Velcro. It’s that fabulous hook-and-eye stuff that you can sew onto fabric, making a doll dress or shirt’s back closure easy for children to take off and put back on. But is it the best closure method for your doll clothes? In today’s blog post, I’m going to explain when I use Velcro for my doll clothes and when I use snaps. Plus, at the … Continue reading Velcro or snaps? Which one do you prefer and why…? #SewingChat #DollClothesPatterns
Today I’m going to give you a brief preview of the many projects I’m working on behind the scenes. As I’ve said in a previous blog post, I’ve started filming for my next class. That takes a lot of time and concentration, so I have to get lots of blog post materials prepped before I start to work on my Creative Spark coursework. And here’s … Continue reading Upcoming Tutorials, Videos, Projects, and Patterns
I’m actually pretty good at following through with my New Year’s resolutions. As my most faithful followers may recall, in 2019 and 2020 I resolved to a.) re-design my website with galleries and b.) switch all JPG patterns to PDFs for easier downloads. I’m still working on the resolution from 2020 (which carried over into 2021 and still goes on to this day) — that’s … Continue reading It’s time for a doll-clothes-designer’s New Year’s resolution!
I’ve compiled a few questions I’ve been asked over the years, about where to buy fabric, notions, buckles, buttons, snaps, ribbon, elastic, and more. So today’s blog post will hopefully address answers to some of the more common questions I get in my inbox. This is just a list of where to buy and what to buy, but keep in mind that it’s always good … Continue reading Buyer’s Guide for Sewing Doll Clothes: #SewingTips for Making #DollClothes
It appears that WordPress (my web hosting company) has created an update that made it harder for my followers to access the links beneath my images. I’m working behind the scenes to re-create all of my galleries, but meanwhile, this video will help you navigate to any pattern links that aren’t working. Sorry for the inconvenience, but as I say in the video, “When the … Continue reading Yes, my some of my links aren’t working… Here’s a Quick Fix!
I often get “fan mail” asking, “Will you please design more doll clothes for boy dolls?” and then the email mentions the type of doll they want “male doll clothes” for. Chances are, I already have a pattern that will most likely work. That’s because boys’ clothes and girls’ clothes really aren’t that different, if you use your imagination. Take the McCall’s Craft Pattern M6233 … Continue reading Baby BOY doll clothes? Yup! #DollClothes #SewingPatterns
I’ve compiled a few questions I’ve been asked over the years, about where to buy fabric, notions, buckles, buttons, snaps, ribbon, elastic, and more. So today’s blog post will hopefully address answers to some of the more common questions I get in my inbox. This is just a list of where to buy and what to buy, but keep in mind that it’s always good … Continue reading Buyer’s Guide for Sewing Doll Clothes #SewingTips
Last Monday I shared an old vintage Barbie pattern that I thought would be ideal for sewing a poodle skirt. But I mentioned that these older patterns are designed for vintage Barbie, and those older Barbies have a narrower waist than today’s Barbies. So what pattern would be better for a modern Barbie? Well before giving you my answer to that question, I wanted to … Continue reading I made a poodle skirt with this old pattern, but I had a few problems… #SewingFail #SewingProjects
People use my Contact Form to ask me all kinds of questions about sewing doll clothes. One question I’ve seen a few times in the past couple of years is… What pattern would you recommend for sewing a Barbie-sized poodle skirt? A classic poodle skirt is usually made using a circular pattern with a waistband. Traditionally, the skirt will be embellished with a felt image … Continue reading What pattern would be best for a Barbie Poodle Skirt? — fan mail answers @ ChellyWood.com #Sewing #DollClothes
Last summer, when I discovered that this website had reached its limit of how many patterns could be loaded onto a free WordPress site, I was shocked and discouraged. I’d grown to love this website! I had built it, together with my daughters, to be a sort of “journal” of my doll craft experiences, but it grew to be so much more! Income from this … Continue reading Announcement: Chelly Wood will now begin affiliate marketing, and here’s why… #FreeThings #FreeStuff
Today’s blog post on “taking care of your handmade doll clothes” is actually a re-post of an article I wrote a little over a year ago. However, this topic is one I seem to get questions about, so maybe, while I’m on vacation, it’s a good time to revisit it… Nobody likes to see a naked doll laying around, but did you know that leaving … Continue reading Taking Care of Your Handmade Doll Clothes @ ChellyWood.com #HelpfulTips for #DollCollectors
Sorry everyone, but I’m about to take a wee little vacation. I do get fan mail every day or so, and that’s why I thought I’d give everyone a heads up about my absence. To keep you entertained while I’m away, I’m recommending that you visit an article on a website called Porch in which author Daniela Gonzalez gives you tips to help you “Create … Continue reading Out of the Office and Recommendations for Sewing Room Remodel Ideas from This Week’s #FridayFollow #Porch