This thumbnail shows a cloud-shaped 1970's style rainbow in the colors yellow, blue, green, and purple, superimposed on the usual purple cotton fabric background frame that Chelly Wood dot com often uses for its thumbnails. This frame surrounds a cell phone with a photo of a vintage Barbie wearing the Burr Furr vintage doll clothes outfit. The text reads "Do a Pick" winter fashion show.

Let’s Do a Pick — a winter fashion show with vintage dolls! #DoApick #vintageDollCollector

When I was a kid, whenever it was playtime with dolls, we would lay out all our dolls and their clothing items. Then we would “do a pick.” That’s where you take turns picking which doll or dolls you’ll play with and which outfits or accessories you’ll get to play with. Your playtime companion would take a turn picking her dolls, clothes, and accessories too. … Continue reading Let’s Do a Pick — a winter fashion show with vintage dolls! #DoApick #vintageDollCollector

This image shows a Petite Barbie from Mattel wearing handmade doll clothes which include a crop top T-shirt and elastic waist sporty shorts. The free printable PDF sewing patterns for making this outfit for your Petite Barbie (or dolls that are similar in size) can be found at ChellyWood.com under the 10-inch doll clothes pattern gallery.

Sew a crop top and shorts for 10-inch (25.5 cm) Petite Barbie dolls w/free patterns @ ChellyWood.com #DollClothes

For your free pattern and tutorial video, please scroll down to the second set of bullets. It’s January. Do you know what that means? It’s summer! — Yes, it’s definitely summer time in the southern half of the planet, so even though I live in the United States, I try to recognize my southern-hemisphere followers and doll clothes sewing fans, every now and then, with … Continue reading Sew a crop top and shorts for 10-inch (25.5 cm) Petite Barbie dolls w/free patterns @ ChellyWood.com #DollClothes

This thumbnail image shows Francie modeling a tank top and matching pants. The text says "free pattern" and, in fact, you can download the free doll clothes patterns for making this and other outfits to fit Francie, at ChellyWood.com

Francie doll clothes patterns are free @ ChellyWood.com #SewingProjects #DollClothesPatterns

For your free patterns and tutorial videos, please scroll down to the second set of bullets. Francie has long been my all-time favorite doll made by Mattel, so I’m excited to start the new year by offering this pattern to fit her! I have posted today’s free pattern before, but it currently only appears in the gallery pages for the Queens of Africa dolls and  Petite … Continue reading Francie doll clothes patterns are free @ ChellyWood.com #SewingProjects #DollClothesPatterns

The image shows a white cell phone on a purple polka dot cotton background. The screen on the cell phone shows a scene from Romeo and Juliet with dolls, which is a stop motion video that doll clothes designer Chelly Wood created, together with the help of her two children. This is the thumbnail image for her first "Let's do a pick" youtube shorts video suggestions and concept announcement.

Let’s play a game with dolls in 2023! #DollCollectors #DollClothesPatterns

If you’re a regular follower on my YouTube channel, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been playing around with YouTube #Shorts lately. My cousin, who runs the ASMR channel, ASMR Tingle and Taps, gave me tips on how to grow my YouTube channel using YouTube Shorts. The Shorts videos I’ve uploaded so far have been doing extremely well, but I haven’t found my “niche” yet. If … Continue reading Let’s play a game with dolls in 2023! #DollCollectors #DollClothesPatterns

Surrounded by a quilted purple and blue frame, we see the logo for Chelly Wood dot com beside a close-up photo of a vintage bubble-cut Barbie wearing a white short sleeved blouse and a puffy green skirt with a waistband. The photo is somewhat pixelated, indicating that it's a vintage photo.

Sewing a shirt from vintage Sew-Easy Advance Barbie Pattern #2896 with varied results… #SewingVintage #DollClothesPatterns

A colleague of mine has two little girls who love Barbie, so of course, I’m sewing them a wardrobe of Barbie clothes for Christmas this year. The first project I decided to tackle was the shirt shown in View 3 of the Sew-Easy Advance Barbie Pattern #2896. When I started the project, I was imagining a super simple short-sleeved top that buttoned in the back. … Continue reading Sewing a shirt from vintage Sew-Easy Advance Barbie Pattern #2896 with varied results… #SewingVintage #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

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

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

On a turquoise blue background, we read the words "Skates, boots, and high-tops." Below this and at a slight angle is a photo of the following (left to right): silver cowboy boots, black army boots, and white ice skates.

The Woes of Buying Doll Boots, Skates, and High-tops on eBay #DollCollector #DollClothesPatterns

Doll boots can be a lot of fun to dress your doll in, when you’re making winter raincoats and ponchos for them to wear in your fall dioramas. But if you’ve ever tried to buy vintage Barbie boots, you’ll probably already be familiar with this little problem: Some sellers on eBay are experts at hiding the flaws in their products. Then, when you buy it … Continue reading The Woes of Buying Doll Boots, Skates, and High-tops on eBay #DollCollector #DollClothesPatterns

The image shows a bare-footed Barbie doll wearing a skirt with a flared ruffle. The words above the photo of the bare feet say, "Where to buy doll shoes."

Where to Buy CUTE Doll Shoes #DollCollector #DollClothesPatterns

Almost exactly a month ago, one of my followers, Nancee, left a comment here in response to my blog post about making the Curvy Barbie High-low dress you see pictured above. Nancee asked, “Where did you get the adorable strappy, yellow shoes in today’s picture? I bought a Yoga Barbie and she did not come with any footwear – not even socks. The shoes I … Continue reading Where to Buy CUTE Doll Shoes #DollCollector #DollClothesPatterns

In a purple frame, a doll wearing Renaissance clothes including a cloak, the harlequin tunic, and bicolored pants, holds up a handmade wine bottle. The words over this photo say, "free pattern" and the ChellyWood.com logo appears in one corner. The photo of the doll is from Chelly Wood's "Romeo and Juliet with Dolls," a stop motion video.

Make my harlequin costume and miniature wine bottle w/today’s free patterns and tutorial videos @ ChellyWood.com #Harlequin #DollClothesPatterns

For your free patterns and tutorial videos, please scroll down to the second set of bullets. In my Romeo and Juliet with Dolls stop motion video, there’s a minor character, Samson, who “begins the fray” in the marketplace, by biting his thumb. This character is played by a Barbie (shown above), wearing what I like to call my “Harlequin” costume (because of the fabric I … Continue reading Make my harlequin costume and miniature wine bottle w/today’s free patterns and tutorial videos @ ChellyWood.com #Harlequin #DollClothesPatterns