In this image, a quilted frame surrounds a close-up of the swimsuit image from McCalls Teen doll fashion 3429 doll clothes pattern, but the swimsuit (which normally appears in blue) has been redesigned in a salmon or coral colored-shade of pink. It's very becoming on the strawberry blond haired doll drawn there as the model.

Vintage McCall’s “Teen Fashion Doll” swimsuit pattern Part Deux #Vintage #DollClothesPatterns

As you may recall from last week’s swimsuit pattern discussion, the Southern Hemisphere of our lovely planet Earth is currently enjoying summer, so in honor of my southern-hemisphere followers and fans, I’m doing some blog posts about the swimsuit/bodysuit pattern shown as View B, on the vintage McCall’s Teen Doll Fashion pattern number 3429, which appears above. Two weeks ago, I showed you my sewing … Continue reading Vintage McCall’s “Teen Fashion Doll” swimsuit pattern Part Deux #Vintage #DollClothesPatterns

The image shows the bottom half of a modern Barbie wearing a purple swimsuit. She stands beside McCall's Teen Fashion Doll Pattern number 3429. This photo is surrounded by a purple cotton square frame dotted with tiny white polka dots. Over the photo and slightly to the left of the photo are the words "free pattern" under which is the Chelly Wood dot com logo.

Which “mystery Barbie” fits best in my vintage McCall’s “Teen Fashion Doll” swimsuit pattern? Surprise! #Vintage #DollClothesPatterns

Today’s blog post is dedicated to all my followers who live south of the equator. Summer is underway down there, so it’s time to do a blog post on swimsuits! Last week I showed you my sewing fail, with regard to the swimsuit / bodysuit pattern in McCall’s vintage “Teen Doll Fashion” patterns. Once I’d tossed my coral-colored first attempt aside, I decided to give … Continue reading Which “mystery Barbie” fits best in my vintage McCall’s “Teen Fashion Doll” swimsuit pattern? Surprise! #Vintage #DollClothesPatterns

Framed by a turquoise blue and purple quilted frame, we see the shabby envelope for McCall's teen fashion doll pattern number 3429, with a close-up of its view A (a body suit with wrap-around pants) and view B (a swimsuit) doll clothes sketches. The ChellyWood.com logo appears alongside the pattern.

Read the directions! McCall’s “Teen Fashion Doll” pattern 3429 #SewingFail #DollClothesPatterns

  Today’s blog post is dedicated to all my followers who live south of the equator. Summer is about to start down there, so it’s time to do a blog post on swimsuits! Sorry for the terrible condition of my pattern in today’s blog post. Not only is the envelope in bad physical condition, but when I purchased it, this pattern was also missing quite … Continue reading Read the directions! McCall’s “Teen Fashion Doll” pattern 3429 #SewingFail #DollClothesPatterns

A purple and turquoise blue frame surrounds the Chelly Wood dot com logo and a close-up of a drawing of a vintage Barbie or Francie doll modeling a lovely rust or wine-colored evening gown dress with gold trim.

What to do when you don’t have quite enough scrap fabric… #SewingTips #DollClothesPatterns

After my youngest daughter moved away to college, I boxed up a lot of the things she left behind in what used to be her bedroom, and I found a lovely satin pajama top that dated back to her middle school or early high school days, when she was pretty small. She has more of a woman’s figure now, so I assumed this little pajama … Continue reading What to do when you don’t have quite enough scrap fabric… #SewingTips #DollClothesPatterns

In this photograph, we see a Barbie doll dressed in a Renaissance ball gown with detached, lace-up sleeves. The gown is made of teal blueish green cotton fabric, and it is decorated with tiny flowers in a Renaissance tapestry style. Her undergarment -- a Renaissance or medieval shift dress with long sleeves, is burgundy, to match some of the burgundy colored flowers in the print of the dress. She wears a burgundy colored tiara hat with a renaissance style hat made of cotton and tulle with elastic to hold it in place. The hat is much like a tiara in the way it fits, with tulle splayed all around the head in lacy ruffles. The doll holds a medieval or Renaissance period stringed instrument (it's actually of Japanese origin). She stands in a marketplace beside a wooden crate and a straw wheeled basket. She appears to be selling pottery, balls of yarn, and logs of firewood. The ChellyWood.com logo floats above the scene in the upper left hand corner of the photo. This doll dress is worn in the Chelly Wood production of "Romeo and Juliet with Dolls" on YouTube, found at ChellyWood1.

Free Barbie Renaissance Faire doll clothes sewing patterns @ ChellyWood.com #RenaissanceFaire #DollClothesPatterns

For your free patterns and tutorial videos, please scroll down to the second set of bullets. This is the full “Rosaline” character costume from Romeo and Juliet with Dolls. So once again, the seam allowances on today’s free patterns are sometimes marked and sometimes not marked, but they are there. Yesterday I gave you just the tiara pattern and tutorial; today I’m incorporating the full … Continue reading Free Barbie Renaissance Faire doll clothes sewing patterns @ ChellyWood.com #RenaissanceFaire #DollClothesPatterns

Image of Barbie doll dressed in traditional Basque dress with Renaissance Snood

Free Basque traditional dress patterns for Barbie@ ChellyWood.com #Euskadi #DollClothesPatterns

For your free patterns and tutorial videos, please scroll down to the second set of bullets. This is yet another of my costumes from Romeo and Juliet with Dolls. Like the others, this pattern is an older one, so the seam allowances do exist on the pattern… but you have to imagine them since they’re not drawn in. Sorry about that. To make today’s long-sleeved … Continue reading Free Basque traditional dress patterns for Barbie@ ChellyWood.com #Euskadi #DollClothesPatterns

Within a blue linen frame, we see the words "free pattern" overlaid on top of a photo of a fashion doll, whose "Sunday best" dressy glove (really a mitten) is resting elegantly against her full skirt. The Chelly Wood dot com logo appears in the lower left corner.

