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American Girl Doll December Ruffle Dress

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On Pinterest I have seen a lot of ruffly t-shirt dresses for dolls.  When I realized that each time I saw one I repinned it to my “Sewing Ideas” board, I decided I’d better make one!  I used this t-shirt pattern, with the 3/4 sleeve variation.  I made no alterations to the pattern.

For the skirt part, I cut rectangles about 2″x20″ and 2 1/2″x20″.  I gathered them separately, then attached with a finishing stitch to the top.  I didn’t hem the edges on the skirt.  All other seams are finished, besides the one that attaches the sleeves to the body.

If I were to do it again (which I probably will do in a different fabric), I would remove the hem allowance from the t-shirt before attaching the skirt.  On this dress, the skirt begins a bit lower than I would like.

Merry Christmas!

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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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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.

IMG_0582.JPGThe leggings are featured in this outfit.

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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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Report on: A Christmas Carol

A REPORT

A Christmas Carol

                A Christmas Carol was written many decades ago by Charles Dickens.  Most everyone has heard of this book or of this author.  A Christmas Carol has been put to stage and made into a musical, along with a number of live action and cartoon movies.

The main character in this story is a man named Ebenezer Scrooge.  He is an old miser with a love only for money.  In the story, he is haunted by four ghosts.   The first ghost is Scrooge’s seven years dead partner, Jacob Marley.  Marley tells Scrooge of the Spirits to come.  Scrooge is visited by the Ghost of Christmas past, a small white being, who shows Scrooge his past.  The Ghost of Christmas Present, a jolly old fellow, shows Scrooge his nephew, having a happy party, and other events.  The Ghost of Christmas Future, a black cloaked Phantom, terrifies Scrooge by showing him what will occur after his death.

Scrooge learns that he must be kind and good-hearted if he wishes to escape his horrifying future.  In the end, Scrooge’s heart is turned around along with his life.  He gives gifts to the poor and in need.  He raises his struggling clerk’s salary, to insure that the clerk can care for his large family of eight.

Scrooge became a completely changed man, thanks to the visits of those four ghosts, who showed him what would happen if the future went unaltered.

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