Tips and tricks for beginners learning to sew: What if doll clothes don’t fit? @ ChellyWood.com #SewingTips #LearningToSew

The dress at the top of this post was supposed to have long sleeves. In fact, I was using my own “candy corn party dress” pattern, which you can see below, but the pattern didn’t fit! So this is a little bit embarrassing! After I attached the cuff to the dress’s sleeve (see image below) and sewed up the sides, I tried the bodice on … Continue reading Tips and tricks for beginners learning to sew: What if doll clothes don’t fit? @ ChellyWood.com #SewingTips #LearningToSew

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

Image shows a caucasian person's fingers holding fabric that has been decorated with an array of bright-colored flowers. Overlay says, "How to Buy Fabric" and offers the URL ChellyWood.com

How to Buy Fabric for Making Doll Clothes @ ChellyWood.com #DollClothes #Sewing

Once when I was at the dentist office, I mentioned to the receptionist that I make doll clothes. “I wish I could do that!” she said. So I told her about my sewing tutorials and explained that she can easily learn how to sew using YouTube tutorials just like mine. “But I don’t know how to buy material,” she said. Since I came from a … Continue reading How to Buy Fabric for Making Doll Clothes @ ChellyWood.com #DollClothes #Sewing

You are viewing a Mattel Stacie doll wearing a white handmade crop top and yellow handmade underpants. The doll appears to be doing jumping jacks with arms up in the air and legs spread wide.

What should you do when the doll clothes you’ve sewn do not fit? #DollClothes #sewing

Yes, as you can see in the image above, even I have epic fails in the world of sewing! Those undies definitely do not fit that doll! I made those underpants to go with an ensemble I’m planning to sell in my eBay store, starting tomorrow. It’s a collection of vintage and handmade doll clothes for the old Sunshine Family dolls from the 1970’s. However … Continue reading What should you do when the doll clothes you’ve sewn do not fit? #DollClothes #sewing

This image is a screenshot of the Barbie gallery page, showing all the sewing patterns Chelly Wood has designed to fit just the Mattel Made-to-Move and regular Barbie dolls. There are probably close to 50 outfits pictured here. Some are marked with a star, and all of these photos represent free patterns found on the ChellyWood.com website of free patterns. To learn more about what the star means (it appears on a small portion of the photos) please visit ChellyWood.com and search for Chelly's New Year's goals for 2021. The article that accompanies this image celebrates Chelly Wood's accomplishments at creating a library of free doll clothes sewing patterns, but it also helps her set her New Year's resolution to convert JPG patterns to PDFs for easier downloads for all who frequent this website.

Doll Clothes Sewing Pattern PDF Conversion Goals for 2021 @ ChellyWood.com #BarbiePatterns #FreeSewingPatterns

As I type this blog post, it is 1 January 2021. Yes, I type up my blog posts at least one week before they go public on this website. So you might be wondering what the image at the top of this page is all about… It’s a celebration of all I’ve accomplished in 2020, and this blog post is also a public declaration of … Continue reading Doll Clothes Sewing Pattern PDF Conversion Goals for 2021 @ ChellyWood.com #BarbiePatterns #FreeSewingPatterns

This is the featured image for an article on mixing and matching doll clothes patterns. It shows Butterick Craft pattern 4687 followed by a plus sign, followed by a close-up image of two doll clothes items from McCall's Craft Pattern 83428, followed by an "equals" sign, followed by a completed doll dress and pinafore. The dress pattern came from McCall's craft pattern 83428 while the pinafore pattern came from Butterick pattern #4687. This outfit was made by Chelly Wood, the doll clothing designer. She combined the McCall's pattern (which was incomplete) with the Butterick pattern to create the handmade dress and pinafore we see in this featured image. The website where Chelly Wood posts her sewing adventures in making doll clothes like this is watermarked on this "formula" image: ChellyWood.com so please visit ChellyWood.com for free printable sewing patterns and tutorial videos for making doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes.

Mix and match doll clothes patterns when a pattern piece is missing #SewingTips #DollClothes @ ChellyWood.com

Last week I showed you a pretty elastic-waist and elastic-neckline Barbie dress that I made, using McCall’s “Teen Doll” Barbie Clothes Sewing Pattern #3429, which was first published in the 1970’s. Here’s the link to that blog post, if you’re curious, and here’s the doll dress I made, using that pattern: Unfortunately, the McCall’s “Teen Doll” Barbie Clothes Sewing Pattern #3429 was missing its pinafore … Continue reading Mix and match doll clothes patterns when a pattern piece is missing #SewingTips #DollClothes @ ChellyWood.com

The image shows words on a quilt-like fabric background. The words read: "Sewing Tips for Beginners: How to Buy Fabric." This image comes from ChellyWood.com

How to Choose Fabric for Making Doll Clothes #Sewing #HolidayCrafts #SewingTipTuesday

