The logo on this photo reminds us that this image comes from Chelly Wood dot com.
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Okay, it’s got to be said… The 1980’s were a time of fashion experiments gone wrong! View 3 in my Simplicity 7600 Skipper pattern set says it all. If that top doesn’t look corny, I don’t know what does!

So whether you’re adding lace or using felt (or just making the wild and wavy collar that the pattern originally comes with), it’s a good idea to avoid any collars that may end up looking too clownish.

When I first designed my “sailor top/sailor dress” for Crissy, I tried using a red collar. The idea seemed sound, but when I tried it on her with the bodice, I could see the “clown effect” taking shape. So I scrapped that collar and stuck with the white-on-white look.

In this photo, we see a felt collar that forms a circle with two shoulder seams. Around the edges of the collar is a white velvet ribbon. The ribbon is forming a bit of a wavy motion around the edges of the felt collar, making it seem like the collars worn by clowns or even Elizabethan actors on a stage.
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.

Next week we’ll be wrapping up this series of blog posts on tips for sewing doll clothes collars, with my final tip, and my favorite alternative to traditional human-clothing-style square, starched collars.

But while we wait for that last tip, does anyone else have collar suggestions to add to the collection? Feel free to leave them in the comments.

And I’m guessing some of you may have already guessed what Tip #5 will be, especially if you’re one of my regular followers. In that case, you’re probably already familiar with how I make the vast majority of my doll clothes collars. Can you guess what it will be?

With a purple and turquoise fabric quilt frame, we see see two doll clothes patterns for Mattel Skipper dolls inside the frame with a woman's torso over the top. The woman, who wears a yellow blouse, has her hands up and her shoulders shrugging, with a curious look on her face. There are question marks dancing around her. The ChellyWood.com logo appears to the side of these images.
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.

The image above shows my Vogue Craft 9964 Barbie and Skipper doll clothes pattern alongside my Simplicity 7600 Skipper pattern set.

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.

Another great way to help fund this website is to take my Creative Spark class, “How to Alter Doll Clothes Patterns” which is now live on the Creative Spark platform. You can sign up any time you want–there’s no rush!

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, once you’re signed up, you can take as long as you want to finish the class. You’re not under pressure or a time constraint to finish your lessons.

You can just take your time and learn at the pace that suits you.

If you enjoyed today’s sewing tip for making doll clothes collars, and you’d like to see what other helpful doll clothes sewing tips I have offered on this website, please visit the “Helpful Tips” page.

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