Remnant Doll Clothes with a $0 price tag!

Loving the remnant doll clothes I’ve been making! In this project, it helps to be a hoarder of notions and small bits of fabric.

Notions hoardity

This container is stacked on a shelf high up on the wall in my sewing room. Until one unseats it from its perch and discovers the wild and wooliness within, it just looks like a fabric-covered box. But inside are ruffles and beaded lace and ribbons and swatches of all sorts. I’ve had possession of some of these bits for so long that they don’t even need to be tea-dyed to get that yellowed muslin look.

I made the underblouses and petticoats from Samantha’s Pretty Clothes patterns I downloaded free from American Girl Playthings. The remnant is a [maybe 1/3 yard] sheet of embroidered cotton that had a small border (too small for a grown up or even a child’s skirt). You can see that Texas Girl is wearing the petticoat that has the embroidered border.

Dolls in their 1904-style underthings

The blonde Target doll’s petticoat is tucked and has a beribboned ruffle at the hem. Don’t pay too close attention to the tucks and think badly of me. I am not a great tuck-seamstress, as you can see from the pic. But I had so much fun!

Check out the buttoned waistbands! I actually hand-stitched the button holes, sigh.

petticoat buttons onto waistband of underblouse

Best part: I did not have to go buy anything. And no one cares if they are not perfect. I’ve seen girls play with doll clothes that are squares of unfinished fabric with a hole cut in them for the doll’s head to pop through; and it’s all good!

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Spring holiday hiatus

I just went through a week-long hiatus from doing anything crafty. No sewing, no knitting, no blogging.

What I did do instead, was spend time with people: looking into their eyes and appreciating their sparkle, giving them hugs, holding their hands as we walked together, talking to them and listening back, drawing with them, giving up my iPad and iPhone so they could use it to play a game and draw.

I found an 18-inch doll at the local H-E-B (a grocery store) that was on sale for only $10! I’m happy to think that because of this cool price reduction right before Easter, many girls in Texas got a Texas Girl! You could choose one in a cowboy outfit (that was my first choice, but they were sold out), a Quinceniera dress and tiara, a cheerleader suit with pom poms, a casual outfit, or this soccer gear with shin guards and all.

Texas Girl, in a soccer outfit

Texas girl may possibly have smaller feet than the Target doll I got to use as a model for my doll clothes.

Grayzie and Bob

My cats missed me, but I got to hang out with some other felines. I resumed working on the diagonally knit scarf when I came home; it is knit out of “Flower” from the Plymouth Yarn Italian Collection, a little gift that Ethel got me when Yarnworkshad their big yard sale. Spring-y!

a ring-tailed varmint tried to butt into the pic

Hope you all had happy holidays!

Pretty Clothes for 18″ dolls from Remnants

Spring break snuck up on me this year, owing to the fact that the state of Florida schedules neighboring counties very different weeks of spring vacation. Not sure what their aim is by that: in the county where I live, spring break is next month. In the neighboring county, it started—yikes!—last Monday.

I had vague plans to have the girls up for spring break, especially after seeing this inspiring blog post from Dream…Quilt…Create by Cynthia Horst. I found a web site that offers 6 sets of patterns for wardrobes for 18″ dolls—free! One drawback is that each pattern set may take up 60 or more sheets of 8 x 10 paper and loads of costly printer ink, so nothing as cool as this is truly free, am I right? The patterns have 1990’s copyrights, and they are a bit complex for most little girls to be able to sew on their own (unless they happen to be apprenticed to a dressmaker). I downloaded Samantha’s Pretty Clothes, which includes a party dress, a pinafore and dress, a plaid cape, a fur hat and muff, a pair of gaiters, a nightgown, and a set of tucked and beribboned underthings. Samantha’s wardrobe is noted as circa 1904.

A girl and her doll, with Samantha nightgown

A girl with her doll and Samantha's party dress

The girls chose their own remnants for these projects, and they did some of the initial sewing and preparation. But, as luck would have it, the sewing machine started acting up and I had to work it over and show it who’s boss. By then, the girls were off playing drums and piano, planning a concert for our poor unsuspecting ears. But they checked back with me on and off to see what was going on back in the mini-garment industry slum that is my sewing room.

I also downloaded Molly’s Pretty Clothes, a wardrobe from 1944, according to the introduction sheet. This collection includes patterns for a plaid jumper with a white blouse, a rain slicker and hat, a beret, a pair of pajamas, a pinafore trimmed in rick-rack, a bag, and underthings. We made the jumper but alas, it was a bit too tight to close. My fault completely: I think one of the pattern pieces was inadvertently cut short.

Molly plaid jumper

The girl who requested the jumper sweetly told me, “I think it might fit one of my other dolls!” But I told her I will make her another one that fits!

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