Should I bring back doll sewing measurements? Your opinion is needed! #Sewing #TapeMeasureTuesday

Here we see a Made-to-Move Barbie being measured for sewing purposes by the Chelly Wood doll sewist. In the background, the little 6" Kit Kittredge American Girl mini doll is sitting in Chelly Wood's office chair watching the two ladies take measurements with the tape measure. Diorama scene is a 1:6 scale sewing room, complete with a desk, cabinet (filled with fabrics), dress form, ironing board, and a little window. The website where this image comes from is ChellyWood.com, a website offering free printable pdf patterns for doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and sizes.
Please visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes.

I used to do a blog post under the category “Tape Measure Tuesday,” and I’ve been thinking about bringing this feature back. After all, when it comes to sewing, measurements are important!

They help you decide whether or not your favorite doll can swap clothes (and sewing patterns) with other dolls of a similar size and shape.

Today I’d like to get a little feedback from my followers. The question is simple: Should I bring back the #TapeMeasureTuesday feature?

It takes time to measure a doll, and frankly, a lot of people who are new to sewing for dolls don’t know what to measure or how to measure their dolls.

So the #TapeMeasureTuesday blog posts provided measurements for various dolls, and that way, even inexperienced sewists could find the measurements, all ready to go, for whatever sewing projects they were working on.

I got rid of the feature because it didn’t get many views; however I still get questions related to doll measurements.

In fact, earlier this month, I received a question from someone who was sewing for a vintage Holly Hobby doll, and she wanted to know which of my doll clothes patterns would fit it. To answer her question, I went to my doll collection and measured a dozen different dolls to see which ones had the closest measurements to her Holly Hobby.

This photograph shows the Chelly Wood doll clothing designer doll measuring Skipper's arm with a tiny 1:6 scale tape measure. Skipper extends her arm while the Chelly Wood doll looks at the tape measure to determine how long Skipper's arm is from the underarm to the wrist. Skipper stands barefoot in a swimsuit beside Chelly Wood's tiny 1:6 scale sewing desk. On the desk, a Creatable World doll is seated, waiting her turn for measurements. The creatable World doll seems to be wearing a training bra and panties. Their legs are crossed so the CW doll leans back on the sewing table elegantly. Behind them is a dress form, ironing board, and a tiny window. There's also a miniature china hutch filled with fabric. This is clearly a teeny-tiny doll sewing room. All the dolls seem to be having fun as they prepare for a new wardrobe that fits both Skipper and the Creatable World doll. If you'd like to see the wardrobe of free printable sewing patterns that Chelly Wood has designed for either Skipper dolls or Creatable World dolls, please visit ChellyWood.com and click on the 10 inch doll size from the main Home page gallery.
Please visit ChellyWood.com for free printable sewing patterns for making doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes.

I kept those measurements, and I could post them here, if it will help people with similar issues. But I’m wondering how helpful it really is, since those blog posts got very few views in the past.

Click on the #TapeMeasureTuesday links I’ve provided in today’s blog post, to look through old blog posts under the #TapeMeasureTuesday feature.

Should I bring back this feature on ChellyWood.com? And if I do, will you find it helpful? Please share your thoughts and ideas!

As part of the "Gallery" or Home page of ChellyWood.com, this image, when clicked, will take you through links to a page where you can find out whether or not your doll can swap clothes with other dolls. On ChellyWood.com, we call this #TapeMeasureTuesday
Click here for help finding out which dolls are compatible for “clothes swapping” with your doll: https://wp.me/p1LmCj-GGP

26 thoughts on “Should I bring back doll sewing measurements? Your opinion is needed! #Sewing #TapeMeasureTuesday

  1. I think you should bring back the feature on measurements for your dolls. It will be very helpful.

  2. I think it might be worth a rerun or would it be practical to create a resource page with various doll measurements or links to your old Tape Measure Tuesday posts?

    1. These are great ideas. I might add a link from the home page to my Tape Measure Tuesday posts, so people can easily find the doll measurements they are looking for. Thanks for your insights, Taswegian 1957!

      1. You are welcome. I’ve done something similar with some of my doll posts grouping the links on a page so that they can be quickly accessed so I thought it might be a good solution for you as well.

  3. Ooh yes please! I really could have done with this recently when trying to find the right sized patterns for my old dolls! Great idea, please bring it back 🥰🙏🏼

  4. I would love those posts. The early McCall’s Barbie and Skipper patterns (from the ’60s and early ’70s) always had the doll measurement just like their “people” patterns. I wish they had continued to do that. With the many differences in sizes of all kinds of dolls these days, I have been spending so much time finding patterns to use as a starting point. And not just for the many sized Barbies. Baby dolls come in so many shapes and sizes that I’ve borrowed dolls to make sure the clothes fit before I use that pattern again.

  5. I certainly enjoyed the sewing measurements. Your photos in this post are just adorable!!!

  6. It’s a great idea to bring this back. First of all, it’s easy content. Second of all, even though it might not be reacted to in the moment it builds a repository of content that you can point people to when they ask questions, makes your website all that much more valuable a resource, and will have a long tail, for sure. It’ll be especially great if you put a link to it at the top of your blog so people can get to the aggregated posts as one commenter suggested.

      1. Never thought about the bottom. Didn’t know that option was available. But now that you mention it, I think people don’t always scroll all the way down to the bottom of a blog page.

  7. I think it would be a good idea to make a chart that you can add to as you get requests and just post it somewhere that is accessible to your followers.

  8. I made Barbie doll clothes for my nieces 54 years ago!! It’s nice to know if today dolls can still wear the the same patterns that I’ve saved all these years!!

  9. Yes, absolutely bring this feature back! It’s a very good resource tool. Perhaps it could be an icon (a little dress) at the top of the page?

    1. Or maybe instead of a little dress, I should use a sewing dress form mannequin — what a neat idea! I’m not sure how I would make that work for people who access the site from their phones, but I’m going to keep thinking about it. Thanks for your input!

  10. Yes. I think it would be very helpful for those of us that are still learning. Thank you so much!

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