A purple and turquoise blue quilt frames the words "how do you box your doll clothes" which float above a 3-D photo of a box wrapped in craft paper with a turquoise blue ribbon delicately tied around the box. The ChellyWood.com logo appears to one side of the text and photo.

How do you box your doll clothes for mailing (shipping)? #Handmade #DollClothesPatterns

The ensemble shown at the top of this page was part of a doll clothes gift I made for a friend’s little girl, Navy. What a cool name this little girl has, don’t you think? Navy? I love it! That’s even a color of fabric! Okay, so when I gave her this gift, consisting of all these handmade doll clothes, how did I package them? … Continue reading How do you box your doll clothes for mailing (shipping)? #Handmade #DollClothesPatterns

With a quilted purple and blue frame, a photo of a Made to Move Curvy Barbie with bright pink Anime-style hair stands next to and looks down at vintage 8281 Simplicity Barbie doll clothes pattern, which contains the patterns for making the very same raglan-sleeved shirt or blouse that the Made-to-Move Curvy Barbie is wearing. She also wears a miniskirt that is not pictured on the envelope for Simplicity 8281 vintage Barbie doll clothes patterns. The ChellyWood.com logo appears to the side of the photo.

Can a Vintage Simplicity 8281 Barbie doll clothes pattern fit Curvy Barbie? #SewVintage #DollClothesPatterns

Based on the photo you see above, which shows my Curvy Made-to-Move Barbie wearing the raglan-sleeved blouse from View 3 in Simplicity Barbie doll clothes pattern 8281 from the early 1980’s, you would think Curvy Barbies could wear all of the patterns from this set. But it may not be wise to make assumptions about this vintage pattern just yet. The pattern was originally designed … Continue reading Can a Vintage Simplicity 8281 Barbie doll clothes pattern fit Curvy Barbie? #SewVintage #DollClothesPatterns

Quilted blue and purple fabrics frame an image of a Made-to-Move Barbie who stands below the ChellyWood.com logo wearing a handmade jumper and pink cotton blouse. Arrows point from the jumper and blouse to Simplicity doll clothes pattern 5731 (Tressy doll clothes) and Simplicity 8281 (a pattern for Barbie and Cher and Farrah Fawcett doll clothes).

Can you mix-and-match vintage doll clothes patterns? #SewingProject #DollClothesPatterns

In the image above, my Made-to-Move Barbie is modeling a jumper-style dress with a raglan sleeved blouse. These two patterns didn’t come in the same envelope. In fact, they actually came from two different eras in history. My Simplicity 8281 vintage sewing pattern is from 1977 while my Simplicity Tressy doll wardrobe pattern number 5731 was published in 1964, more than ten years before. Can you guess … Continue reading Can you mix-and-match vintage doll clothes patterns? #SewingProject #DollClothesPatterns

A quilted fabric frame surrounds a photo of a vintage Barbie with dark brown hair. The doll stands beside the Tressy doll clothes Simplicity pattern 5731. The Mattel vintage Barbie wears an outfit from the cover of the Simplicity Tressy doll clothes pattern. Her handmade doll clothes include a pink jumper-style dress and a white blouse that's worn under the strappy jumper dress.

Can a vintage Barbie wear Tressy doll clothes? #DollClothesPatterns #VintageBarbie

Based on the image above, it certainly does look like a Vintage Barbie CAN wear vintage Tressy doll clothes patterns! I blogged about this outfit a bit last week, and I mentioned that this was part of an ensemble I put together for a little girl from my area whose family knows me. As you can see in the image below, I re-created the dress … Continue reading Can a vintage Barbie wear Tressy doll clothes? #DollClothesPatterns #VintageBarbie

A made-to-move Barbie doll holds up a copy of Simplicity's American Character Inc. Tressy doll pattern number 5731. The Chellywood.com logo is sideways standing next to and parallel to Made to Move Barbie. The whole image is framed by a purple and blue quilt.

