I sewed up a sundress for my Kidz and Cats doll out of a shirt. The original top already had the shirring, so all I had to do was cut a rectangle and sew a seam on one side to make a tube. The original top also had strings, which I cut and sewed to the sundress to make a halter top style. I made a similar dress for my American Girl Doll here. You can read about the matching flower headband in the pictures below there as well.
For this bun, I put the headband on first. Afterwards, I took a section on each side from near the ear and braided it. I then had two braids on each side, and a large lock of hair in the middle. middle section of hair I twisted up into bun, securing it as I went with bobby pins. Once I had the bun in place, I wrapped the braids around and pinned them.
With detailed top stitching, princess seams, and a circle skirt, this adorable and stylish dress can be worn for everyday or for a special event! Click the photo to view the listing:
Today I want to share some pictures of one of the few articles of clothing that I have bought for my dolls. In fact, other than shoes, this is the only article of clothing I have ever bought for my AG dolls.
Interestingly, when I got this dress I didn’t even own an American Girl Doll! I did have an Our Generation doll, however. I was on vacation in Hawaii, and the hotel I was staying at had a booth in the lobby one day. The booth was selling dresses for 18″ dolls. I don’t remember how much this dress cost, nor if there were other color options.
Anyway, here’s some pics!
I tried out a pony tail hairdo on Rebecca’s curly hair. When her hair is down, it hides her face.
This dress was made from an altered version of this dress pattern for free here. It is designed as a one-strap dress, but to make a two sleeved version of it, I cut the fabric on a fold with the center of the pattern on the fold, so when I am done I have two straps! I didn’t use a pattern for the skirt. For some reason almost every time I make a dress for my Kidz n Cats doll, I don’t have enough fabric to make the skirt as long as I would like. I was already planning on overlaying the plain cornflower blue cotton with the blue chiffon. When I realized the cotton would be shorter than planned, I made the chiffon overlay longer to make the dress more appropriate. The result isn’t quite ideal, but that’s okay. Both fabrics I got from the remnant section of the fabric stores I shop at. The bodice is self-lined with white cotton. Also, this shade of blue isn’t exactly an Easter blue, but it matches her eyes well.
Now all three of my girl dolls have Easter dresses. Planning ahead!
I did a sepia effect on accident for this one and kept it 🙂
When she’s sitting, she can completely hide behind her long golden hair.
I made this dress from the Lisianthus Dress pattern on Pixie Faire. I had seen this dress on many dolls on Etsy and blogs, and liked it. This pattern was the first thing I bought with the Pixie Faire gift card I received for Christmas! The pattern is great, and the dress turned out very well.
I didn’t do the dress exactly the way as stated in the pattern. I lengthened the back pattern pieces so the dress would have the ability to have a Velcro closure, rather than a zipper. The skirt isn’t quite as ruffly in my version, due to the fact that my fabric wasn’t 37″ wide as needed in the pattern piece. I did the sleeves slightly different. I used the same pattern pieces, but left it out and pressed the “sleeves”. Originally, this was supposed to be sewn in. This does leave me with a raw edge. Oh well. My doll will wear this for Easter!
The necklace and bracelet I made with elastic cord and beads. I had already made the necklace a few months ago, and made the bracelet to match when I made the dress. The headband is a girl’s hairtye, but it has been stretched through normal wear to go perfect around the doll’s head. She is wearing stick-on nail decals in the shape of pink cupcakes for earrings.
With that, I have an announcement to make. I am opening an Etsy shop within the next month! I am very excited to share my doll clothes and accessories with others. More details coming soon!
On to the dress:
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.
This dress is made from the leftover fabric when I was finished with my AG Millie Halloween dress. This silk was the background/lining for that dress.
The bodice for this dress is from this Special Occasion Dress from Jenwrenne.wordpress.com. It is designed as a one-strap dress, but to make a sort of tank top version of it, I cut the fabric on a fold with the center of the pattern on the fold, so when I am done I have two straps! The skirt is the skirt portion of the free pattern from Carpatina.com, here. I lengthened it 4 inches.
This dress didn’t exactly turn out as expected, that’s why the title says “First Attempt”. I accidentally sewed over the sash when I attached the skirt to the bodice, causing the sash to fold over. Oops 🙂 Also, the ties in the back are a little too short.
So that was the first attempt! More dresses soon!
Oh no her bow is falling!
I know this outfit isn’t fitting for October weather, but had the fabric and a pattern to try out, so I just made it.
The dress is from here. I added an inch of length to the bottom. This blog has the most Kidz and Cats patterns for free that I can find anywhere on the internet. It’s great! I’m pretty sure if it weren’t for this blog my Kidz doll wouldn’t have any clothes that fit!
The leggings are the free leggings pattern from SewAdollable.com. These are slightly lengthened.
Next, I’m going to experiment with different types of dresses for my Kidz n Cats doll! I think Kidz dolls look cute in dresses, and mine needs some!