A guest post from Kelli:
Growing up, Kayla and I begged and begged for American Girl Dolls. We came up with every possible idea from splitting one to counting it as a birthday and Christmas present (we both have January birthdays), but things didn’t work out. Looking back, we would not have done well with sharing a single doll and we had plenty of dolls to play with otherwise.
When mom and I spent a day in Rochester, we stopped at JoAnn’s where I discovered Simplicity patterns on sale. I bought a few and figured that I would try making a doll outfit (even though I didn’t have a doll….odd I know). Within the next week or so, Mom asked if I minded if we ran to New Hampton to pick up a few things. I told her that was fine with me as long as we were able to stop at the Treasure Chest, one of our favorite thrift stores. When we were there, I found jean jumpers, sweaters, dresses, and many other wonderful finds that could be turned into doll clothes.
I have since acquired two American Girl dolls and have had a wonderful time making them outfits and accessories, but was finding myself in a bit of a slump with the patterns I had, so you can imagine my excitement when Mom told me that she had received a book order in the mail.
Amongst the books she received was Doll Fashion Studio. Inside, I discovered a plethora of wonderful doll outfits to dress Kit and Kirsten in for all seasons!
The sundress on the right initially looked a bit challenging as it has a sweetheart neckline that is trimmed with rickrack. After reading the directions, I had full confidence that I could complete the outfit. One thing that I really like about the book is that there are only a few pattern pieces that need to be cut out and then the rest of the cutting directions are given so that they can be cut using a rotary cutter (just be careful to not cut your thumb…it’s not very conducive to sewing). It’s a great transition from quilting to doll clothes making, especially if you aren’t someone who’s fond of cutting notches.
Another thing that I really liked about the book is that the pattern directions are simply written and easy to understand. From start to finish, I only spent maybe an hour on each outfit.
I was so excited, that I have even picked out my next project, a purple party birthday dress.