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

It’s summer time in the northern hemisphere, but it’s the dead of winter in our planet’s southern hemisphere, so today’s blog post is for my followers in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and South America. 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 … Continue reading What Fabrics to Use When Sewing Doll Coats

This is a pattern review for the See and Sew 18 inch doll pattern for a bathrobe, dress, and sweat pants set. The review is written by doll clothing designer, ChellyWood. The image shows the front of the original pattern, published by Butterick in 2009.

18-inch doll bathrobe and pajamas #Sewing #DollClothes

On this website, I get frequent requests for new patterns to fit 18 inch dolls. One request that pops up more often than others is a request for pajamas and a bathrobe. When I get these requests, I remind my followers that such patterns exist, and they’re not that hard to find! Today’s pattern review for the See & Sew B5414 is one such pattern. … Continue reading 18-inch doll bathrobe and pajamas #Sewing #DollClothes

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

A square purple and turquoise quilt image frames the McCalls M6233 Baby doll Clothes sewing pattern. The watermark for ChellyWood.com accompanies the photograph of the doll clothes pattern.

Baby BOY doll clothes? Yup! #DollClothes #SewingPatterns

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

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

Image of "Sew-Easy Patterns by Advance" vintage Mattel, Inc. Toymakers Barbie doll clothes sewing pattern #2895 with the ChellyWood logo, surrounded by a variety of quilting fabrics in turquoise blue and purple.

The biggest problem with Barbie doll wedding dresses is… #JuneWedding #DollClothes

The biggest problem with Barbie doll wedding dresses is making a veil that actually stays on the doll’s head! Let’s have a good look at my “Sew-Easy Patterns by Advance” vintage Mattel, Inc. Toymakers Barbie doll clothes sewing pattern #2895. This is a prime example of how the patterns for Barbie wedding dresses (if they include a veil pattern at all) never seem to make … Continue reading The biggest problem with Barbie doll wedding dresses is… #JuneWedding #DollClothes

The image shows the Chelly Wood look-alike doll (actually a repainted Spin Master Liv doll) holding up Simplicity doll clothes pattern 2296, which is designed by Simplicity pattern company to fit 18 inch dolls like the American Girl dolls. this doll clothes pattern includes five different styles of dresses and two pants suit separates. The image is watermarked with the Chelly Wood dot com logo.

Simplicity patterns can inspire your own pattern designs! #Simplicity #DollClothes

Can you guess which of my own doll clothes designs was inspired by one of the outfits on this Simplicity doll clothes pattern #2296? I don’t copy other people’s patterns, but sometimes I sew Simplicity doll clothes patterns to get ideas about how to create my own patterns and how my own version of the pattern might fit together. For example, the Crissy “beach comber” … Continue reading Simplicity patterns can inspire your own pattern designs! #Simplicity #DollClothes

Here we see the Chelly Wood doll (she's actually a Liv doll that has had a make-over so it looks like the real person, Chelly Wood) holding up McCall's vintage Barbie pattern #6420 which has images of Barbie wearing six different outfits. The pattern's container is very worn but the images are colorful and sharp. This pattern was marked with a copyright of 1962.

Vintage Barbie doll clothes patterns with underpants! #VintageBarbie #VintageSewing

If you’ve been sewing for dolls for very long, you’re probably aware that doll underpants patterns are hard to come by. Of course, I have free underpants patterns on this website, and my patterns will fit lots of dolls, including the 6 inch American Girl dolls, Skipper, Barbie, and many Barbie-sized dolls, in addition to my baby doll bloomers and 18″ doll underpants pattern. (Click … Continue reading Vintage Barbie doll clothes patterns with underpants! #VintageBarbie #VintageSewing

Here we see the Chelly Wood doll holding up the McCall's crafts pattern #5462, which is under discussion in this blog post.

I made a poodle skirt with this old pattern, but I had a few problems… #SewingFail #SewingProjects

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

The image shows the Chelly Wood doll holding up Mattel Sew-Easy pattern #2896, which offers a series of patterns for vintage Barbies including a shirt-like dress, a circle skirt with waistband, a T-shirt like top, a Jackie-Kennedy style of dress, a pair of pajamas with top and bottom, a pair of capri pants with boat neck shirt, and a pretty sleeveless dress with ruffle. These patterns are not for sale on ChellyWood.com, but you can find similar patterns that can be downloaded for free on ChellyWood.com (a website best known for its free printable sewing patterns for making doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes).

What pattern would be best for a Barbie Poodle Skirt? — fan mail answers @ ChellyWood.com #Sewing #DollClothes

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

The image shows the Chelly Wood doll holding up a McCall's Crafts sewing pattern which displays the finished projects of a Barbie sized wedding dress, various pants and shirts, a cape, and evening gowns. The article that goes with this image offers advice for buying sewing patterns for making doll clothes, using the eBay auction platform. Please visit ChellyWood.com for additional sewing ideas plus free printable sewing patterns and tutorial videos for making doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes.

Tips for Buying Used Doll Clothes Patterns on eBay @ ChellyWood.com #AmSewing #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

Image shows a Wellie Wisher doll from the American Girl doll collection wearing a handmade halter-style summer shirt, dress, or swimsuit cover-up garment with rickrack and a pocket. The doll stands in front of a painting of a beach scene with a vacation house on a cliff overlooking the ocean. The doll's rubber boots keep her feet dry as she stands on a sandy surface. Overlay reads: "ChellyWood.com: FREE printable sewing patterns and tutorials for dolls of many shapes and sizes." Please visit ChellyWood.com for free, printable sewing patterns for doll clothes to fit this and other sized dolls.

Halter top doll clothes patterns are among the most versatile for clothes-swaps! Join the #SewingChat @ ChellyWood.com #DollClothesPatterns

February is Black History month, here in the United States, and as I said in a previous blog post, I’m having a tough time finding images of African American dolls on my old vintage (and, indeed, even my newer) commercial doll clothes patterns. To join that discussion, look back at the blog post I did on Martin Luther King Day. But I did find this … Continue reading Halter top doll clothes patterns are among the most versatile for clothes-swaps! Join the #SewingChat @ ChellyWood.com #DollClothesPatterns