Monthly Archives: April 2014

American Girl Doll Sound of Music Inspired Floral Dress

front floral dressThis is inspired by the play clothes Maria makes for the children out of old curtains in The Sound of Music.  I actually made the dress from floral pattern curtain.
For the top of the dress I used the  Free Doll Trendy T-Shirt Pattern on, except I omitted the sleeves.  The skirt I simply made a rectangle of cloth, gathered it, and sewed it to the top.  The back attaches with Velcro, as well as a snap.

angle floral dressNext I’m going to post some jean shorts!





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Leavenworth Summer Theater Casts Announced!

The casts for Leavenworth Summer Theater’s 2014 productions of Fiddler on the Roof and The Drowsy Chaperone have been announced!

Playing the lead role of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof is 5th Avenue Theater vet, Ernest Palmer.  Last year for LST he played Max Detwieler in The Sound of Music and Those Canaan Days soloist in Joseph…

Also in the cast of Fiddler on the Roof is Kelly Allen (Golde), Marissa Ryder (Shaindel), recently seen as Meg in ArtsWest production of Little WomenGary Spees (Rabbi) and Victoria L. Smith (Fiddler).  That’s me!

The daughters of Tevye are played by Sarah Hadley (Tzeitel), Liz Oyama (Hodel), seen as Maria in The Sound of Music at LST in 2012, Kaylene Jackson (Chava), seen last year at LST in The Sound of Music as Liesl, Morgan Van Vleck (Shprintze), and Lexine Forsyth (Bielke).

The three men the oldest daughters married are played by Austin Raver (Motel), Morgan Bader (Perchik), recently seen as John Brooke in the ArtsWest production of Little Women, and Jeremy Adams (Fyedka).

The ensemble is for LST Fiddler on the Roof includes Jeremy Klarich, Arwen Dewey, Lexi Jason, Sarah Karnes, Christina Locatelli, Marissa Ryder, Megan Smith, Josh Preston, and Grayson J. Smith, recently seen as The Artful Dodger in Oliver! at The 5th Avenue Theater.

The Drowsy Chaperone will be led by John Mausser as Man in Chair and Marissa Ryder as Janet.  The cast also includes Daina Toevs (The Chaperone), Morgan Bader (Adolpho), Susan Gubsh (Mrs. Tottendale), Gary Hesse (Underling), Marcus Bingham (Feldzieg), Lexi Jason (Kitty) and Nicholas Main (George).

The ensemble for The Drowsy Chaperone includes Jeremy Adams, Ryan Anderson, Kaylene Jackson, Jeremy Klarich, and Liz Oyama.

The cast for The Sound of Music has not yet been announced.



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American Girl Doll Casual Outfit

casual outfit front

So in my basketball outfit, I used a pattern for the shorts that I decided not to use again.  The reason was because the shorts ended up too tight around the waist.  I tried another shorts pattern for this outfit.  They turned out exactly the opposite.  Way too big.  I’m going to try one more pattern, and then, if it doesn’t work out for a third time, I’ll let it go for a while.

So instead of making jean shorts to go with my blue trendy t-shirt from, I made some stretchy daisy print leggings.  I also used the leggings in my Black and Purple Skirt Outfit.  The leggings are very simple and easy, and take me about 15 – 20 minutes to make without a sewing machine.

Here is the Free Doll Trendy T-Shirt Pattern from

Here is the free leggings pattern from   casual outfit
casual topcasual bottoms


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American Girl Basketball Outfit

basketball outfit

For the shorts I used a pattern that I found on Easy Shorts Pattern.  The shorts were a little small, so I am not going to use this pattern again without altering it.

The top was a free pattern on Free Pattern for American Girl Doll T-Shirt.  To make it a tank, I just left out the sleeves.  I folded over the armholes and hemmed them.

I used an old basketball jersey I had as material.  The jersey was reversible, so the inside of the doll outfit is white, and the outside is red.

I chose not to put anything on the front or back, such as a team name or player number.  It’s more of a practice uniform for my doll, rather than a game outfit.

back of basketball outfitshortstop

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American Girl Doll Clothes — Purple and Black Skirt Outfit

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This outfit is a bunch of different patterns. The t-shirt pattern is from here.  The leggings pattern I found on How to Sew Leggings for American Girl Dolls.  The scarf I made with this tutorial from Pixie Faire: Easy Infinity Scarf.  And lastly, the skirt I didn’t use a pattern for, I just cut a rectangle, hemmed it, sewed a tube at the top and put the elastic through.   The materials I used for this outfit were all from old clothes.

I haven’t fully completed this outfit yet.  Instead of the black t-shirt for a top, I plan to  eventually make a purple t-shirt and put a ruched tank top over it.

Here are each of the items in the outfit.  They were all super easy to make, and I do everything hand stitched.

skirt leggings  scarf shirt

I’m currently working on a basketball jersey outfit!  I will post it soon!



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American Girl Doll Clothes — One Shoulder Dress

I have never purchased clothes for my American Girl Just Like You Doll, except for a pair of white ice skates.  I make all the clothes myself!  I have done a ton of research searching for free patterns, and have had some success.

I found this pattern on  This is the link to the pattern and instructions:  One Shoulder Dress Tutorial.  The skirt turned out a little shorter than I had expected, but  now she could wear it with white tights and go ice skating in the winter!

close up glitter dress back glitter dressfront glitter dress









Next is a purple and black skirt outfit!

Comment if you decide to make this, or Like if you like my version of the dress!


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Strawberry Lemonade Slushie Recipe

Strawberry Lemonade Slushie   Ingredients:

3 cups of ice

1 1/2 cups of lemonade

1 tablespoon of sugar (optional)

2 1/2 sliced medium-sized strawberries

   Makes 4 cups of slushie, or 2 generous servings

I like my slushies to stay icy, and not have a lot of liquid floating around.   This, therefore,  is a more dense slushie.  I suppose you could add more lemonade and some water to get it to be liquidy.  Also, I attempted to make the ingredients as easy as possible.  In fact, you might even have them already in the house.  Let’s start!


1.  Put 2 cups of ice in the blender

2.  Pour 1 cup of lemonade in the blender


3.  Blend


4.  Mix around with a spoon

5.  Put another cup of ice in

6.  Pour 1/2 cup of lemonade in


7.  Blend (mix the ice to the bottom if needed)


That’s it for a Lemonade Slushie!  Now, you have the option of putting a tablespoon of sugar in.  It tastes fine without it, although a little bitter.  You could also put in the strawberries now.

8.  Drop 2 1/2 sliced, medium-sized, ripe strawberries in.

9.  Blend


10.  Pour and serve!

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Although it looks kind of orange in the picture, it is actually a pinkish color.  And it’s delicious!  Enjoy!

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