When I was a child, I remember a woman who lived down the street who sewed Barbie doll clothes. She had a basement entrance that led to a ‘showroom’ of sorts. All the little girls (and sometimes with their moms) would visit to ‘ooh and awww’ over the outfits. I remember that she priced them so the little girls in the neighborhood – me included – could buy them easily. I, along with my friends, would spend hours sorting through the outfits, pondering which one our hard earned babysitting money might buy.
On occasion, I’ve attempted to make Barbie clothes. Even though I am way past my doll playing days, I always manage to have one of some kind around me. Left from visits of nieces and grand-nieces or those I’ve picked up for presents. One that I was very fond of was the “brother” of Barbie, Tommy, as the first time I saw him in a store, he reminded me of my own son. I think I have just about every single Tommy ever made, who knows what I will ever do with them! Ha!
But the most recent doll that has caught my attention is the American Girl dolls. Or more aptly, the 18″ sized doll. I think the wave of enthusiasm was brought on by the introduction of the American Girl series, but there are a lot of families that cannot afford the hefty price tag of the actual dolls, sometimes as much as $125, so there has been a rise in the sale of all similarly sized dolls. My grandnieces both play with the dolls and as such, it has provided me the opportunity to make clothes and accessories for this sized doll.
I bought my own doll, although not a brand named doll. But she works as a model and allows me to perfect the clothing. I’ve made a few outfits which I gave to my nieces, and a few accessories, such as bedding. I even have made a table, although figuring out how to make chairs is another endeavor of its own.
It’s just part of the need to stay busy and be creating something all the time. I like the size of the American Girl dolls, the seams aren’t quite as tiny and the pieces aren’t so small that it is a real pleasure to make clothes. Try new fabrics and styles. In fact, with the leftover “leather” fabric from the Kid’s room, I made a leather trench coat and a scarf (with a matching scarf for the real girl). Of course, I forgot to take a photo before my grandniece made off with it today! But it was a pretty straightforward construction and not too terribly difficult, so I will probably make another, although I was thinking that red velvet with a white fur trim at the hem, sleeves and around the neckline.
Anyway, had a wonderful visit with my grand-niece and her “Poppa” (my brother Joel) and everyone has just departed and the house is settling down. Thank you for stopping by!
Happy Crafting Y’All!