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?"

Simplicity 4364: a great pattern for 18 inch dolls’ holiday dresses! #18inchDolls #DollClothesPatterns

Are you looking for a holiday dress pattern to fit 18 inch dolls like Adora Amazing Girls, American Girl dolls, My Generation Journey Girls, and some of the other popular brands of 18 inch dolls? Well Simplicity 18″ doll clothing pattern #4364 is a really good choice! It only shows one dress in holiday fabric on the envelope for this pattern, but use your imagination and … Continue reading Simplicity 4364: a great pattern for 18 inch dolls’ holiday dresses! #18inchDolls #DollClothesPatterns

In this image, a quilted frame surrounds a close-up of the swimsuit image from McCalls Teen doll fashion 3429 doll clothes pattern, but the swimsuit (which normally appears in blue) has been redesigned in a salmon or coral colored-shade of pink. It's very becoming on the strawberry blond haired doll drawn there as the model.

Vintage McCall’s “Teen Fashion Doll” swimsuit pattern Part Deux #Vintage #DollClothesPatterns

As you may recall from last week’s swimsuit pattern discussion, the Southern Hemisphere of our lovely planet Earth is currently enjoying summer, so in honor of my southern-hemisphere followers and fans, I’m doing some blog posts about the swimsuit/bodysuit pattern shown as View B, on the vintage McCall’s Teen Doll Fashion pattern number 3429, which appears above. Two weeks ago, I showed you my sewing … Continue reading Vintage McCall’s “Teen Fashion Doll” swimsuit pattern Part Deux #Vintage #DollClothesPatterns

The image shows the bottom half of a modern Barbie wearing a purple swimsuit. She stands beside McCall's Teen Fashion Doll Pattern number 3429. This photo is surrounded by a purple cotton square frame dotted with tiny white polka dots. Over the photo and slightly to the left of the photo are the words "free pattern" under which is the Chelly Wood dot com logo.

Which “mystery Barbie” fits best in my vintage McCall’s “Teen Fashion Doll” swimsuit pattern? Surprise! #Vintage #DollClothesPatterns

Today’s blog post is dedicated to all my followers who live south of the equator. Summer is underway down there, so it’s time to do a blog post on swimsuits! Last week I showed you my sewing fail, with regard to the swimsuit / bodysuit pattern in McCall’s vintage “Teen Doll Fashion” patterns. Once I’d tossed my coral-colored first attempt aside, I decided to give … Continue reading Which “mystery Barbie” fits best in my vintage McCall’s “Teen Fashion Doll” swimsuit pattern? Surprise! #Vintage #DollClothesPatterns

Framed by a turquoise blue and purple quilted frame, we see the shabby envelope for McCall's teen fashion doll pattern number 3429, with a close-up of its view A (a body suit with wrap-around pants) and view B (a swimsuit) doll clothes sketches. The ChellyWood.com logo appears alongside the pattern.

Read the directions! McCall’s “Teen Fashion Doll” pattern 3429 #SewingFail #DollClothesPatterns

  Today’s blog post is dedicated to all my followers who live south of the equator. Summer is about to start down there, so it’s time to do a blog post on swimsuits! Sorry for the terrible condition of my pattern in today’s blog post. Not only is the envelope in bad physical condition, but when I purchased it, this pattern was also missing quite … Continue reading Read the directions! McCall’s “Teen Fashion Doll” pattern 3429 #SewingFail #DollClothesPatterns

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

Here we see the Chelly Wood doll displaying three new computer buttons: a shopping button, a blog button, and a sewing basics button.

