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

You’ll notice, that in the image of Simplicity 8466 above, there’s an adorable cape pattern for fashion dolls. A cape is a super easy design, for even the newest beginners to sew. The cape above is short (hip-length), made of bright blue fabric, and appears to have a red ribbon for its trim. But if you’re looking for more of a floor-length medieval-style cape, I … Continue reading What are the best patterns for Fashion Doll capes? #DollClothesPatterns #ToyCollectors

Within a quilted blue and purple frame, we see the logo for ChellyWood.com and a photo of Butterick vintage doll clothes pattern 4687, which is designed to fit Mattel Barbie dolls and similar sized 11 inch fashion dolls. The dolls pictured on the cover are wearing a white wedding dress, a pioneer style gown with a pinafore, and a sporty sweats suit.

What to do when a pattern piece is missing #SewingTips #DollClothesPatterns @ ChellyWood.com

A couple of years ago, for my niece, I made a pretty elastic-waist and elastic-neckline Barbie dress, using McCall’s “Teen Doll” Barbie Clothes Sewing Pattern #3429, which was first published in the 1970’s. Here’s the link to a previous blog post on that pattern, if you’re curious, and here’s the doll dress I made, using that pattern: Unfortunately, the McCall’s “Teen Doll” Barbie Clothes Sewing … Continue reading What to do when a pattern piece is missing #SewingTips #DollClothesPatterns @ ChellyWood.com

Framed by a blue and purple quilt, the ChellyWood.com logo accompanies a close-up image of Simplicity 4883 Ideal Tammy doll clothes patterns and a pattern for making a shoe box closet that would work for most 11 inch or 12 inch fashion dolls like Ideal Tammy, Mattel's Barbie dolls, Rainbow High dolls, and dozens of other fashion dolls in this size range.

Make a doll clothes closet out of a shoe box #DollClothesPatterns #ValentinesDayCrafts

The pattern you see my Chelly doll holding up in the image above is a Simplicity 4883 vintage Ideal Tammy doll clothes pattern. But did you notice that it also has a shoebox closet on the front of the pattern? It even gives instructions for making the shoe box closet for your fashion dolls, and it tells you what kinds of notions to buy for … Continue reading Make a doll clothes closet out of a shoe box #DollClothesPatterns #ValentinesDayCrafts

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 #DollClothes

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 #DollClothes

Surrounded by a blue and purple quilted frame, we see Simplicity doll clothes pattern number 4702, which offers several outfits for Barbie sized dolls.

Drawstring and Elastic #SewingChat #DollClothes

Today I’m showing off my Simplicity 4702 fashion doll clothing pattern because it’s an ideal pattern for chatting about the subtle differences between elastic and drawstrings. Both can use a casing, which is when you fold the fabric and sew along the edge of the fold, sort of like making a hem, but creating more of a tunnel. To learn more about casings, I recommend … Continue reading Drawstring and Elastic #SewingChat #DollClothes

Framed by a purple and turquoise blue quilted fabric frame, we see the Chelly Wood doll standing next to a book entitled, Little Quilts, with the subtitle "all through the house" by authors Alice Berg, Mary Ellen Von Holt, and Sylvia Johnson. In one corner of the book, it also says, "designer series." This book was published by "The Patchwork Place" in 1993.

Advice for Making a Doll Quilt

In my inbox this past week, I received an email from one of my followers, asking me for advice on doll-sized quilts. The question she asked was, “[If] you were to make a doll blanket or quilt for [a 14 inch] doll, what dimensions would you suggest?” So today’s blog post is a variation on the advice I gave her over email… There’s a fantastic … Continue reading Advice for Making a Doll Quilt

The Chelly Wood dot com logo and Simplicity doll clothes and child's pajama pattern number 7841 are surrounded on all four sides by a quilted frame in fabrics that come in the colors of turquoise blue and various shades of purple.

How to make dolly-and-me pajamas with a recycled tee shirt @ ChellyWood.com #EarthFriendly #DollClothes

Recently my niece, Emily, asked me to make her a set of dolly-and-me pajamas for her Consuelo doll and herself. So I was excited to discover Simplicity “Just like you” pattern number 7841 at a second hand store near where I live. Now when I looked at the pattern for this set, I made note of the fact that it was for an 18 inch … Continue reading How to make dolly-and-me pajamas with a recycled tee shirt @ ChellyWood.com #EarthFriendly #DollClothes

Framed by a turquoise blue and purple quilt, we see the Chelly Wood dot com logo and a photo of the Chelly Wood doll (a re-painted Spin Master Liv Doll) wearing an apron and holding up Simplicity Barbie doll clothes pattern number 7601 (published in 1991).

Make Barbie a winter coat, hat, and purse with Simplicity doll clothes pattern 7601 #Sewing #DollClothes

Have a look at view 5 in the image above. Today I’m talking about Simplicity Barbie doll clothes pattern #7601, which was published in 1991. This pattern set offers a very easy winter coat pattern for all the beginner sewists out there. And although they don’t appear on the sketches on the back of the pattern, it does come with the hat and purse pictured … Continue reading Make Barbie a winter coat, hat, and purse with Simplicity doll clothes pattern 7601 #Sewing #DollClothes

Sew a wrap-around skirt for your doll, following these simple instructions @ ChellyWood.com #FreeDollClothesPatterns #DollClothes

The image above shows the Simplicity 8281 vintage sewing pattern from 1977. I’ll be using this pattern in a tutorial I plan to post this Thursday on my YouTube channel, teaching you how to organize and archive your vintage patterns. As you can see in the photo below, this pattern was definitely in need of some help: The Simplicity pattern 8281 for Barbie, Quick Curl … Continue reading Sew a wrap-around skirt for your doll, following these simple instructions @ ChellyWood.com #FreeDollClothesPatterns #DollClothes

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.

Sewing doll clothes is different from sewing clothes for people — Part 2 — Stitching Methods #SewingTips #DollClothes

Last Monday we talked about cutting out patterns for people’s clothes vs. cutting out patterns for doll clothes. Today I want to address how stitching methods vary from doll clothes to people’s clothes. First, the smaller the doll clothes, the more you should consider stitching by hand. I mean yes, a sewing machine is fine for 18-inch American girl dolls, but tiny little arm holes … Continue reading Sewing doll clothes is different from sewing clothes for people — Part 2 — Stitching Methods #SewingTips #DollClothes

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.

Sewing doll clothes is different from sewing clothes for people — Part 1 — Cutting Tips #SewingTips #DollClothes

Special thanks to Carolyn V. who inspired today’s topic: how sewing doll clothes is different from sewing clothes for human beings. The comment she left a couple of weeks ago was: “Chelly, I just wanted to thank you for allowing us to get free doll clothes patterns & tutorials. Doll clothes are sewn completely different from ‘people’ clothes (or, at least the way I was … Continue reading Sewing doll clothes is different from sewing clothes for people — Part 1 — Cutting Tips #SewingTips #DollClothes

Beside the ChellyWood.com logo, we see a vintage doll clothes pattern for Betsy Wetsy dolls: Simplicity Pattern #5730.

The Benefits and Drawbacks of Using Felt for #DollClothes #SewingProjects

Today I’m sharing with you my vintage Betsy Wetsy 16 inch baby doll clothes pattern #5730 from Simplicity. This is an adorable little pattern with so much to offer! But if you read the back of the pattern, none of the suggested fabrics include felt: Personally, I can’t imagine why this pattern wouldn’t suggest felt for use with the baby bunting (View 5), the little … Continue reading The Benefits and Drawbacks of Using Felt for #DollClothes #SewingProjects