Free pattern and tutorial video for making fashion doll gloves or mittens @ ChellyWood.com #DollClothesPatterns #VintageFashion

For your free patterns and tutorial videos, please scroll down to the second set of bullets. Today’s tutorial video comes with a free, printable PDF sewing pattern for making a nostalgic looking pair of 1950’s style fashion doll gloves, so all your vintage dolls can wear gloves with their “Sunday best” dresses! Some of you have sent me requests for elbow-length gloves as well, so … Continue reading Free pattern and tutorial video for making fashion doll gloves or mittens @ ChellyWood.com #DollClothesPatterns #VintageFashion

Inside a purple and turquoise quilted frame, we see the ChellyWood.com logo and a curvy Barbie with pink hair standing next to the vintage 5731 Simplicity Tressy doll clothes pattern. The Curvy Barbie wears a white top and burgundy short skirt / miniskirt / mini-skirt.

Can a Curvy Barbie wear Tressy doll clothes? #DollClothesPatterns #SewVintage

Yes, this blog post gives you one more fashion option for your Curvy Barbie! The outfit shown above was part of an ensemble I put together for a little girl I know. As you can see in the image below, I re-created the ruffle blouse from View 2 of this Simplicity Tressy doll clothes pattern 5731. To give you a little history, I found this … Continue reading Can a Curvy Barbie wear Tressy doll clothes? #DollClothesPatterns #SewVintage

A quilted fabric frame surrounds a photo of a vintage Barbie with dark brown hair. The doll stands beside the Tressy doll clothes Simplicity pattern 5731. The Mattel vintage Barbie wears an outfit from the cover of the Simplicity Tressy doll clothes pattern. Her handmade doll clothes include a pink jumper-style dress and a white blouse that's worn under the strappy jumper dress.

Can a vintage Barbie wear Tressy doll clothes? #DollClothesPatterns #VintageBarbie

Based on the image above, it certainly does look like a Vintage Barbie CAN wear vintage Tressy doll clothes patterns! I blogged about this outfit a bit last week, and I mentioned that this was part of an ensemble I put together for a little girl from my area whose family knows me. As you can see in the image below, I re-created the dress … Continue reading Can a vintage Barbie wear Tressy doll clothes? #DollClothesPatterns #VintageBarbie

On a turquoise blue fabric frame, we see the words "free pattern" alongside a Barbie wearing a handmade long dress and a handmade medieval cloak or cape with hood. There's also a company logo for ChellyWood.com in the corner of the image.

Sew a long dress and medieval cloak for Barbie w/free patterns @ ChellyWood.com #RenFaire #DollClothesPatterns

For your free patterns and tutorial videos, please scroll down to the second set of bullets. My medieval-style cloak with a hood has been available here, on ChellyWood.com, for a long time, but only as a JPG image, never as a PDF. Today I’m converting that pattern to a PDF format, for easy download. The tutorial video, showing how to make the cloak, is one … Continue reading Sew a long dress and medieval cloak for Barbie w/free patterns @ ChellyWood.com #RenFaire #DollClothesPatterns

Within a quilted blue and purple frame, we see the logo for ChellyWood.com and a photo of Butterick vintage doll clothes pattern 4687, which is designed to fit Mattel Barbie dolls and similar sized 11 inch fashion dolls. The dolls pictured on the cover are wearing a white wedding dress, a pioneer style gown with a pinafore, and a sporty sweats suit.

What to do when a pattern piece is missing #SewingTips #DollClothesPatterns @ ChellyWood.com

A couple of years ago, for my niece, I made a pretty elastic-waist and elastic-neckline Barbie dress, using McCall’s “Teen Doll” Barbie Clothes Sewing Pattern #3429, which was first published in the 1970’s. Here’s the link to a previous blog post on that pattern, if you’re curious, and here’s the doll dress I made, using that pattern: Unfortunately, the McCall’s “Teen Doll” Barbie Clothes Sewing … Continue reading What to do when a pattern piece is missing #SewingTips #DollClothesPatterns @ ChellyWood.com

Framed in purple, a brunette Barbie with Steffie face mold stares out of a photo at the camera past the words "who is this lovely lady?" and the logo for ChellyWood.com

Can you help identify this Barbie doll? #CollectibleToys #VintageDolls

Can you help me identify this Goodwill find? I recently discovered this lovely lady at my local Goodwill, for less than $3.00, and what a find! Her hind quarters indicated that she was a vintage Barbie doll, but her face doesn’t look that old. So I think we have a “mix-and-match” going on here. Sometimes a year will be printed on the back of the … Continue reading Can you help identify this Barbie doll? #CollectibleToys #VintageDolls