Do you remember any of the goodies pictured in my Barbie “World of Fashion” catalog from 1985? I own an old catalog insert that came with a Barbie from this era, and I’m selling this little catalog in my eBay store this week. As I got my Barbie catalog ready for this sale, I decided this would make a great blog topic! So I thought … Continue reading Did you own a Barbie car? Join the conversation @ ChellyWood.com #VintageDolls #VintageToys
For your free patterns and tutorial videos, please scroll down to the second set of bullets. I often have people contact me with pattern requests, and one of the requests that pops up frequently is, “Please make more patterns for vintage Barbies.” Some of the doll clothes patterns I’ve posted in the Modern and Made-to-Move Barbie clothes pattern gallery will fit your vintage Barbie dolls, … Continue reading Sew a pair of jeans and a T-shirt for your vintage Barbie with free patterns @ ChellyWood.com #DollClothes #BarbieStyle
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
I often get doll clothes requests for doll clothes patterns for vintage dolls. I don’t actually own a vintage Skipper or Skooter, though, so I haven’t been able to help anyone who requests doll clothes for those two dolls. However, I do own the Vogue Craft pattern shown at the top of this page. I bought this pattern in the late 1990’s or early 2000’s, … Continue reading Chelly Wood recommends this Vogue pattern for vintage Skipper or Skooter dolls… #SkipperDoll #DollCollectors
If you’ve been sewing for dolls for very long, you’re probably aware that doll underpants patterns are hard to come by. Of course, I have free underpants patterns on this website, and my patterns will fit lots of dolls, including the 6 inch American Girl dolls, Skipper, Barbie, and many Barbie-sized dolls, in addition to my baby doll bloomers and 18″ doll underpants pattern. (Click … Continue reading Vintage Barbie doll clothes patterns with underpants pattern — try McCall Pattern #6420 #VintageBarbie #VintageSewing
People use my Contact Form to ask me all kinds of questions about sewing doll clothes. One question I’ve seen a few times in the past couple of years is… What pattern would you recommend for sewing a Barbie-sized poodle skirt? A classic poodle skirt is usually made using a circular pattern with a waistband. Traditionally, the skirt will be embellished with a felt image … Continue reading What pattern would be best for a Barbie Poodle Skirt? — fan mail answers @ ChellyWood.com #Sewing #DollClothes
If you’d like to make one of the outfits shown in this gallery, just follow these directions: Click on the photograph of the outfit you’d like to sew. This will take you to a larger image of the photo. Beneath the larger image is a link to a blog post for all the free doll clothes patterns and tutorials you’ll need to make that outfit. … Continue reading Free Sewing Patterns for Vintage Barbie Dolls (Gallery)
If you’d like to make one of the outfits shown in this gallery, just follow these directions: Click on the photograph of the outfit you’d like to sew. This will take you to a larger image of the photo. Beneath the larger image is a link to a blog post for all the free doll clothes patterns and tutorials you’ll need to make that outfit. … Continue reading Free Sewing Patterns for Vintage Francie Dolls (Gallery)
Today’s tutorial shows you how to make a summer dress, using the free, printable sewing pattern I posted yesterday, but just in case you missed that pattern, here it is again: Free printable sewing pattern for a Barbie summer dress As the tutorial video explains, this pattern will fit the older Barbies (which have a bigger bust), and it will also fit the newer Barbies … Continue reading Free Barbie #dolls #summer dress pattern and tutorial #youcanbeanything
Sorry about the nude dolls everyone! But I often get questions about the differences between vintage Barbies made by Mattel and today’s Barbies. The photo above shows that their bodies are definitely different. How are they different, though? Will the older doll’s clothes fit the newer dolls and vice versa? I’ve been asked this question often, over the years, and I can tell you a … Continue reading Vintage #Barbie #patterns on new Barbie #dolls @ ChellyWood.com
Sorry for the nude Barbies®, everyone, but I wanted to show you how different these dolls look. Note the significant change in the bust, waist, and hip areas in particular. So do the two dolls’ patterns match up exactly? I’ve been asked this question often, over the years, and I can tell you a little about my own experiences with older patterns on modern … Continue reading Do #Vintage Barbie #Patterns Fit New #Barbies?
I’ve been asked this question often, over the years, and I can tell you a little about my own experiences with older patterns on modern Barbies. However I do not work for Mattel or one of the professional pattern makers. I have been sewing for Barbie since I was a child in the 1970’s, though, and I sew for both vintage and newer Barbies. I have measured … Continue reading Do #Vintage Barbie #Patterns Fit New #Barbies?