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American Girl Doll Dance/Gymnastics Outfits

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Yesterday, Thanksgiving, I whipped up some leotards and shorts in some new fabric I bought from JoAnns.  I had two colors, so made two leotards in each color, as well as two shorts in each color.  Both outfits are for my American Girl Doll, but I put the turquoise on my Kidz doll for the sake of photography.  It is obviously not made for her, as it is quite loose.  These outfits could also be used as swimsuits, however, my dolls don’t swim yet 🙂

I used the pattern for the leotard found here.  You may notice I used Velcro on the back.  I realized afterwards I didn’t really need to do this because the fabric is so stretchy.  I believe it still makes it easier to put on though.  I also just hemmed all the edges, the tutorial requires using fold over elastic.

The boy cut shorts are the Liberty Jane pattern from here.

Turquoise:

Kidz Front

Kidz Back

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And just the leotard and no shorts:

 

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Silver:

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And once again, leotard only:No shorts AG

Of course, the shorts could go with either leotard too:

 

 

 

Switched Colors

 

 

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Crossroads Recording Project

Sarah Karnes

Support local theatre artists (and some of my friends) by giving to the Crossroads Recording Project. Ryan Anderson is a talented young force, and a friend of mine. Please help him make this happen!

“Crossroads Recording Project is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of Crossroads Recording Project must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

The purpose of creating “Crossroads” is to collaborate with the phenomenal theatre talent of Seattle, to create a recording to give back to the education programs that are prominent in the Pacific Northwest and to offer the world a new version of classic showtunes in an artistic format that is tangible.

We hope to raise $30,000 to make this special and unique recording of Broadway show tunes and we are trying to raise 2/3 of that budget through…

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AG and Kidz Doll Christmas Pajamas

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It’s getting into the 20°F’s here, so it’s time for warm flannel snowflake pajamas!  I bought 1/4 yard of this fabric at Jo-Ann.  I had wanted to make pajama pants for my AG doll, and a nightgown for my Kidz doll out of the same fabric.  Unfortunately, while cutting the pattern pieces I realized I wouldn’t have enough fabric to do this.  The nightgown ended up being a shirt instead, but I had some white leggings on hand, so it turned out great anyway!
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For the Kidz outfit, I made a flannel long-sleeve top, white knit leggings, and a skinny headband out of the fabrics scraps.  The top I based with this pattern.  I cut it about 2 1/2 inches shorter, which made it go until about 3/4 of an inch below the armpit.  There, I gathered a rectangle and attached it to the upper top.  I top stitched this, because I added top stitched hong kong finish to the sleeves and neck, mostly to lengthen the edges a little.  The jammie top attaches in the back with 2 snaps.  I have been working on improving my skills and this top has all finished edges except for the sleeve and neck hong kong has one raw edge each.

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The headband was very simple, I didn’t measure or anything for it.  I took a scrap and folded over the edges and stitched on each side, and then added a little elastic.  I don’t like headbands for my dolls to be super tight, so I made this one loose.  Looser is better than tighter, I think, because it goes on and off easily, and doesn’t crease the hair.

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For the American Girl Doll pajama outfit, I used a plain white tank top that I had on hand.  The tank top was made from this pattern.

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The little bow is made from extra fabric scraps.  I hot glued it, and then hot glued it to an alligator clip.  This bow I learned to make here.  It’s down the page a bit.

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The pants are from this pattern bundle, which is $5.99.  I got it for free on Freebie Friday!  If you haven’t checked out Pixie Faire’s Freebie Friday, you definitely should.  Every Friday, a vote takes place to determine which of four chosen patterns will be available to download for free.  Today is Friday!  Go to Pixie Faire and get the free pattern for today!  Even if the pattern isn’t something I interested in at the moment, I always download it.  I never know what I may want to sew in the future!

Which do you like better, the Kidz or AG pajama outfit?

 

 

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American Girl Doll Pink Sweater

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This is an up-cycled sweater made from Simplicity Pattern 4297 shirt A.  I did not alter this pattern at all.  I cut the edges of this sweater on the edges of the original sweater, so I didn’t have to do any hemming which made the project rather quick.  It closes in the back with Velcro.  Underneath the sweater the doll is wearing a white t-shirt.  It looks cozy for the cold weather that is already upon us.

The leggings are featured in this outfit.

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Sweater front and back on the doll

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Sweater front and velcro back

To complete the outfit, the doll has stick on pink heart “earrings”.  These are nail decals and are the perfect size for doll ears.

