Scroll down to the second set of bullets for the free PDF sewing patterns and tutorial videos.
You may be wondering about the poster in the photos I have posted today.
My daughters and I were at a writer’s conference in Portland, Oregon, a couple of years ago. A representative of the University of Arizona had a vendor’s booth there, and they were selling these old posters from the 1970’s.
My youngest daughter wanted me to buy her a couple of them for her room because they had such a “cool retro vibe going on.” When I found out they were only $5.00 a piece, I said, “Heck, let’s buy one of each!”
So I took a bunch of doll pictures that looked like the dolls were in a museum or waiting in the lobby of the Ruth Stephen Poetry Center. I really liked how these neat photos turned out!
And of course, the doll clothes were fun to make too. Today’s patterns have been available here, on ChellyWood.com, for several years now, but today’s blog post is the first one that connects the BFC Ink dolls with these patterns.
And please note that today’s shirt tutorial shows how to make the shirt reversible, so you may wish to choose a second color (or even a print) of cotton fabric for the lining of your shirt.
To make the pretty turquoise crop top and ruffled skirt combo, you’ll need a swatch (or two) of cotton fabric, some 1/4 inch elastic for the skirt’s waistband, and some Velcro or snaps for the back of the shirt.
I made the socks that are pictured there too, and if you’d like to learn how, just click here.
Today’s free printable PDF skirt and shirt patterns will fit the following dolls:
- 14-inch Hearts for Hearts Girls*
- 14 and a half-inch Wellie Wishers* from American Girl doll company*
- 18-inch BFC Ink dolls*
And here are the patterns and tutorial videos you’re looking for:
- Free printable PDF sewing patterns for the skirt
- Link to video tutorial showing how to make the skirt
- Free printable PDF sewing patterns for the crop top
- Link to the video tutorial showing how to make the crop top
- How to do a whipstitch
- How to sew snaps on fabric
- How to do a backstitch
- How to gather fabric
- How to do a baste stitch
- How to pull elastic through a casing
Remember that you can show your appreciation for my free sewing patterns and tutorials by sharing them on Pinterest, Twitter, and other social media platforms. As it says at the end of the video, it actually helps me out a lot if you share them!
Here are some images of the skirt patterns for easy-pinning on Pinterest:
If you’ve ever had a shirt turn out to be too tight for your doll after you’ve sewn it, then my Creative Spark class, “How to Alter Doll Clothes Patterns” on the Creative Spark platform could help you.
Once you sign up for one of my courses on Creative Spark, the class’s videos will remain open for you to view over and over again. There’s no specific time limit to your course. You can just take your time and learn at the pace that suits you.
So if you have a birthday coming up, or maybe for Christmas this year (for those of you who celebrate it), consider asking your family to give you a learning experience instead of physical objects as gifts…
To honor the trademark rights of the doll companies mentioned in this blog post, I am including links to their websites here. Please feel free to visit their website and consider purchasing one or more of the dolls mentioned.
The Disney Princess Toddler dolls are products offered by the Disney corporation, which holds the trademark for them (™). Please visit the Disney Toys website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys.
The Hearts for Hearts Girls, Dolls and Games are owned by the Playmates Company International, which holds the registered trademark for these toys. It should be noted, that for each H4H doll purchased, the Hearts for Hearts company donates a portion of their proceeds to World Vision, a global humanitarian organization.
The Wellie Wishers and the 18 inch American Girl dolls mentioned in this blog post are products offered by Mattel, which holds the registered trademark for them (™). Please visit the Mattel Toys website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys.
MGA Entertainment is the company that produced the BFC Ink dolls, and it still holds the trademark rights to them (™). The BFC Ink dolls (aka Best Friends Club dolls) were in production, starting in 2009, but at the time of this blog post, they are no longer available in stores. You may be able to find a used one on eBay, though, if you’re thinking about collecting them (see link in the first set of bullets). These dolls can swap clothes with Crissy dolls, but their bodies are much more articulated. They have very lovely faces.