I’ve been sewing since the age of three, and I designed my first doll clothes item–a Barbie sun bonnet–at age eleven. By age sixteen, I was running a small business, designing my own doll clothes, altering commercial patterns to suit special orders, and selling my doll clothes to local families in my hometown area. Selling hand-sewn doll clothes helped me pay for college as well.
When I went to work as a schoolteacher, I continued to design doll clothes, sometimes selling them at local craft fairs and other times just giving them away. Today I work as a school librarian, and the ads on ChellyWood.com bring in a bit of pocket money to help provide funds for fabric, notions, and new (or more frequently, used) dolls.
So if you enjoy my free doll clothes patterns and tutorials, please show your support by sharing the patterns and photos provided on this website through social media. It actually helps a lot!
More visitors to this website means more pocket money, to keep doing what I do!
This blog was started in 2014, as a means for me to share with the world my passion in doll clothes designs. At that time, it was really just a “personal journey” blog. My following kept building though, and in 2015, the Lammily doll company approached me and asked me to design some commercial patterns for their doll company. What a surprise!
More surprises have popped up over time. Regarding my patterns and doll-related projects, I’ve been interviewed by The Chicago Tribune as well as Newsweek. Also Felt Magnet featured one of my patterns, giving it top billing. (That was very flattering!)
If your company or website would like to connect with me or use my images in a blog post or news story, feel free to contact me, and I would be happy to send you high resolution images of whichever free patterns or doll photo shoots tickle your fancy.
Today I’m working on writing nonfiction books to help others learn to design and sew their own custom doll clothes. As a school librarian, that seemed like the next obvious step. While waiting for my books to be published, please feel free to enjoy the doll play videos I create on my YouTube Channel, including Romeo and Juliet With Dolls and Adventures in Paris.
To see why I offer my patterns and doll clothes for free, please go to my Chelly’s Books page.
If you love to read books and you’d like to hear about my books when they’re published, or if you’re also a doll seamstress like me, consider connecting with me through one of my social media venues.
I’m interested in doing collaborations with other professionals who share my interests, as time allows. If you would like me to join you in collaboration on YouTube or as a blogger, use my “Submit a Question” form to contact me via email. In your message, please mention your website and/or channel and explain the nature of your collaboration idea.
Thanks for stopping by to learn more about me!