Making Doll Clothes

Design for an American Girl Doll

Do you enjoy making doll clothes?

Want to design them for your American Girl?

Do you want them to match your own outfits?

Do you want to design and make ensembles that are totally unique?

Follow my web site and enjoy letting your creative juices flow.

YOU can design your own!

I was interested in current styles, so I first shopped at Nordstrom's, Macy's, Target, and some high end boutiques. After my online "browsing" for the latest styles, I checked patterns by Butterick, Simplicity, and McCall's. Next I found fabrics for my creations.

Here is what I made:

The jumper fabric is a very fine wale corduroy with jewel tone peace symbols. The zipper in the back allows for ease in dressing the American Girl Doll.

The navy turtleneck has a velcro closure in the back. Many patterns now suggest velcro closures. This is a great idea because it not only makes the sewing easier, but it also makes it easier to dress the dolls.

The pattern used for this ensemble is Simplicity 7083.

I had finished my first outfit, and was on a quest for my next American Girl Doll Clothes ensemble.

I could not resist another corduroy print since two prints were so well coordinated.

The pattern is Simplicity 4297.

I appliqued a pattern from the skirt fabric to the top by using a simple zig zag stitch to secure the design.

My next design is a travel outfit.

I found a gorgeous fabric that has world destinations, foreign monetary images, and has a matching quilted fabric.

I had quilted fabric remnants and coordinating cotton from a recent project, so this was the theme for the "Travel Ensemble": a quilted jacket, quilted slacks from the reverse side of the quilted piece, and a coordinated cotton blouse containing worldwide travel sights. I modified the jacket from Simplicity pattern 4297 by rounding the top and bottom front edges. This made it easier to sew the brown bias binding around the entire outer edge.

Here is a close up of the jacket and blouse.

How adorable is this?

Every girl (and doll) needs night wear, so I chose pink flannel pajamas with a pocket on the top, and a coordinated robe with pastel hearts.

When you look at your finished pieces, I hope that your passion for making doll clothes will increase. Just look at this cute robe and pajama set:

The pattern I used is Simplicity 5276, but I chose to add pink top stitching along the robe edges instead of a solid trim. I also used velcro on the shirt instead of making buttonholes. I did, however, stitch buttonhole designs under the buttons.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my American Girl Doll clothes. I will be offering FREE patterns, from very easy to difficult skill levels. I plan on offering patterns to sew, knit, or crochet. If you know how to do all of these, you can create anything that your imagination can produce.

Have fun!

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