Can a modern Made-to-Move Barbie wear “Tressy” doll clothes? #DollClothesPatterns #SewingProjects

Please take a close look at View 2 in the Simplicity Tressy doll clothes pattern #5731, in the image above. I was very curious about this frilly little blouse that the doll is wearing in View 2, and I especially wondered if Tressy (a 12 inch doll made by American Character, Inc.) could clothing swap with my Made-to-Move Barbies. So to nobody’s surprise, I sewed … Continue reading Can a modern Made-to-Move Barbie wear “Tressy” doll clothes? #DollClothesPatterns #SewingProjects

Surrounded by a quilted frame in the colors turquoise blue and various shades of purple, we see the ChellyWood.com logo and beside it, the envelope for Simplicity 9138 (a pattern that will fit vintage Crissy dolls).

I just added this Crissy doll pattern to my private collection! #HappyToday about #DollClothesPatterns

I’ve been an Ideal Crissy doll fan since my childhood, when these hair-growing dolls first became popular, so it may seem hard to believe that I’ve never owned a Crissy doll clothes pattern. Until now! My birthday was in March, and for my birthday, I splurged and purchased this lovely Simplicity 9138 doll clothes pattern for 17 and a half inch dolls. Now you may … Continue reading I just added this Crissy doll pattern to my private collection! #HappyToday about #DollClothesPatterns

Ah, the power of tulle! #FunWithFabric #DollClothesPatterns

About a year and a half ago, I used my McCall’s fashion doll clothes pattern 4400 (shown above) to make the pretty purple seashell dress you see on my vintage 1977 Superstar Barbie below. Do you see that cloudy white stuff at the bottom of her skirt? That’s called tulle. In Idaho, where I live, we say the word “tulle” the same way we say … Continue reading Ah, the power of tulle! #FunWithFabric #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.

I’m feeling inspired to design some dolly overalls… #DollClothesPatterns #SewingProjects

How cute are those little overalls? I’ve been feeling inspired to design a sewing pattern for making a pair of doll-sized overalls, but I’m not sure which doll(s) I want to make them for. Lately I’ve been sewing a lot of teeny-tiny stuff for my niece’s 6 inch Elsa and 5 inch Anna dolls. That’s one option, but they seem awfully tiny for the project. … Continue reading I’m feeling inspired to design some dolly overalls… #DollClothesPatterns #SewingProjects

The drawings of a Donny Osmond doll and a Marie Osmond doll from the cover of a simplicity doll clothes pattern are framed by a quilted blue and purple fabric border and beside the photo of the cover art from this Simplicity pattern, we also see the words "ChellyWood" from the ChellyWood.com website and its subsequent logos.

Donny and Marie Osmond Doll Clothes Patterns #RetroSewing #DollClothesPatterns

Last Monday I wrote a blog post about the Dusty and Skye dolls from the 1970’s. Today I’m taking another look at Simplicity doll clothes pattern 7737, but let’s have a closer look at the Donny and Marie Osmond dolls that are displayed on the cover of this vintage pattern. Yep, I had the Donny Osmond and Marie Osmond dolls, back in the 1970’s, and … Continue reading Donny and Marie Osmond Doll Clothes Patterns #RetroSewing #DollClothesPatterns

Surrounded by a quilted frame, we see the ChellyWood.com logo and images of dolls modeling doll clothes from the 1970's. This image comes from Simplicity doll clothes pattern 7737, dated with a copyright of 1976.

Whatever happened to Kenner’s Dusty dolls and Skye dolls? #VintageDolls #DollClothesPatterns

Are you old enough to remember Kenner’s Dusty and Skye dolls? Want to know why nobody seems to collect them these days? The Simplicity 7737 doll clothes pattern shown at the top of this blog post was one I owned back in the 1970’s and ’80’s. The patterns loosely fit Barbie, but they fit Dusty and Skye really well. Dusty was a doll with an … Continue reading Whatever happened to Kenner’s Dusty dolls and Skye dolls? #VintageDolls #DollClothesPatterns

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

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