My original goal was to make fashionable clothes for my granddaughter’s 18-inch dolls. Along the way, I’d hopefully find an easy way to make matching clothes for little girl and doll. I’ve searched the Internet to see what doll patterns are available. American Girl manufactures beautiful clothing and accessories for the 18-inch doll that are pricey. Butterick, McCalls and Simplicity carry some cute patterns, but I have something else in mind.
I want to create some doll clothes that are trendy, modern, creative, funky, maybe a bit freaky. Not sexy. These are little girl dolls that can become well-dressed. Why not? Although period costumes can be adorable, I think that little girls like to dress their dolls the way they dress themselves.
I find that ill-fitting doll garments look like prairie dresses. This look is fine for a little girl who is just learning to sew, but I strive for something different.
I’m a good seamstress, but making stylish doll clothes can be more difficult than it seems. This blog describes the lessons I learn while trying out various doll clothes patterns. Incidentally, some well-known pattern companies make doll clothes patterns that don’t fit all that well.
As I take the leap to design my own doll clothes, I gather ideas from the likes of Teen Vogue and Seventeen. My aim is to create “looks” so these dolls can walk the runway. Dolls. Fashion. Patterns. Little girls.
Welcome to my blog about doll fashion and sewing for dolls.