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

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!

A quilted frame surrounds Simplicity Tressy Doll Clothes Pattern 5731 (Copyright 1964) along with the Chelly Wood dot com logo.

What ever happened to Tressy dolls? #ToyCollector #DollClothes

In the image above, I’m holding up a Tressy doll wardrobe pattern, published by Simplicity in 1964. As you can see in the list offered on the back of the pattern (see below), these patterns will also fit Barbie: But my gosh! Look at the list of dolls that can swap clothes with Tressy! So today I’m asking, not only what ever happened to Tressy … Continue reading What ever happened to Tressy dolls? #ToyCollector #DollClothes

The image shows Simplicity teen fashion pattern number 5390 from 1981 surrounded by a quilted frame and the ChellyWood.com logo.

What “people clothes” have inspired your doll clothes? #SewingPatterns #DollClothes

The image above shows Simplicity pattern number 5390, which was published in 1981. I would have been 14 years old when I bought this. The Simplicity 5390 pattern brings to mind my earliest memories of sewing “people clothes” for myself. I believe I made every single outfit shown on the cover of the pattern… except maybe the pants — and I may have made them … Continue reading What “people clothes” have inspired your doll clothes? #SewingPatterns #DollClothes

This image shows a photo of the Simplicity doll clothes sewing pattern 7600 which will fit Skipper dolls from the 1980's. The photo is framed by a turquoise blue and purple quilted frame and the logo for Chelly Wood dot com. This image accompanies a discussion about hard to find skipper patterns, like a panties pattern for Skipper dolls, a swimsuit pattern for Skipper dolls, and a hoodie pattern for Skipper dolls. There's even a Cheerleader costume for Skipper in this set of doll clothes patterns. Please visit ChellyWood.com to join the discussion about rare and hard to find patterns for your Skipper dolls, and to find free printable PDF sewing patterns for making doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes.

A Versatile Old Pattern for Skipper Underpants and Swimsuits! @ ChellyWood.com #SewingChat #DollClothes

Just looking at the image above, you would realize that this Simplicity doll clothes pattern number 7600 comes with a lot of great stuff: it’s got a cheerleader costume, a formal gown, shorts, pants, shirts, and a swimsuit. What a versatile pattern! But what you don’t see is that it also includes a pair of bloomers, which are meant to go under the cheer outfit, … Continue reading A Versatile Old Pattern for Skipper Underpants and Swimsuits! @ ChellyWood.com #SewingChat #DollClothes

A quilted frame surrounds the Chelly Wood website logo and Simplicity doll clothes craft pattern number 9144, published in 1989.

How to choose ribbons for doll clothes #OffrayRibbon #DollClothes

Today I’m using a 1989 Simplicity Craft doll clothes pattern (number 9144) to discuss the many uses of ribbons when making doll clothes. If you take a closer look at the outfits offered in Simplicity Craft Pattern 9144, you’ll see that 5 of the 7 outfits suggested on the cover include ribbon, and these patterns are for large baby dolls: I love that the pattern … Continue reading How to choose ribbons for doll clothes #OffrayRibbon #DollClothes

This image is a quilt-like square with the Chelly Wood logo turned on its side. Beside the logo, we see a photo of Simplicity doll clothes pattern 8466 from the late 1960's or early 1970's. The dolls on the cover of this pattern are dressed in various fashions including one long dress pattern that uses an empire waist.

Vintage Barbie pattern for dress with an “empire waist” #SewVintage #DollClothes

Every now and then, I have people request that I design “Jane Austen character dresses.” What I suspect they want is a dress with an “empire waist.” As you can see in the image below, the vintage Simplicity doll clothes pattern number 8466 actually offers a ball gown with an empire waist (see View 4): However the empire waist style of dress that women actually … Continue reading Vintage Barbie pattern for dress with an “empire waist” #SewVintage #DollClothes

The image shows a doll that looks like Chelly Wood (doll clothes designer at chellyWood.com) sitting at her desk, staring at her computer screen which offers the URL for her website.

Yes, my some of my links aren’t working… Here’s a Quick Fix!

