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 allows me to pay for the storage space for all the patterns on this website, plus it helps me pay for my video software for tutorials, so I can 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.
To see why I offer my patterns and doll clothes for free, please go to my Funding and Charity Work page.
In my “day job,” I’m a school librarian, and I love to work with kids, especially when I help them find the book they really want to read! Ooh! That’s the best!
But I wouldn’t call designing and sewing my doll clothes a “side hobby.” It’s much more than that. In 2022, I applied for LLC status for ChellyWood.com, so I guess it’s more of a small business.
And I do love this kind of work. I LOVE IT! I just hope I can keep up the pace on this website after I retire from my work as a librarian (which really isn’t that far away).
To help me keep the funds rolling in, please consider signing up for my classes on Creative Spark, tell a friend or family member about this website, or just purchase something through one of the links on ChellyWood.com (this site gets a little pocket money each time you do).
If you would like to work with me collaboratively or interview me for a sewing podcast (or other media), you can find out more about how to contact me and my literary agent on the About the Designer page.
Thanks for stopping by to learn more about me!