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American Girl Doll Blue Skirt

This skirt I made with an altered version of this pattern of Skirt A.  I used a t-shirt for the fabric.  There is no elastic in the waistband, but that certainly would help it stay on a little better.IMG_1860

The skirt goes very well with the Disneyland T-shirt!

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A view of the skirt’s waistband…

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American Girl Doll Black Skirt and Stockings

My blog count has reached over 5,000 views!  Wow!

This black skirt I made from Simplicity 4297.  I believe it is Skirt A.  The fabric is stretchable in 4 directions.  I bought it as a remnant.  I made the skirt to try out the pattern a little bit more, and I made this skirt fully lined.  It has a waistband, although you can’t see it in the photos.  I may list skirts made from this pattern in my Etsy shop when I open.

The stockings are up-cycled from a human sock.  On the doll, the socks are knee highs and look very warm and thick.

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American Girl Doll Skirt

This skirt is made from the Liberty Jane Mini Skirt pattern.  I up-cycled the skirt from cargo pants.  The skirt is rather tight-fitting around the waist.  I think this may be due to the weight and stretch capability of the fabric.  I didn’t hem the edge, just stitched twice and pulled the strings to make a frayed edge.

The pics aren’t fantastic, because I was running out of daylight!  You can still see the skirt though.

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American Girl Doll Christmas Outfit

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Being as how it is exactly 3 weeks today until Christmas, it was time for some seasonal clothes for my dolls.  I made this black striped sparkle sweater using Simplicity Pattern 4297 shirt A and an “old” sweater shirt.  This pattern is basically like a Baseball tee, only for thicker fabric.  I also used it for this outfit to make a pink sweater.  The pattern is fast and simple to put together, especially because I used the finished edges of the old sweater for all the edges of this doll sweater.  Not hemming edges saves a lot of time!  The pattern also involves a neckband, which I excluded when making this sweater and hemmed the neckline instead.  This alteration gives the sweater a lower neckline.  I took some pictures with the sleeves scrunched up to 3/4 length, and some at their normal length.  They are extra long sleeves, which I think look comfortable.

IMG_0915.JPGUnderneath the sweater my doll is actually wearing the silver leotard featured in this outfit.  This is mainly due to the fact that I didn’t have any black knit stretch fabric on hand to make a spaghetti tank to wear underneath the sweater.  I plan on adding a tank underneath when I have the fabric.
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The skirt is two rectangles of fabric measuring about 20″ by 7″ (I’m not sure I’m just guesstimating).  The two rectangles are red 2mm sequin fabric over black chiffon.  The black chiffon I up-cycled from a human skirt.  Although both fabrics are see through when standing alone, together they are perfectly appropriate.  The black chiffon is about a fourth of an inch shorter than the red, allowing the red to hang a little longer.  The two fabrics are joined at the waistband with a fold-over elastic casing.  I used 10 1/2″ of black elastic.
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I made the necklace by twisting white embroidery floss and tying it off.  I have a Christmas charm bracelet that I have had for a few years and never worn.  I decided it was time to make use of it and took off this snowman charm and put it on the white floss.  The charms are a perfect size for dolls.  Necklace!

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I added some leggings to the ensemble as an afterthought. These leggings were featured in this outfit.IMG_0906.JPG

The shoes are Tree House Studio, which are sold at Hobby Lobby.  I used them in this outfit too.

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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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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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American Girl September Outfit

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This is the first outfit I have made for my doll using my sewing machine!  It was a learning experience, so everything isn’t perfect, but that’s okay.

Technically for this outfit to be classified as a “Fall Outfit”, I feel that it would need a light sweater.  Therefore, I titled the post “September Outfit”.

The tank top was made with the dress pattern here.  I excluded the skirt and lengthened the bodice about an inch at the bottom.  It attaches in the back with Velcro.

The skirt pattern I used is included in Simplicity 4297, which was given to me by a friend.  This skirt was skirt A.  It attaches on the side with Velcro.

The scarf I made using this tutorial on PixieFaire.com.

The flower I attached using hot glue to a small pink clip.  The flower tutorial is from here.  I also made this flower for another outfit here.

And the boots I actually made last week for my Kidz n Cats doll, but they matched this outfit and fit my American Girl Doll well.  So, my Kidz n Cats doll will have to wait a bit for her boots.

I’ve already bought fabric for my American Girl Doll’s Halloween costume, and am designing it!  Here’s a clue to what it will be:  This character was played by Julie Andrews in the movie, which takes place in the 1920s.

