I frequent second-hand stores when I feel like having a “fun day out,” and I like to look for used dolls that can be repaired and given a new wardrobe. But one of the most challenging problems with used dolls is matted up, tangled hair. I’ve had some amazing successes with dolls that had such horrendous hair problems, I honestly didn’t think I could do … Continue reading Doll Hair Repair — Is it ever a hopeless endeavor?
Remember this costume? It was worn by Father Montague in my stop-motion video of Romeo and Juliet with Dolls, on YouTube. Here’s the entire playlist for Romeo and Juliet with Dolls, just in case you haven’t seen this production, which was created by me and my two daughters, back when they lived at home: This costume was also worn by The Prince in Romeo … Continue reading Announcing a pattern error! #EpicFail #DollClothesPatterns
Have you ever wondered how I made the tiny sewing room that appears at the start of my sewing tutorials? Today I’m going to show you how I made my original sewing room, some of the problems I’ve had with it, changes I’ve made to it, and a few tips/tricks for building your own dioramas. I threw in a quick look at bloopers and … Continue reading A look at my miniature doll sewing room “behind the scenes” (with bloopers) @ ChellyWood.com #BehindTheScenes #Miniatures
For your free patterns and additional tutorial videos, please scroll down to the second set of bullets. Yesterday I posted about my new-used “lucky find” at the Goodwill: a Judy Littlechap doll. Well another recent Goodwill discovery was this vintage Skipper from the 1980’s. However, she didn’t arrive in nearly as good of condition as Judy did. In fact, even after cleaning her up and … Continue reading Sew a pretty sun dress for vintage 1980’s Skipper dolls w/free sewing patterns @ ChellyWood.com #Easter #DollClothes
I had never heard of Judy Littlechap, when I stumbled across her at my local Goodwill (a second-hand store). She was nude in a plastic bag, marked $2.99, but the date on her backside said she was from 1963. At first I was hesitant to buy her. We’ve all seen a date on the behind of a doll and went “Ooh la-la, a vintage doll” … Continue reading Meet Judy Littlechap — a rare find at Goodwill! #DollCollector #DollClothesPatterns
Meet Judy Littlechap! She’s a 13 inch doll, and I recently found her at my local Goodwill store. Back in January, someone named Christine C. asked me if I was planning to post any patterns for the new 13 inch “My First Barbie,” and I told her that I didn’t have any plans to that effect. And then I ran across Judy Littlechap, who will … Continue reading Plan a wardrobe for Judy Littlechap with me! @ ChellyWood.com #VintageToys #DollClothesPatterns
Disclaimer: the video above is not one of Chelly Wood’s videos, and Chelly is not affiliated with the Unicorn Rainbows Toys & Dolls YouTube channel. Recently the YouTubers at Unicorn Rainbows Toys and Dolls left a kind comment on one of my videos. Out of curiosity, I visited their YouTube channel and discovered all the amazing videos they are making. Go check out their YouTube … Continue reading Submit Questions to Doll Play Video YouTube Channel “Unicorn Rainbows” #FunStuff #QandA
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
As some of my regular followers already know, I’ve created three acts of Romeo and Juliet in stop motion, but the fourth and fifth acts have not yet been completed. (My shortened version didn’t do well on YouTube, so I removed it.) And many of you know that I’m both a school librarian and a writer. As such, I’m aware that schoolteachers all over the … Continue reading Which Romeo and Juliet do you like best? Please VOTE! #GraphicNovel #LiteraryClassics
Those of you who are regular ChellyWood.com or ChellyWood1 followers are already familiar with the blue apron that the Chelly Wood doll wears in the opening and closing sequence of many of my doll clothes sewing videos. In that opening and closing sequence, the Chelly Wood doll wears a blue apron with yellow ribbons to tie it in back and at the neck. Well, guess … Continue reading This week’s sewing project: make a doll’s apron w/ pockets! #amsewing #dollcrafts
Since I’ve been busy sewing for Tammy dolls lately, I wanted to see who sells quality outfits for Tammy dolls online. Lo and behold, I discovered Sherri, who (like me) sews and seems to design and/or alter a lot of her patterns for Tammy (see image above). She has the best Tammy doll board on Pinterest–the BEST! And her Francie board on Pinterest is WAY … Continue reading #FridayFollow: Who do you follow on #Etsy?
As most of my regular followers have already noticed, the face of my blog, ChellyWood.com, has changed. I’ve tried to update the blog to offer a more user-friendly approach for those of you who are using mobile devices. What motivated this change? At some point, I had uploaded well over 100 images with links to my free doll clothes patterns in the main Gallery Page, … Continue reading #DollClothes #Sewing Pattern Blog Gets a #Holiday #MakeOver @ ChellyWood.com