On a blue background, we read the words "Why don't my seams match?" overlapping a photo of fabric that has been sewn askew.

Why don’t my seams match up? 10 tips from doll clothing designer Chelly Wood #SewingTips #DollClothesPatterns

I’ve done a number of different “sewing tip” blog posts on the ensemble you see in the image above, but what you may not have noticed is that my seams didn’t always match up when I made these garments. “What?!” you say. “How can that be? You’re the expert!” When you sew doll clothes, and especially when sewing very small doll clothes, you can expect … Continue reading Why don’t my seams match up? 10 tips from doll clothing designer Chelly Wood #SewingTips #DollClothesPatterns

This is a pattern review for the See and Sew 18 inch doll pattern for a bathrobe, dress, and sweat pants set. The review is written by doll clothing designer, ChellyWood. The image shows the front of the original pattern, published by Butterick in 2009.

Make an 18-inch doll’s winter coat from a bathrobe pattern #WinterSewing #DollClothesPatterns

On this website, I get frequent requests for new patterns to fit 18 inch dolls. One request that pops up from time to time is, “Can you make a coat pattern?” When I get these requests, I remind my followers that such patterns exist, and they’re not that hard to find! Today’s pattern review for the See & Sew B5414 is one such pattern. A … Continue reading Make an 18-inch doll’s winter coat from a bathrobe pattern #WinterSewing #DollClothesPatterns

This photo shows a Rainbow High Sheryl doll modeling a pair of denim jeans (dungarees), a long-sleeved T-shirt, and a pair of Mary Jane style shoes. The words "free pattern" overlap the photo, and the ChellyWood.com logo is in the corner. The whole text and images are framed by a light blue linen square.

Make a long-sleeved shirt and jeans for Rainbow High w/Free #DollClothesPatterns #SewWithMe

For your free patterns and tutorial videos, please scroll down to the second set of bullets. I got my Rainbow High doll for Christmas last year from my best friend, and I’ve really enjoyed making a wardrobe for her with lots of mix-and-match colors and fabrics! Thanks Dani B. for the awesome “Secret Santa” gift! Did you notice that my Sheryl Rainbow High doll is … Continue reading Make a long-sleeved shirt and jeans for Rainbow High w/Free #DollClothesPatterns #SewWithMe

On a purple background, we see a woman's fingers holding a recently sewn strap under the title "straps and belts" on a purple square background.

Tips for Sewing Tiny Straps and Belts with Chelly Wood #SewingTips #DollClothesPatterns

The arrows in the image at the top of this page point to the feed dogs on a sewing machine. These are the “teeth” that grab the fabric and move it along when you press your foot against the pedal that makes your sewing machine move. Those of us who have been sewing doll clothes for a while have run across the problem of not … Continue reading Tips for Sewing Tiny Straps and Belts with Chelly Wood #SewingTips #DollClothesPatterns

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 #WinterSewing #DollClothes

I already posted this pattern discussion back in January, but I do like to offer winter topics in June or July, every now and then, to honor my followers who live in parts of the world where it’s currently winter (for example New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Bolivia, Argentina, etcetera). In fact, my brother-in-law’s family comes from Argentina, and that part of my family is … Continue reading Make Barbie a winter coat, hat, and purse with Simplicity doll clothes pattern 7601 #WinterSewing #DollClothes

This photo shows a Rainbow High Sheryl doll modeling a pair of shorts, a long-sleeved T-shirt, and a pair of mauve plastic high-heeled shoes. The words "free pattern" overlap the photo, and the ChellyWood.com logo is in the corner. The whole text and images are framed by a light blue linen square.

Sew a pair of shorts and a long-sleeved shirt for Rainbow High dolls w/ free patterns #DollClothesPatterns #SummerSewing

For your free patterns and tutorial videos, please scroll down to the second set of bullets. Yesterday I gave you the pattern and tutorial for making just the shirt. Well here’s a nice summer outfit combination with the long-sleeved jersey-fabric shirt paired with lightweight cotton print shorts. To make the fashions you see in the photo above, you’ll want to make your shorts out of … Continue reading Sew a pair of shorts and a long-sleeved shirt for Rainbow High dolls w/ free patterns #DollClothesPatterns #SummerSewing

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 purple and turquoise fabric quilt frame, we see see two doll clothes patterns for Mattel Skipper dolls inside the frame with a woman's torso over the top. The woman, who wears a yellow blouse, has her hands up and her shoulders shrugging, with a curious look on her face. There are question marks dancing around her. The ChellyWood.com logo appears to the side of these images.

Not all Skipper patterns are alike! #BuyerBeware #DollClothesPatterns

As the heading for today’s blog post states, “Not all Skipper patterns are alike!” You see, Skipper has undergone quite a few changes over time. The earliest rendition of Skipper was a nine-inch doll with no bust and a fairly inflexible body. Here’s my vintage Skipper, modeling a poodle skirt:   In the 1980’s, she became taller but still didn’t have much of a bust.  During … Continue reading Not all Skipper patterns are alike! #BuyerBeware #DollClothesPatterns

On a purple cotton background with tiny white polka dots, we see the words "why snaps?" and beneath this heading, a photo of a woman's hand holding a package of 12 Dritz snaps. In the corner of this image is the ChellyWood.com logo.

Why I love Dritz sew-on snaps (and how to read a Dritz snaps card)! #SewingOnline #DollClothesPatterns

Yesterday I did a blog post asking you which one you liked better: Velcro, or snaps, for the back closure of your doll clothes garments. Although I use both kinds of closures, I prefer snaps, and as I have said many times before on this website, I prefer Dritz snaps to other brands. That’s because Dritz snaps come on a cardstock sheet, so you can … Continue reading Why I love Dritz sew-on snaps (and how to read a Dritz snaps card)! #SewingOnline #DollClothesPatterns

Velcro or snaps? Which one do you prefer and why…? #SewingChat #DollClothesPatterns

Velcro. It’s that fabulous hook-and-eye stuff that you can sew onto fabric, making a doll dress or shirt’s back closure easy for children to take off and put back on. But is it the best closure method for your doll clothes? In today’s blog post, I’m going to explain when I use Velcro for my doll clothes and when I use snaps. Plus, at the … Continue reading Velcro or snaps? Which one do you prefer and why…? #SewingChat #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