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American Girl 4th of July Outfit

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I bought my doll some shoes, so now she can model outside!  And, plus, it fits the 4th of July outfit.  I bought the shoes on Amazon.com, in a four shoe package.  The brand is Sophia’s.  The package came with white tennis shoes (in this outfit), hot pink high tops, hot pink Crocs, and shiny purple flats with a flower.  Each pair of shoes ended up being (including shipping) about $5.

To make this tank top, I used the Liberty Jane Pattern here and left out the sleeves.  It is perfect, although it was very long on the bottom, so I folded over 3/4 when I hemmed it.  It attaches in the back with Velcro.  Someday if I get shiny appliques, I will make a star on the tank top, but for now it’s a blank blue tank top.

I braided strips of t-shirt cotton to make the headband which attaches easily with a snap.

The skirt is simply 20 x 6 inches of material (I used a portion of a quilting square), with an elastic tube at the top and the bottom hemmed.

The bracelet is 6 strings of embroidery floss (2 of each color) braided.  The ends tie.  I fitted the length to the dolls wrist.

Voila!  A 4th of July outfit!

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American Girl The Sound of Music T-Shirt Outfit

 

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Well, it’s the weekend again so I’ve got another American Girl outfit made!  This one as you can see in the pictures includes: a Chevron pattern bracelet, a Sound of Music Broadway logo t-shirt, a turquoise circle skirt, and turquoise duct tape Toms style shoes.

The Chevron friendship bracelet is made of 3 strings, each a different color, folded in half.  I have made a lot of friendship bracelets in my time, for myself and for others, so I sized the lengths of the strings down.  I’ve made so many of these bracelets, I didn’t need to measure the strings or anything, I could just tell if they were long enough from experience.  Here’s a tutorial on how to make a Chevron bracelet: Instructables.

The t-shirt pattern is from SimplySweetByb.com here.  I also used it in the Purple and Black Skirt outfit.  It’s the easiest one to make that I’ve seen so far.  I bought Avery Iron-On Transfer paper at Wal Mart.  I found a photograph that I could use to put on the shirt.  I looked around on Google Images and decided on the Broadway The Sound of Music logo for this shirt.  I really like the way it turned out.

Using the iron on transfers was very simple and easy.  All you need is an iron, tissue paper, a regular printer (preferably a color printer), and iron on transfer paper.  Iron on transfer paper is about $7-$10 for five sheets.  Since the pictures I print for the t-shirts are small enough to fit onto the shirt, I can probably do three pictures separately onto one sheet, or more if I printed them all at once.

I will be making more t-shirts with other designs on them soon!  I’ve got some ideas such as Frozen, Tangled, some other Disney themes, and Broadway musical logos.

I mostly followed the directions here for the circle skirt.  Next time I make one I will make it a little longer then this turquoise one, so I can hem the bottom!  Instead of using a cloth waistband, like the tutorial I used said to do, I used elastic and pinned it.  I didn’t do it quite right, but when experimenting, one rarely gets it right the first time.  Luckily, what isn’t quite right is underneath the shirt so you can’t even see it when she’s wearing it!

The shoes are duct tape Tom style shoes from this YouTube video.  The shoes in the photo are the third pair of shoes I’ve made this way, the first pair was a trial run with Minnie Mouse duct tape (maybe they’ll be in a future outfit), and the second a patterned pair that will be in a future outfit.  After I made my first pair I went to the store and bought two roles of duct tape.  I think I need to make a couple more pairs to alter the tutorial to perfection, but they are super easy and quick to make.  The way I see it these shoes are nice and way better then no shoes at all (which is what my doll had before).  Since I never buy anything for my American Girl Doll, she only has the shoes which she came in and a pair of ice skates I got for my birthday once.

 

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American Girl Doll Ballet Outfit

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This ballet outfit is made of black tights, a black leotard, a white glitter tutu and a white headband.

I found the pattern for the leotard on www.myagdollcraft.blogspot.com.  The leotard is rather tight, therefore difficult to get on.  I think this is because the pattern didn’t have an allowance for Velcro in the back (I found it almost impossible to get on without Velcro in the back).  In other respects, this pattern is great.

The tights are quite simple.  They are just a human knee high or long sock with the foot cut off, cut and sewn up the middle to make two legs.  It’s very easy to find a tutorial for this on the internet by just searching for it.  The sock I used for these black tights was kind of small and not overly stretching, so the tights are, well, tight.  But that’s okay.

The tutu is just 49 glitter tulle strips 11 inches long folded in half and L knotted onto a 10 inch piece of elastic.  The knots make a nice waistband.

And to incorporate the white into the outfit more, I took an extra strip of tulle and tied it into a circle.  Since tulle is kind of stretchy, it worked well as a headband.

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