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Doll Disneyland Tees :)

 

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I have been to Disneyland numerous times, therefore have a number of Disneyland clothing items.  I thought it only fitting that my dolls would have their own Disneyland t-shirts 🙂

For the Kidz n Cats shirt I used this pattern for a dress, and raised the hemline about an inch in the front and back.  I added sleeves from the AG pattern from Liberty Jane.  Luckily, the sleeves can be added without any altering!  The cute little pictures I found on Google Images.

The pants in this outfit are part of Kidz n Cats Sophie’s original outfit, and the shoes are AG Just Like You from a few years ago.  Since the shoes are AG they are a little tight.

 

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The American Girl Doll Disneyland t-shirt I made with this pattern.  This is the classic Disneyland logo, while the Kidz shirt is more modern, I think, because it also includes the California Adventure Grizzly Bear.

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The pink ruffle skirt I made using a tutorial.  I actually made it a few months ago, here is a good tutorial for making one.

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Doll Shoe Shelf

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My attempt to organize my living space is progressing.  I realized this past week that I have kept the box my Kidz n Cats doll came in for no particular reason.  It simply just hadn’t made it to the trash bin yet.  Good thing!  This post inspired me to do something with the box.  I thought about it for a while (about 10 minutes) and decided to make a shelf to store my doll shoes on.  Right now, I have about 12 pairs, but I plan on buying more/making more in the near future.

The cardboard that the Kidz doll was attached to inside the box is intensely strong and durable, yet incredibly thin.  It is such amazing cardboard (I think from Germany).  Another good thing about the cardboard was the edges were turned over, making a nice finished look for the outside of my shelves:

 

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Since Kidz dolls are 18″, the box is taller than my dolls.  It’s not really meant to be doll furniture, really just a way to organize things!

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I covered the sides and shelves with scrap booking paper.  American Girl often has multiple colors and patterns mixed together, I thought my color choices matched their ideas.  I glued flower print green on top, red dots for the shelves, and blue stripes on the sides.

 

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Each shelf holds about 4 pairs of shoes.  If they are wide shoes, then less.

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After making the basic structure I decided to make the most of it!  I hand-screwed cup hooks to the side to hang things on.  Scroll down!

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On the opposite side of the shelf, I cut two little extra shelves and hot glued them to add a little more storage space.

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American Girl Doll Pajamas

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After receiving some new sewing supplies for my birthday this past week, I immediately had to try them out!  I had been looking at the American Girl Doll website for some sewing ideas, and this pajama outfit is based on this one:

 

Obviously, mine has many different aspects, but this was the inspiration 🙂  I still like style of the pajamas above, so I may try another time and create them as close to this as I can.  I also have an idea for a pajama outfit for my Kidz n Cats doll!  So many ideas!

For the top I used this pattern tutorial and added the lace sleeves from this pattern.  The leggings are the free leggings pattern from SewAdollable.com.

All made out of an up-cycled nightgown!

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Our Generation Doll Drivers Cap

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This is my first post that features something sewn for an Our Generation Doll.  I introduced this Our Generation Boy Doll in May.  Since then he has undergone more touch ups to make him more boy-ish looking.  He was originally Sadie.

After doing research, I was unable to find a free drivers cap pattern for an 18″ doll online.   I ended up making this drivers cap using this human hat tutorial.  The hat pattern originally would have made a hat with a circumference of 24 inches.  Seeing how I had to get it down to about 11″, I sized the pattern down a lot.

The outer fabric is wool, with a lining of brown silk.  For the brim I used flexible plastic.  The ribbon is Offray 5/8″ Torrid Orange.

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American Girl Doll Newsboy Cap

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A few days ago I made my first hat!  It was for a human, so afterwards I wanted to make a cute hat for my doll.  I did some research on patterns, because I never really had searched for hat patterns before.  Among the free hat patterns I found, the Trendy Newsboy Cap from Daydream Doll Boutique.  I used plastic for the brim.  The pattern didn’t include a lining.  I followed the instructions for the outside of the hat for the brown silk lining I inserted to make it look better inside and out.

After making the Fall Time Dress out of a 18×20 quilting square I bought at Hobby Lobby for 84¢, I had enough fabric left to make the hat out too! The fabric has a lot of colors, so the hat could go with many different colors.

Today is a weekend and daylight savings day!  I’m  planning on saving some time to sew!

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