About the Designer

The image shows the Chelly Wood doll from ChellyWood.com holding up a garment and displaying a red seam on white fabric as she sits at her 1:6 scale sewing machine to make doll clothes. Please visit ChellyWood.com for your free printable PDF sewing patterns and tutorials that show you how to make doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes.
Visit ChellyWood.com for free printable sewing patterns for making doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and sizes.

I’m Chelly Wood, and my two greatest passions are sewing for dolls and writing/books. My literary agent is the lovely and professional Liz Kracht of Kimberley Cameron and Associates.

The image shows the real Chelly Wood, holding a Strawberry Shortcake doll that she has cleaned and re-done after finding it in terrible condition at her local second hand store. She stands before her booth at a craft fair in Idaho where she advertised her website, ChellyWood.com (a free doll clothes sewing pattern website).
Please visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes.

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!)

This image, which also appears on and links to a Chicago Tribune article, shows Chelly Wood and one of her daughters, working on creating the "Romeo and Juliet With Dolls" stop motion video that's on Chelly's YouTube channel: ChellyWood1.
Visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns to fit dolls of many shapes and sizes.

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!

This image accompanies a blog post that answers the question: "What is the standard seam allowance for sewing doll clothes?" It also addresses other more basic questions like "What is a seam allowance used for?" and "Why is seam allowance important?" and "Do patterns have seam allowance?" If you'd like to know the answers to these and other doll clothes sewing questions, please visit my website, ChellyWood.com and click on "Helpful tips and FAQ's" in the menu bar for those types of sewing-doll-clothes-related frequently asked questions.
Visit ChellyWood.com for free printable sewing patterns and tutorials for making doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and sizes.

7 thoughts on “About the Designer

  1. hello i’m called brother and i would like to make my beautiful 50s dress for Barbie size can make a sewing pattern of a nice dress that fits a Barbie doll

    1. Hello Brother… I think my American Flag dress could easily be adapted as a 1950’s Barbie dress (make the whole thing in a polka dot fabric, for example), or possibly the Sunflower Harvest dress (consider it in a tiny pink gingham or even a solid color). Here are the blog posts on each of those:

      American Flag dress: https://chellywood.com/2016/11/08/barbie-is-ready-for-electionday-did-you-vote-barbie-did/

      Sunflower Harvest dress: https://chellywood.com/2018/10/17/todays-tutorial-shows-you-how-to-sew-an-autumn-dolls-dress-chellywood-com/

    1. Thank you, Sartenanda, for sharing a link to your photos of dancing dolls. Those photos are positively amazing! I love the details in the dolls’ faces and costumes. The expressions on the faces of the dolls doing the “Dip” (the last couple of photos) are wonderful!

  2. Extraordinário o seu trabalho, eu realmente amo, estou fascinada por tudo que você faz, obra de uma verdadeira Fada da costura, sinta-se abraçada.😍😘💖💃

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