This image is a quilt-like square with the Chelly Wood logo turned on its side. Beside the logo, we see a photo of Simplicity doll clothes pattern 8466 from the late 1960's or early 1970's. The dolls on the cover of this pattern are dressed in various fashions including one long dress pattern that uses an empire waist.

Vintage Barbie pattern for dress with an “empire waist” #SewVintage #DollClothes

Every now and then, I have people request that I design “Jane Austen character dresses.” What I suspect they want is a dress with an “empire waist.” As you can see in the image below, the vintage Simplicity doll clothes pattern number 8466 actually offers a ball gown with an empire waist (see View 4): However the empire waist style of dress that women actually … Continue reading Vintage Barbie pattern for dress with an “empire waist” #SewVintage #DollClothes

In this screenshot, we see a 17 inch Barbie modeling several different doll clothes that are offered on Chelly Wood dot com, a free doll clothes pattern sewing website. 17 inch Barbie models jeans, shorts, shirts, a skirt, and a jacket in various combinations and fabrics.

17 inch Dreamtopia Endless Hair Kingdom Princess Barbie FREE Doll Clothes Patterns (Gallery)

Please click on the doll clothes you would like to make. Not what you’re looking for? Behind the scenes, I’m creating a series of classes that will teach you how to design your own doll clothes. My classes will be available through C&T Publishing’s Creative Spark platform, starting in 2022. Click on the link provided to learn more about my own classes and the other wonderful courses you can take … Continue reading 17 inch Dreamtopia Endless Hair Kingdom Princess Barbie FREE Doll Clothes Patterns (Gallery)

This is the featured image for a page that offers a gallery of different doll clothes patterns that are free on the internet. It shows Gooliope Jellington the 17 inch doll in two different outfits including a summer dress and a pair of jeans with a shirt. These patterns are free and printable at Chelly Wood dot com

Freak du Chic 17 inch Monster High FREE Doll Clothes Patterns (Gallery)

Please click on the doll clothes you would like to make. Not what you’re looking for? Behind the scenes, I’m creating a series of classes that will teach you how to design your own doll clothes. My classes will be available through C&T Publishing’s Creative Spark platform, starting in 2022. Click on the link provided to learn more about my own classes and the other wonderful courses you can take … Continue reading Freak du Chic 17 inch Monster High FREE Doll Clothes Patterns (Gallery)

Image of "Sew-Easy Patterns by Advance" vintage Mattel, Inc. Toymakers Barbie doll clothes sewing pattern #2895 with the ChellyWood logo, surrounded by a variety of quilting fabrics in turquoise blue and purple.

Barbie gloves or mittens #VintageBarbie #DollClothes

Back in June, I did a review of this Mattel Advance Sew Easy pattern number 2895, with a focus on the wedding dress and veil. Today I’m going to look at the Barbie gloves. Every now and then, I’ve gotten requests in my in-box for designing Barbie gloves or mittens. I’d like to be able to tell you that this Mattel Advance doll clothes pattern … Continue reading Barbie gloves or mittens #VintageBarbie #DollClothes

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

It’s summer time in the northern hemisphere, but it’s the dead of winter in our planet’s southern hemisphere, so today’s blog post is for my followers in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and South America. 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 … Continue reading What Fabrics to Use When Sewing Doll Coats

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.

18-inch doll bathrobe and pajamas #Sewing #DollClothes

On this website, I get frequent requests for new patterns to fit 18 inch dolls. One request that pops up more often than others is a request for pajamas and a bathrobe. 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. … Continue reading 18-inch doll bathrobe and pajamas #Sewing #DollClothes

Holly Hobby Patterns Past and Present! #HollyHobby #DollClothes

Are you old enough to remember the original Holly Hobby? Today’s vintage pattern on the discussion table is a Holly Hobby doll and clothes (Simplicity #6006) pattern which is marked with a copyright from 1973. In the comments, feel free to write your memories of Holly Hobby. Or, if you’re a fan of the new Holly Hobby show on Hulu, leave a comment on that … Continue reading Holly Hobby Patterns Past and Present! #HollyHobby #DollClothes

A square purple and turquoise quilt image frames the McCalls M6233 Baby doll Clothes sewing pattern. The watermark for ChellyWood.com accompanies the photograph of the doll clothes pattern.

Baby BOY doll clothes? Yup! #DollClothes #SewingPatterns

I often get “fan mail” asking, “Will you please design more doll clothes for boy dolls?” and then the email mentions the type of doll they want “male doll clothes” for. Chances are, I already have a pattern that will most likely work. That’s because boys’ clothes and girls’ clothes really aren’t that different, if you use your imagination. Take the McCall’s Craft Pattern M6233 … Continue reading Baby BOY doll clothes? Yup! #DollClothes #SewingPatterns

The square turquoise-and-purple frame looks like a miniature quilt frame surrounding the image of Simplicity doll dress pattern number 4364 and the new Chelly Wood logo. Visit ChellyWood.com to read the article that accompanies this image, entitled, "What are the easiest doll dress patterns to sew?"

What are the easiest doll dress patterns to sew? #18inchDolls #DollClothes

There are several factors that contribute to the ease or difficulty in sewing a doll dress pattern. In my humble opinion, as a doll clothing designer who has been sewing for half a century, here are four factors to consider when picking out an “easy-to-sew” doll dress pattern: Pattern maker Type of skirt Sleeves Collars   Let’s talk about pattern makers. The Simplicity pattern company … Continue reading What are the easiest doll dress patterns to sew? #18inchDolls #DollClothes

The image shows a Project MC Squared (MC2) Camryn Coyle doll wearing handmade doll clothes, including a crop top T-shirt made of navy blue jersey fabric and a pair of printed "girl power"-themed jersey fabric shorts to match in navy, white, and pink patterns. She stands with one hand on her hip. The text overlaid on the image says, "Free pattern!" The designer, Chelly Wood, has also left her watermark on the image, so everyone knows that they can find the free patterns for sewing these doll clothes for their Project MC2 dolls at ChellyWood.com

Sew a crop top and shorts for 10-inch (25.5 cm) dolls w/free patterns @ ChellyWood.com #ProjectMC2 #DollClothes

For your free pattern and tutorial video, please scroll down to the second set of bullets. Today I’m going to share a pattern that will fit 10 inch dolls with a body type like Mattel’s Skipper, Project MC2, the 10 inch Disney Princess dolls, and many more. It’s a pattern that will help you sew a crop top and shorts. I recommend using a stretchy … Continue reading Sew a crop top and shorts for 10-inch (25.5 cm) dolls w/free patterns @ ChellyWood.com #ProjectMC2 #DollClothes

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

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 Petite Barbie dolls w/free patterns @ ChellyWood.com #PetiteBarbie #DollClothes

For your free pattern and tutorial videos, please scroll down to the second set of bullets. Today I’m going to share a pattern that will fit 10 inch dolls with a body like Mattel’s Petite Barbie. Where I live, in the US state of Idaho, it’s winter time, but in the southern hemisphere of the earth, they are enjoying the warm weather of summer! So … Continue reading Sew a crop top and shorts for Petite Barbie dolls w/free patterns @ ChellyWood.com #PetiteBarbie #DollClothes