I grew up in a family full of seamstresses. So to me, shopping for fabric was no more difficult than buying a piece of candy at a convenience store. But to the absolute beginner, the cutting counter at a fabric store can seem a little daunting. I designed this step-by-step guide for buying doll clothes fabric, keeping in mind that some people are brand new … Continue reading How to Choose Fabric for Making Doll Clothes #Sewing #HolidayCrafts #SewingTipTuesday

In this image, the Chelly Wood doll holds up McCall's "teen doll" pattern #3429 which was published in 1972. In the blog post at ChellyWood.com, where this pattern is discussed, Chelly Wood (a doll clothing pattern designer) asks the question, "Do you prefer to come up with your own fabric concepts, or do you like to choose a fabric that matches the illustration on the front of the doll clothes pattern?" The Chelly Wood doll is actually a Spin Master Liv doll that has been made over to look like the actual doll clothes pattern designer, Chelly Wood.

Do you follow fabric suggestions on patterns? Join the discussion @ ChellyWood.com #SewingChat #Fabric

Do you prefer to come up with your own fabric concepts, or do you like to choose a fabric that matches the illustration on the front of a doll clothes pattern? When I was younger, I used to scour my small town’s tiny fabric store for fabric that sort of matched what was in the illustration on the front of a pattern. I’d make my … Continue reading Do you follow fabric suggestions on patterns? Join the discussion @ ChellyWood.com #SewingChat #Fabric

The image shows an American Girl Kaya doll wearing handmade doll clothes and carrying a handmade duffle bag / overnight bag / gym bag. She's also wearing handmade sandals. Her outfit consists of an easy to sew halter top and elastic waist lavender colored pants / trousers. She's standing on the sand at a beach with the ocean and a fancy beach house that resembles a castle behind her. The watermark tells you where you can download the free printable PDF sewing pattern for making the whole doll clothes ensemble: ChellyWood.com

Sew a complete outfit for your 18-inch dolls w/free patterns @ ChellyWood.com #AmSewing #DollClothes

  Scroll down to the second set of bullets for the free PDF sewing patterns. One of my fans or followers desperately needed a PDF of 18-inch doll pants at the start of November, so about a week ago, I hastily started converting all the parts and pieces of the outfit you see at the top of this blog post. These patterns had previously been … Continue reading Sew a complete outfit for your 18-inch dolls w/free patterns @ ChellyWood.com #AmSewing #DollClothes

The image shows an 18-inch doll holding up a gym bag with straps and pockets. The gym bag is handmade, and you can download the free printable PDF sewing pattern for making this gym bag or duffle bag or overnight bag or dolls at ChellyWood.com. In fact, click on the link in the caption, and it will take you to a page where you can download the free sewing pattern for making this overnight bag.

Free pattern for 18-inch doll’s gym bag or duffle bag @ ChellyWood.com #AmericanGirlDolls #DollCrafts

Last week I gave you the patterns and tutorials for making the halter top and lilac-colored pants for 18″ dolls, but I didn’t include the pattern for the gym bag and sandals. Well, today I’m including those items’ patterns. This tutorial is an older one, but today is the first time I’ve offered this gym bag pattern as a free printable PDF sewing pattern. Scroll … Continue reading Free pattern for 18-inch doll’s gym bag or duffle bag @ ChellyWood.com #AmericanGirlDolls #DollCrafts

Here we see the ChellyWood doll holding up Simplicity doll clothes pattern 4786, which is particularly popular if you're looking for 18 inch doll clothes patterns for coats or jackets or winter clothing. It includes patterns for pullovers, a ski-like zip-front jacket, and a woolly long coat for winter. It also includes long sleeve shirt and jeans or pants or dungaree patterns.

Where to find good coat patterns for 18 inch dolls like #AmericanGirlDolls and #JourneyGirls

Last week my inbox was flooded with people asking me questions and making requests. Yes, the holiday sewing season is upon us, and our kids and grandkids are hoping we’ll make them lots of lovely doll clothes for Christmas! One of the requests I received was for a coat pattern for 18-inch dolls. In my response to this request, I pointed out that you can … Continue reading Where to find good coat patterns for 18 inch dolls like #AmericanGirlDolls and #JourneyGirls

The image shows a Kaya doll from American Girl wearing a handmade halter top and handmade pants with an elastic waist. She's standing on a beach with a rocky cliff behind her. If you'd like to download and print the free patterns for making the doll's halter top and pants, please go to ChellyWood.com and click on the "18 inch doll clothes patterns" link on the home page. Then follow a series of links to a gallery with this pattern displayed.

Sew a pair of pants and an easy halter top for 18″ dolls with these free patterns @ ChellyWood.com #18inchDolls #DollClothes

Scroll down to the second set of bullets for the free PDF sewing patterns. Earlier this week, I got a comment from someone who noticed that the lilac-colored pants pattern is still only available on this website as a JPG image. I mean, it’s not impossible to manipulate a JPG image and print it to scale, and a lot of my patterns do have a … Continue reading Sew a pair of pants and an easy halter top for 18″ dolls with these free patterns @ ChellyWood.com #18inchDolls #DollClothes