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

On a purple background of fabric we see the words "which dolls will Chelly design patterns for in 2022?" and below this is an image of a doll silhouette with a question mark superimposed over it.

It’s time for a doll-clothes-designer’s New Year’s resolution!

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!

The image shows a purple, white, and turquoise colored infographic with the title "Buyer's Gide" at the top, and the following elements listed within the text boxes of the infographic: buttons, snaps, ribbon, elastic, labels, zippers. The watermark says "ChellyWood" to remind you that you can get lots of doll clothes sewing advice and free patterns at ChellyWood.com

Buyer’s Guide for Sewing Doll Clothes: #SewingTips for Making #DollClothes

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

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!

A purple cotton fabric with tiny white polka dots frames a photo of a miniature table-top Christmas Tree that has tiny wrapped gifts under it and miniature Christmas tree ornaments on it. The words "Holiday-themed blog posts" float above the Chelly Wood dot com logo.

Helpful Tips and FAQ’s for People Who Love to Sew for Dolls #DollClothes #SewingTips

It has been about 4 years since I published my “Frequently Asked Questions” page (i.e. FAQ’s), and since I’m doing a series of re-posts while I take time off to make my Creative Spark class, I thought you might enjoy seeing this page. It’s filled with helpful information for those of us who love to sew for dolls! If you click on the question, it … Continue reading Helpful Tips and FAQ’s for People Who Love to Sew for Dolls #DollClothes #SewingTips

What does the future hold for Chelly Wood? #Goals #Finances

I’m getting personal this week, taking a break from patterns while I’m on a business trip. I hope you don’t mind. So today I’m going to answer the question, “What does the future hold for Chelly Wood?” In March of 2022, I’ll turn 55, which means I’ll be able to retire from my “day job” as a school librarian, if I want to. But as … Continue reading What does the future hold for Chelly Wood? #Goals #Finances

In this image, Made to Move Barbie lays on a bed with a wardrobe nearby. There's a window behind the bed. The doll's knees curl around and her feet are crossed at the ankles. She lays with one hand near her face and the other at her side. The words over her head say "dream come true!" The Chelly Wood logo is in the corner.

What would you do if your dreams were coming true?

Yes, as the heading explains, my dreams are coming true! In general, I’m a relatively private person. I like my online persona to be distinctly separated from my real self. But today I’m going to share a part of my personal journey with you, my followers. I want you to see how long the journey has been, and how far I’ve come. Had you met … Continue reading What would you do if your dreams were coming true?

Update on my Creative Spark class: #Design #DollClothes

Hi guys! I bet you’ve heard by now that I’ll be teaching a design-your-own-doll-clothes course with C&T Publishing on their Creative Spark Online Learning platform. The last time I brought this up, many of you said that cost would be a factor in your decision to purchase a class in doll clothing design techniques. So what I’ve done is broken my class into three sections. … Continue reading Update on my Creative Spark class: #Design #DollClothes

Please visit chellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes. The image shows the Chelly Wood doll seated at her computer. On the computer screen we see Helen and Caroline of the LoveToSew podcast on the computer screen.

What’s your favorite sewing podcast? #Sewing #FridayFollow

I have a favorite podcast: LoveToSew with Helen of Helen’s Closet and Caroline of Blackbird Fabrics! Being a school librarian in my dayjob, I love podcasts; especially podcasts that are informative and fun. LoveToSew is just that kind of podcast. They cover topics like… Sewing with knits Sewing meet-ups Sewing struggles Hand sewing Jeans making …and so much more! Their LoveToSew website is super easy to … Continue reading What’s your favorite sewing podcast? #Sewing #FridayFollow

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.

News: Class Announcement! #DollClothes #PatternDesign

So many of you have contributed to my ever-growing list of requests for doll clothes patterns, and I’m mentioning you in this announcement about the class I’ll be teaching with Creative Spark‘s online platform. We still don’t know how much the class will cost, but shorter classes tend to be less expensive than longer ones on the platform. So as I build my videos for … Continue reading News: Class Announcement! #DollClothes #PatternDesign

Holly Hobby Patterns Past and Present! #HollyHobby #DollClothes

Are you old enough to remember the original Holly Hobby? Today’s vintage pattern on the discussion table is a Holly Hobby doll and clothes (Simplicity #6006) pattern which is marked with a copyright from 1973. In the comments, feel free to write your memories of Holly Hobby. Or, if you’re a fan of the new Holly Hobby show on Hulu, leave a comment on that … Continue reading Holly Hobby Patterns Past and Present! #HollyHobby #DollClothes

The square turquoise-and-purple frame looks like a miniature quilt frame surrounding the image of Simplicity doll dress pattern number 4364 and the new Chelly Wood logo. Visit ChellyWood.com to read the article that accompanies this image, entitled, "What are the easiest doll dress patterns to sew?"

What are the easiest doll dress patterns to sew? #18inchDolls #DollClothes

There are several factors that contribute to the ease or difficulty in sewing a doll dress pattern. In my humble opinion, as a doll clothing designer who has been sewing for half a century, here are four factors to consider when picking out an “easy-to-sew” doll dress pattern: Pattern maker Type of skirt Sleeves Collars   Let’s talk about pattern makers. The Simplicity pattern company … Continue reading What are the easiest doll dress patterns to sew? #18inchDolls #DollClothes