For those of you who regularly follow my YouTube Channel, ChellyWood1, today’s blog post is probably going to be old news: I’ve changed my branding to an updated purple-and-turquoise theme with a whole new style. The starting segment of my videos is shorter, too, with the Chelly Doll speaking more rapidly. The same is true for the closing segment of my videos. I decided the … Continue reading Chelly Wood’s YouTube channel gets a new look! #SewingBlogger #Sewing #DollClothes
A few weeks ago I uploaded my first set of three patterns for purchase, in my Teachers-Pay-Teachers store. It’s a series of 3 different pincushion patterns. Now don’t panic! I’m still making plenty of free patterns for this website and posting those here. But some of my older free patterns on ChellyWood.com are only available as a JPG image. My TPT Store offers an opportunity … Continue reading What’s a fair price for a sewing pattern? Join the discussion @ ChellyWood.com #SewingPatterns #DollCothesPatterns
The pattern you see my Chelly doll holding up in the image above was the first doll clothes pattern I can remember sewing. It’s a pattern for a vintage Tammy doll, but at the time, I didn’t own one. So I actually had to alter the pattern to fit my Barbie dolls. Thus began my long love of pattern making and alterations for doll clothes! … Continue reading What was the first doll clothes pattern you remember sewing? Join the discussion on ChellyWood.com! #SewingChat #SewFun!
I often get questions from people regarding the “Creative Commons Attribution” mark that I place on my free printable doll clothes sewing patterns. The following question was submitted to me last month, so I decided to share my answer in today’s blog post: Question: “Hi. As a copyright issue, am I right in thinking that it is only unacceptable to reproduce and sell patterns from … Continue reading When is it okay to use someone’s patterns to make and sell doll clothes? — “Fan Mail” Question Answered @ ChellyWood.com #CopyrightLaws #Sewing
This is the last installment of a four-week journey to discover what makes a pattern difficult for beginners who are just starting out with their very first sewing projects. By “beginners,” I’m referring to adults learning to sew as well as children of all ages who are learning to sew. We’ve been studying a single pattern, Simplicity doll clothes pattern #4654, which is a fun … Continue reading How to Tell When a Sewing Pattern Is NOT for Beginners (Part 4: Difficult Garments) #SewEasy #SewingFun
For the past two Mondays, we’ve been looking at Simplicity doll clothes pattern #4654, which is a super fun pattern for those of us who have been sewing for a while. However, in the image below, I’ve underlined some key terms that tell us this isn’t the ideal pattern for the absolute beginner. Today I’m going to talk about why certain sewing notions (those … Continue reading How to Tell When a Sewing Pattern Is NOT for Beginners (Part 3: Know Your Notions) #SewMuchFun #SewingNotions
Last week we took a look at this pattern from Simplicity (doll clothes pattern #4654) which is a fantastic pattern for those of us who have been sewing for a while. However, in the image below, I’ve underlined some key terms that tell us this isn’t the ideal pattern for the absolute beginner. I’ve underlined some of the recommended fabrics on the pattern, and … Continue reading How to Tell When a Sewing Pattern Is NOT for Beginners (Part 2: Know Your Fabrics) #LearningToSew #Fabrics
I started sewing doll clothes when I was very young, back in the early 1970’s, but I didn’t really learn how to read patterns and pattern instructions until I was about 15 or 16. Reading the instructions on the back of a pattern can seem daunting to a child who is learning to sew, and therefore I don’t advise it for kids under age 12. … Continue reading How to Tell When a Sewing Pattern Is NOT for Beginners (Part 1) #SewingForDolls #Handmade
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
Have you ever purchased doll clothes sewing patterns on eBay? I have. In fact, the pattern pictured above was one I purchased about a year ago. Yes, the pattern you see in the image above is outdated, but there are some timeless patterns in this set, as well as out-of-style fashions. The wedding dress pattern can be used for a Disney princess character dress, … Continue reading Tips for Buying Used Doll Clothes Patterns on eBay @ ChellyWood.com #AmSewing #DollClothes
On 3 July 2020, my YouTube channel reached a milestone: 5,000 subscribers! Hooray! To celebrate, I’m giving you a tour of my doll sewing and craft room. There are also a few tips along the way, like… Getting organized with the Boximize app Viking Sewing Machines Little Quilts All Through the House, a book by Alice Berg Fovitec Tabletop Lighting Simplicity Vintage products Fat quarters … Continue reading Doll Craft Room Tips and Tour Celebrating 5k Subscribers on YouTube! @ ChellyWood.com #DollSewing #GetOrganized!