New additions to ChellyWood.com #Blogging #DollClothesPatterns

  I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but my home page has a few new additions. One day, on my Facebook page, I mentioned that I’d been doing blog posts on “How to Sew Doll Shirt Collars,” and someone said, “Wait, there’s a blog on your website? How do I get to that?” I guess she only accessed my website from her phone, and for … Continue reading New additions to ChellyWood.com #Blogging #DollClothesPatterns

An apron is a simple Christmas gift to make. You can usually whip one up in a couple of hours. On ChellyWood.com, the doll clothing designer, Chelly Wood, offers advice for making aprons for the whole family for Christmas. This image shows a quilted background with the photo of Simplicity Apron pattern 2691, showing an apron with a pocket and contrasting colors of fabric, along with a quilt-look table runner and a placemat pattern. Visit ChellyWood.com to join the chat.

How to Sew Apron Ties — Aprons make great gifts for the whole family! #HolidaySewing #ChristmasGiftIdeas

Maybe you’ve been thinking about sewing an apron for each of your family members as Christmas gifts, or even to use at Thanksgiving, when the whole family is visiting. They don’t take long to make. Simplicity apron pattern number 2691 is a simple pattern to follow. It comes with a table runner and placemats, and although it was published in 2009, it’s a timeless shape … Continue reading How to Sew Apron Ties — Aprons make great gifts for the whole family! #HolidaySewing #ChristmasGiftIdeas

The image shows a vintage McCalls Craft Pattern number 2686 which offers Barbie sized doll clothes including coats and jackets, prom dresses, and business as well as casual wear.

What Fabrics to Use When Sewing Doll Coats @ ChellyWood.com #VintagePatterns #DollClothesPatterns

For those of us who live in the northern hemisphere of Planet Earth, winter is fast approaching, so let’s talk about how to keep your dollies warm! Today I’m answering the question, “Which fabrics are best for making doll coats?” and I’m bringing to your attention the vintage McCall’s Craft sewing pattern #2686, which shows three views of fashion doll coats. The original pattern isn’t … Continue reading What Fabrics to Use When Sewing Doll Coats @ ChellyWood.com #VintagePatterns #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

With a quilted frame around it, we see a section of a McCall's vintage fashion doll clothes sewing pattern for making a cape that will fit a fashion doll like Barbie and similar-sized dolls.

What are the best patterns for Fashion Doll capes? #DollClothesPatterns #ToyCollectors

It’s fall, so we need to keep our little dolls warm. A coat is easy enough to make, but capes are usually even easier! You’ll notice, that in the image of Simplicity 8466 above, there’s an adorable cape pattern for fashion dolls. It’s short (hip-length), made of bright blue fabric, and appears to have a red ribbon for its trim. But if you’re looking for … Continue reading What are the best patterns for Fashion Doll capes? #DollClothesPatterns #ToyCollectors

A purple and turquoise blue frame surrounds the Chelly Wood dot com logo and a close-up of a drawing of a vintage Barbie or Francie doll modeling a lovely rust or wine-colored evening gown dress with gold trim.

What to do when you don’t have quite enough scrap fabric… #SewingTips #DollClothesPatterns

After my youngest daughter moved away to college, I boxed up a lot of the things she left behind in what used to be her bedroom, and I found a lovely satin pajama top that dated back to her middle school or early high school days, when she was pretty small. She has more of a woman’s figure now, so I assumed this little pajama … Continue reading What to do when you don’t have quite enough scrap fabric… #SewingTips #DollClothesPatterns

Framed by a purple and turquoise blue quilt, we see the Simplicity 4652 Chatty Cathy doll clothes pattern for six outfits, plus under garments. The ChellyWood.com logo appears on the image as well.

Chatty Cathy Patterns, Talking Dolls, and Vintage Fabric @ ChellyWood.com #Collectibles #DollClothesPatterns

Have you ever heard of Chatty Cathy dolls? According to Wikipedia, in the 1960’s, Chatty Cathy “was the second most popular doll of the 1960s after Barbie.”* Like Barbie, these dolls were the brain child of Ruth Handler. When you pulled a string, Cathy would say endearing phrases like, “I love you” and “Let’s play school.” But these weren’t the first talking dolls. You’ll probably … Continue reading Chatty Cathy Patterns, Talking Dolls, and Vintage Fabric @ ChellyWood.com #Collectibles #DollClothesPatterns