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

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

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

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

Inside a purple and turquoise quilted frame, we see the ChellyWood.com logo and a curvy Barbie with pink hair standing next to the vintage 5731 Simplicity Tressy doll clothes pattern. The Curvy Barbie wears a white top and burgundy short skirt / miniskirt / mini-skirt.

Can a Curvy Barbie wear Tressy doll clothes? #DollClothesPatterns #SewVintage

Yes, this blog post gives you one more fashion option for your Curvy Barbie! The outfit shown above was part of an ensemble I put together for a little girl I know. As you can see in the image below, I re-created the ruffle blouse from View 2 of this Simplicity Tressy doll clothes pattern 5731. To give you a little history, I found this … Continue reading Can a Curvy Barbie wear Tressy doll clothes? #DollClothesPatterns #SewVintage

A quilted fabric frame surrounds a photo of a vintage Barbie with dark brown hair. The doll stands beside the Tressy doll clothes Simplicity pattern 5731. The Mattel vintage Barbie wears an outfit from the cover of the Simplicity Tressy doll clothes pattern. Her handmade doll clothes include a pink jumper-style dress and a white blouse that's worn under the strappy jumper dress.

Can a vintage Barbie wear Tressy doll clothes? #DollClothesPatterns #VintageBarbie

Based on the image above, it certainly does look like a Vintage Barbie CAN wear vintage Tressy doll clothes patterns! I blogged about this outfit a bit last week, and I mentioned that this was part of an ensemble I put together for a little girl from my area whose family knows me. As you can see in the image below, I re-created the dress … Continue reading Can a vintage Barbie wear Tressy doll clothes? #DollClothesPatterns #VintageBarbie

A made-to-move Barbie doll holds up a copy of Simplicity's American Character Inc. Tressy doll pattern number 5731. The Chellywood.com logo is sideways standing next to and parallel to Made to Move Barbie. The whole image is framed by a purple and blue quilt.

Can a modern Made-to-Move Barbie wear “Tressy” doll clothes? #DollClothesPatterns #SewingProjects

Please take a close look at View 2 in the Simplicity Tressy doll clothes pattern #5731, in the image above. I was very curious about this frilly little blouse that the doll is wearing in View 2, and I especially wondered if Tressy (a 12 inch doll made by American Character, Inc.) could clothing swap with my Made-to-Move Barbies. So to nobody’s surprise, I sewed … Continue reading Can a modern Made-to-Move Barbie wear “Tressy” doll clothes? #DollClothesPatterns #SewingProjects

With a close-up photo of Made to Move Barbie's Bermuda shorts from the back, we can see the double-stitching detail around the pocket, the fact that the tank top is lined with a burgundy-on-white print cotton fabric, and the tank top closes at the back with red Velcro. The words that slant across this image sideways say, "make room for a pocket." The ChellyWood.com logo appears in the lower right hand side of the image.

A sewing tip: something to think about when you add a pocket! #SewingTips for #DollClothesPatterns

Yesterday I did a blog post showing you how I made a pair of Bermuda shorts from my Simplicity 7928 doll clothes pattern, along with my own reversible tank top pattern, which is, of course, free on this website. As I said yesterday, I’ve found that I can learn a lot by sewing other people’s patterns, and I especially love to take other people’s patterns … Continue reading A sewing tip: something to think about when you add a pocket! #SewingTips for #DollClothesPatterns

In the middle of a quilted frame, Simplicity 7928 craft pattern (for making Barbie and Ken doll clothes) is shown, with a bright blue arrow pointing at View 2, which shows Barbie in a Hawaiian shirt, a summer swimsuit top, and a pair of Bermuda shorts. There are other outfits on the pattern as well, including Ken shorts, a Ken Hawaiian shirt, a Ken pair of pants, a Ken T-shirt, and a Barbie muumuu dress, a Barbie strapless evening gown, a Barbie business dress with jacket, and a Barbie cotton shirt that ties at the waist with a pair of Barbie ankle pants.

Sew a pair of Bermuda shorts with vintage Simplicity 7928 #DollClothesPatterns for #FashionDolls

Today’s project was part of my adventure in sewing some of my vintage patterns, in combination with some of my own patterns. You’ll remember that I made this adorable ensemble for a little girl who lives in my area: See those Bermuda shorts in the foreground? They came from my Simplicity 7928 pattern, from my collection of old doll clothes patterns. Over the years, I’ve … Continue reading Sew a pair of Bermuda shorts with vintage Simplicity 7928 #DollClothesPatterns for #FashionDolls

Surrounded by a quilted frame in the colors turquoise blue and various shades of purple, we see the ChellyWood.com logo and beside it, the envelope for Simplicity 9138 (a pattern that will fit vintage Crissy dolls).

I just added this Crissy doll pattern to my private collection! #HappyToday about #DollClothesPatterns

I’ve been an Ideal Crissy doll fan since my childhood, when these hair-growing dolls first became popular, so it may seem hard to believe that I’ve never owned a Crissy doll clothes pattern. Until now! My birthday was in March, and for my birthday, I splurged and purchased this lovely Simplicity 9138 doll clothes pattern for 17 and a half inch dolls. Now you may … Continue reading I just added this Crissy doll pattern to my private collection! #HappyToday about #DollClothesPatterns