It appears that WordPress (my web hosting company) has created an update that made it harder for my followers to access the links beneath my images. I’m working behind the scenes to re-create all of my galleries, but meanwhile, this video will help you navigate to any pattern links that aren’t working. Sorry for the inconvenience, but as I say in the video, “When the … Continue reading Yes, my some of my links aren’t working… Here’s a Quick Fix!

The image shows a vintage McCall's printed sewing pattern for making a wardrobe of doll clothes for "chubby baby and toddler dolls" in the size range from 12 to 22 inches, depending upon whether you purchase the small, medium, or large doll clothes pattern set. The striking image on this pattern (published by McCall's in 1968) is the fact that a doll with brown skin and black hair appears on this pattern front, along with a variety of little blond and red headed dolls.

Why aren’t there more multicultural dolls on sewing patterns? Join the #SewingChat @ ChellyWood.com for #MLKday

As today happens to be Martin Luther King Day in the United States, I’d like to write about the fact that images on doll clothes sewing patterns available in the US today do not accurately reflect the demographics of our nation. Before Caucasian people came to North America, only Native American people lived here. To this day, Native American people and mixed-race Native Americans live … Continue reading Why aren’t there more multicultural dolls on sewing patterns? Join the #SewingChat @ ChellyWood.com for #MLKday

The image shows an 18-inch "Kaya" American Girl doll, wearing handmade doll clothes that were sewn using the free printable PDF sewing patterns found at ChellyWood.com. These free 18 inch doll clothes sewing patterns included a pattern for a long holiday skirt made of glittery red fabric and a long-sleeved V-neck blouse made of winter berry red and white cotton fabric. The doll's long braided hair goes all the way down her back, looking especially elegant with her long skirt. She wears white Mary Jane "patent leather" style shoes. The overlaying watermark tells you to go to ChellyWood.com for your free printable PDF sewing pattern for making doll clothes for dolls of many shapes and all different sizes.

Sew this beautiful holiday outfit for your 18-inch dolls w/free patterns @ ChellyWood.com #DIYgifts #AmericanGirlDolls

Scroll down to the second set of bullets for the free PDF sewing patterns. Yesterday I gave you the pattern and tutorial for making the skirt shown in the image above, but today I’m going to include both the skirt pattern and the shirt pattern, so you can make the whole outfit. If the long-sleeved shirt with V-neck for 18-inch dolls looks familiar to you, … Continue reading Sew this beautiful holiday outfit for your 18-inch dolls w/free patterns @ ChellyWood.com #DIYgifts #AmericanGirlDolls

Please visit ChellyWood.com for ideas on how to make money sewing and selling crafts. Today's topic is about how to save money by using second-hand clothing as a fabric source for sell-able fabric crafts.

Save money by recycling second-hand clothing for sewing doll clothes! #MoneyMaker #Sewing

Over the summer, I’ve been posting daily free doll clothes patterns, but I’m about to go back to work. Some of you know that in my “day job,” I work as a school librarian. We librarians come back to work a week or two before the teachers and about three weeks before the students return. It takes me about 5 hours to make a single … Continue reading Save money by recycling second-hand clothing for sewing doll clothes! #MoneyMaker #Sewing

The image shows a Greenbrier 12 cm doll which looks a lot like a Strawberry shortcake doll (which came in 10 cm, 11 cm, and 12 cm sizes). She wears a felt-and-cotton handmade dress with ribbons for straps. The dress is decorated with rickrack. To find and download the free printable sewing patterns for making this doll dress, please go to ChellyWood.com, a website with hundreds of free printable sewing patterns for doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes.

Preview of 4″ or 4.5-inch doll dress project for this week @ ChellyWood.com #sewingproject

Here’s a preview of this week’s easy-to-sew doll dress project, which fits dolls in the 4-inch to 4 and a half-inch size range. The doll modeling this week’s dress project is a Greenbrier doll. She looks a lot like a Strawberry Shortcake doll, though, and I’d venture to guess that 4 to 5 inch Strawberry Shortcake dolls could easily wear this dress project, although it … Continue reading Preview of 4″ or 4.5-inch doll dress project for this week @ ChellyWood.com #sewingproject