With Christmas right around the corner, I have been busy with the last few dolly outfits for the little girls. When I make them, I can customize them so that they work best for the girls.
The first set of outfits are doll jumpers and blouses that will match Ella and Eva’s jumpers. I used the same featherwale corduroy. The pattern is the Mary De pattern from the Children’s Corner Dolly’s Wardrobe book.. I love how quick and easy the jumper is to make. I could only eek out the 2 jumpers with the fabric left and ended up piecing together one of the bodice pieces, so I disguised that with some lace and ribbon trim. The blouse is also from the same book. I hate making the doll blouses – those collars are something that I just don’t enjoy making! So, for the gingham blouse I made a ruffle around the neckline and I also changed the sleeves slightly.
The next dress that was made was stitched from some piqué scraps and I love the way that this dress turned out! The pattern is the Betsy dress from Genniewren. As always, her pattern instructions are excellent and the finished dress is adorable. Genine gives wonderful tips for the new seamstress so that the pattern is also a tool for learning new techniques. I chose to leave off the belt and used red piping at the waistline instead.
The next winter outfit is a featherwale corduroy jumper and the same blouse from the Mary De pattern, but with the ruffle neckline. The jumper pattern is the A-Line Color Blocked dress from Genniewren, but I didn’t use color blocking. It made the jumper very quick and easy to make.
I decided that Livvy also needed a Christmas dress for her doll and I had this cute Christmas fabric in my stash. I had this brilliant (NOT!) idea to make the Mary De jumper but add the blouse sleeves so that I didn’t have to make a blouse. In my mind, this was going to be quick and easy. Well, it didn’t exactly work out that way! 😂 I did add the sleeves, but doubt that I’ll be doing that again right away as it was rather tricky. LOL! I do love the way the dress turned out though. Livvy will love the sparkly rickrack used at the hem.
The last outfit that I stitched was the coat and hat – again from Genniewren. This is called the Carla coat. There are several options and lengths that you can make this coat. I chose to make the long coat and I do hope to make one of the shorter versions as well. After all, I’m sure that all the dolls will need coats! The coat is completely lined and has an adorable hat to go with it. I used some brushed twill from my stash and trimmed the coat and hat with sparkly rickrack as well as some lime green cord. Now it’s time to get wrapping these up and putting them under the tree!
I’m sure that there will be more doll clothes sewing in the near future. I have plenty of the polka dot fabric used to line the coat left and I think it would be so cute to make a dress to go with the coat! That may be next on the sewing table for me.
Is your Christmas sewing finished? Next up is Easter!!! I can hardly wait to start that sewing!