In a quilted frame, we see the image of a Butterick vintage-style pattern for Barbie and Ken doll clothes which includes three outfits for vintage Ken dolls and three outfits for vintage Barbie dolls. The pattern number is 6668 Butterick. This image accompanies a discussion on ChellyWood.com about how sewing doll clothes is different from sewing clothes for human beings.

What is a pattern alteration? #SewingTips #DollClothesPatterns

The class I’m teaching on Creative Spark is called, “How to Alter Doll Clothes Patterns,” but what does “alter” even mean? Altering a pattern is exactly what it sounds like. You take a pattern and change it up — alter it — to be something different than its original designer intended. This is actually legal, especially when it comes to patterns. The Ohio State University … Continue reading What is a pattern alteration? #SewingTips #DollClothesPatterns

Framed by a purple and blue quilt, we see three cabbage patch dolls dressed in handmade doll clothes. This looks like it is a photo from the front of a commercial pattern. There's a "Goodwill" sticker on the front as well, indicating that the pattern was purchased from a second-hand store. The ChellyWood.com logo also appears on the image to the side of the pattern photo.

Turning inspiration into the real thing: doll overalls! #DollClothesPatterns #SewingProjects

Back in march, I did a blog post about these cute Cabbage Patch doll overalls, and how I was itching to design some overalls for one of my dolls. At the time, I wasn’t sure which doll to make my overall pattern for. I’d been sewing doll clothes for Elsa and Anna, because at Christmas, my niece had asked me to make some extra doll … Continue reading Turning inspiration into the real thing: doll overalls! #DollClothesPatterns #SewingProjects

On a turquoise blue linen background, we see an angled photo of the Chelly Wood doll (really a Spin Master Liv doll that has been re-designed by Chelly's daughters to look like her), and she's seated at her laptop computer with the "Share Your Creations" page uploaded to her computer. The words over the top of this photo say "Share the doll clothes you've made!" There's a pink arrow pointing from the words to the laptop.

Have you ever noticed my “Share Your Creations” page? #SocialMedia #DollClothesPatterns

Have you ever noticed that ChellyWood.com has a “Share Your Creations” page? If you’re on a desktop or laptop computer, just go up to the website’s main menu (on a mobile device, look for the hamburger menu in the corner). Where it says “About the Designer,” there’s a drop-down menu. Click on that drop-down menu, and at the bottom of the list, it says, “Share … Continue reading Have you ever noticed my “Share Your Creations” page? #SocialMedia #DollClothesPatterns

On a turquoise blue linen background, we read the words "a project for my students" and beneath these words, an arrow points from a Skipper doll wearing a bikini to a vintage Velvet (15 inch doll) wearing a bikini.

Here’s a project for my Creative Spark students… @ctpublishing

If you’re currently enrolled or have been enrolled in my class, “How to Alter Doll Clothes Patterns” on the Creative Spark online learning platform, I have a quick project for you. Have you tried my re-sizing formula yet? And if so, what were the results? Please contact me through the instructor’s email link in your class, or use my contact form here on ChellyWood.com to … Continue reading Here’s a project for my Creative Spark students… @ctpublishing

In this image, we see a smattering of tools that will be needed to take the Creative Spark course on doll clothes pattern alterations with Chelly Wood. The items include the following: a doll, a ruler with metric and imperial measurements, a pencil with an eraser, graph paper, patterns that don't quite fit your doll, fabric, craft felt, ribbons, elastic, and post-it notes or scratch paper.

“How to Alter Doll Clothes Patterns” Class Update @ctpublishing #DollClothesPatterns #DollCollector

I’m a school librarian in my “day job,” so over spring break, I brainstormed with my editor at C&T Publishing’s Creative Spark online learning platform. I wondered why so many people were curious about my class, but so few people actually signed up for it. My editor and I decided that the general audience didn’t understand a key element of my class: how to re-size … Continue reading “How to Alter Doll Clothes Patterns” Class Update @ctpublishing #DollClothesPatterns #DollCollector

In this photo, the Chelly Wood doll (actually a Spin Master Liv doll that has had its face re-painted and its wig dyed grey to look like the doll clothing designer, YouTuber, and writer Chelly Wood) stands in her sewing room with her arms spread out wide in a welcoming stance. On the doll's right (your left) we see her hutch filled with tiny folded fabrics. There's a window directly behind her. At her side is her sewing desk with tiny fabrics, a miniature sewing machine, and other sewing supplies on top. To her left (your right) behind the doll, there's a sea blue mannequin displaying an in-progress sun dress with a tape measure around the mannequin's neck. Hanging from a sea blue hanger on the wall is the white party dress with tiny polka dots that often appears in Chelly's videos on the mannequin. The floor is hard wood. The wall is purple. Chelly's desk chair has been upholstered in sea blue fabric. In the corner of the image is the logo for ChellyWood.com

Help me choose the topic of my next Creative Spark class! #DollClothesPatterns #SmallTalk

Please scroll down to the images below to see examples… In January, I finished my first Creative Spark class, and I’ve learned a lot about online classes along the way. The folks at Creative Spark would like me to teach another class, but what would YOU like me to teach next? Please use this form to cast your vote: These images represent examples, showing what’s … Continue reading Help me choose the topic of my next Creative Spark class! #DollClothesPatterns #SmallTalk

On a square purple cotton background, we see the words "How to alter doll clothes patterns is live" and a bright pink arrow points at a scene from Chelly Wood's class on how to alter doll clothes patterns.

Update on my Creative Spark class… #DollClothes #SewingClass

  Yes, my Creative Spark class, “How to Alter Doll Clothes Patterns” is now live on the Creative Spark platform. You can sign up any time you want! Here are a few FAQ’s people have asked me about my paid course(s): Will you be teaching any more classes for Creative Spark? Yes! To see all of the courses I’m offering, click here on my Instructor’s … Continue reading Update on my Creative Spark class… #DollClothes #SewingClass

On a square purple cotton background, we see the words "How to alter doll clothes patterns is live" and a bright pink arrow points at a scene from Chelly Wood's class on how to alter doll clothes patterns.

YAY! You can sign up for my class on Creative Spark! #DollClothes #DesignClass

  As you can see by the “official announcement” video above, my Creative Spark class, “How to Alter Doll Clothes Patterns” is now live on the Creative Spark platform. You can sign up any time you want! And don’t panic if it seems like too much to add to your plate right now — sometimes our lives get really busy. I totally understand. But for … Continue reading YAY! You can sign up for my class on Creative Spark! #DollClothes #DesignClass

The image shows a turquoise blue fabric square with the words "class announcement" superimposed on top of the fabric square. Inside the square is a photo of someone drafting a doll clothes pattern.

Wondering about my class? I have an update!

Behind the scenes, I’m creating a series of classes that will teach you how to design your own doll clothes. The first of my classes, “How to Alter Doll Clothes Patterns,” is currently available through C&T Publishing’s Creative Spark platform. Click on the link provided to learn more about my own classes and the other wonderful courses you can take on the Creative Spark platform. This first class will teach … Continue reading Wondering about my class? I have an update!