In preparation for Christmas as well as a birthday (this week!), I have been sewing some doll clothes for the little girls. This is such fun sewing! I have several more on the cutting table, but thought I’d share a few before they leave the house. These are for the 18″ dolls such as the American Girl dolls, Gotz dolls, etc.
I have my wonderful Dolly’s Wardrobe book, which has patterns that match the Children’s Corner patterns. You can still purchase this book from Children’s Corner store. I used these patterns to make doll clothes for our daughter, and used them again for the granddaughter’s.
I had a couple blouses cut out and partially sewn from when our youngest daughter still played with dolls. They are vintage now! LOL! So, I finished one of them up to go under a jumper.
The jumper pattern is from Genniewren and goes together very quickly. Her patterns are excellent as are the instructions. I used the a-line dress pattern, but didn’t do the color blocking for this dress. It’s an easy change to make. If you don’t want to change up that pattern, her Melanie pattern top could be used – just add length.
I have another jumper made, but need to make a blouse to go with it yet.
The next dress made turned out so sweet! I love smocking and was thrilled to make up this Lucy dress pattern. I made up my own smocking design, though Genine has a pretty smocking design included with the pattern. I think this is my new favorite dress pattern!
Instead of embroidering small flowers, I used tiny buttons from a craft pack. That worked out great and was very quick and easy.
The last finished outfits are pants and a smocked top. Genine made the top pattern to match my Temily top that was in the Australian Smocking and Embroidery magazine several years ago. It has just a bit of smocking in the center. Her top pattern is called Kataya. The pants are a very quick sew with an elastic waist. I used the Melanie pattern and added length to the pants. The pants can be worn with either of the tops.
I did make a change to the top pattern and had it open all the way down the top for easier dressing. I wanted to make this as easy as possible so that “mom” didn’t have to be involved in dressing the dolls. LOL!
Again, I did my own smocking design, though Genine provides a pretty smocking design in the pattern. This is such a small section to smock, it can be finished in about 1/2 hour.
On this white top, I decided to try the neckband without elastic and with only a bias band. It worked out well, but in the end, I prefer the elastic.
For all the doll outfits, I used snaps for the closures. I like the Snap Source snaps – they come in so many colors and with either a closed cap or an open cap. For the doll clothes, I used the size 14.
Today I’ll wrap up a couple of these for the birthday party, and save the others for Christmas. I have many more needed for Christmas!!! Next up for sewing is the doll coat pattern! I can’t wait to sew this up – it’s cut and ready!!!
Have you started your Christmas sewing yet? If not, I highly recommend the Genniewren patterns as well as the Children’s Corner Dressing Dolly book.