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

Image of African American doll with natural afro hair under a cap. Doll is wearing medieval garb.

Who is your favorite #AfricanAmerican doll? Leave a comment @ ChellyWood.com

This is “Soul” from Hasbro’s World of Love doll collection. She has always been my favorite African American doll, even though she’s only moderately articulated. Why do I love this doll so much? She brings me happy memories of my childhood! When I was growing up in the early 1970’s, dolls who really looked African American were unheard-of. True, they had Barbies who were dark complected, … Continue reading Who is your favorite #AfricanAmerican doll? Leave a comment @ ChellyWood.com