Latest Outfit – “Mina”

Icy blue and so, so soft! Ready for a special occasion!

American Girl doll clothes doll dress hat shoes and scarf
For this dress, I used a super soft velvet-like fabric. It is very pretty and very soft but a nightmare to work with! Slippery and constantly curling at the edges. But it was worth it. I then added a couple of layers of tulle.
There are two little tulle rosettes on the bodice with little crystals in the center.
American Girl doll clothes doll dress hat shoes and scarf
The out fit includes a shawl which can also double as a scarf. Just a little something to throw over her shoulders.
American Girl doll clothes doll dress hat shoes and scarf

American Girl doll clothes doll dress hat shoes and scarf
I also made a beret from the same fabric. It is lined and also has a tulle rosette & ribbon to match the dress.
Last, but not least, I made the little pumps using a non-woven fabric that I died to match the color of the dress. Three little crystals adorn the toes of the shoes.
American Girl doll clothes doll dress hat shoes and scarf
I think Mina is lovely.

If you’re interested, it’s in my shop – here.


Readers’ Request: Free Pattern Reversible Vest for American Girl Dolls

It’s finally here!

American Girl Doll clothesSome of my followers asked me for the pattern for the Reversible Vest I posted about here. I did not use a pre-made pattern, but rather made my own, which was not in any form that I could share.

But since there was such a demand, I decided to attempt making a pattern that I could share with you.

Keep in mind that I did not take pictures along the way, so you will receive the pattern with written instructions. The pattern is only 3 pieces, so if you are somewhat familiar with sewing you should be okay.

Note: Feel free to use the pattern for your personal use, share this post on your blog, Facebook, ets;, or sell pieces you make from the pattern. If you sell, I would appreciate credit for the pattern. But please do not distribute or sell the pattern itself. You can link back to this post on Doll Things if someone asks you for a copy.

To receive your free pattern:
Sign up to receive Doll Things by email. This is the only way I know of to get the pattern to you. If you’re already an email follower and would like a copy, please leave a comment and I’ll send it along. (Edit – No need to sign up (unless you want to) Just click on the links for pattern and instructions)

Oct 5/2015 – Edit -I have finally figured out how to provide this pattern to anyone who wants it 

Here are the links to the pattern and instructions:

Doll Things Reversible Vest Instructions
Doll Things Reversible Hooded Vest 1
Doll Things Reversible Hooded Vest 2

If you do make a vest with this pattern, please let me know if the directions were easy (or not) to follow, and I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to see what you do with it!


Readers’ Request – Kanzashi Flower Tutorial from Summer Outfit in Blue & White

Thank you, Doll Things readers, for this suggestion.

One of the most fun parts of making doll clothes is adding the final touches to the outfit.
American Girl doll clothes

Click on the image to enlarge to see the Kanzashi flower up close.

This Summer Outfit in Blue & White (read more about that here if you like) featured a little Kanzashi flower that I made for the bodice of the dress.

Several of you asked for a tutorial on how I made the flower.

Your wish is my command! 🙂

This link will take you to a Youtube instructional video that shows exactly how to make this beautiful flower that can be used on clothing, hats, bags, and even packages. (Note: This is not my video; it’s just a link to one I found.)

Once you get to this page you’ll see there are tons of other videos as well and you might want to look at as some of those.

For my particular flower,
– I did alternating petals in blue & plaid
– Added white satin ribbon – just in a loop
– Added a small white flower with a blue crystal center to the middle of the flower
Everything is sewn on, including the flower, which is no meant to be removed.

Thanks again to my wonderful readers for this suggestion, and I will continue to provide additional information whenever you ask – so please ask! 

(And yes, I’m working on a pattern for the reversible vest)


Designing for Dolls: American Girl Doll Panda Costume

I decided I wanted to make a Halloween doll costume and, since I love pandas, why not combine the two!?
(See my Panda Drawstring Backpack here).American Girl Doll Panda Costume | Doll Things
I made the costume from a soft flannelette fabric. I used the tutorial over at Many Small Friends but with some changes. They are awesome for sharing their pattern.
I used their pattern for the top but I made my tummy part (the white) larger and then I added some stuffing . The felt I used for the white belly is very soft and see how it pooches out a little – just makes me want to pat her cute little soft tummy!
American Girl Doll Panda Costume | Doll Things

I used my own pants pattern and added some black sock-booties.
I made my own mask out of foam, The one they use at Many Small Friends is adorable, but I just wanted to make my features myself.
American Girl Doll Panda Costume | Doll Things
So – that’s my panda costume for the doll, now we just have to figure out what everyone else around wants to be for Halloween.
**Boo!** and Trick or Treat!


Designing for Dolls: Brooke

This is an outfit I made recently – three pieces plus shoes

American Girl doll clothes

.American Girl doll clothes

It consists of a hat, tunic top, capris and shoes. The hat was made from Molly’s rain hat pattern, found here. It’s not lined, just fabric and I added the ribbon and flower. It was the first time I’ve made a hat. It actually didn’t turn out too badly.

American Girl doll clothes

The tunic top is a basic bodice and I added the contrasting panel in the front and contrasting cuffs to the sleeves. The front panel just doesn’t want to lay right for some reason.

The shoes are my favorite part of the outfit. I used an old purse for them and I’m not sure whether they are real leather or not. The material performed like leather – very soft leather. I’m happy with the way they turned out. I made my own pattern for these.American Girl doll clothes

So here’s Brooke modeling the outfit for us.

American Girl doll clothesI’m working on some things that I can sell and I would love your opinions. Please come back and I will have some things to show you!


Designing for Dolls: Reversible Vest/Free Patterns

American Girl Doll Vest

I just finished up this reversible vest made from fleece.

This cute little vest is perfect for the transition from summer to fall; great for Back to School. Sleeveless, for cool – but not hot – weather. With a hood, for when it’s a little windy. This was my first time sewing a hood and it took some trial and error (as always) but I finally got it and I’m happy with the results.

American Girl doll vest

The best part – it’s reversible! Bright, colorful stripes on one side, hot pink on the other. How girly is that?

American Girl doll vest

Want to make a vest for your dolls? I found several free vest patterns for you. One is a no-sew vest, one is an upcycle, and there is also a crochet pattern.
Have fun and I would love to see what you make.

P.S. See how I made the cute little denim skirt here.

Edit – I have made the pattern for this vest available and posted all the info here if you’re interested in getting the pattern.

Here are the links to these free doll vest patterns 

American Girl doll vest free patterns

1. No Sew Vest from 18 Inch Doll Clothes
2. Crochet Vest from Red Heart
3. Brownie Scout Uniform Vest  from Bear, Dolly & Moi
4. Quilted Ruffle Vest  by A Doll for All Seasons (scroll down the page to see how she made this)

Edit – Here is the link to the Doll Things post for my Reversible Hooded Vest pattern as shown above.


Designing for Dolls: Jeans Pant Leg to Doll Skirt

Here is a quick, easy way to make a skirt for your dolls. American Girl doll skirt

Using the pant leg from an old pair of jeans (these were adult women’s size), you can make a skirt for your doll in less than 30 minutes!

Here are the steps:

Measure the length you want the skirt to be on your doll and add about 3/4″ for the casing. You’ll use the existing hem.American Girl doll skirt

  • Fold over the raw edge about 1/4″ , press; fold over another 1/2″; press. Then sew around this edge to make a casing for your elastic. Make sure to leave an opening of about 1″ so you can insert the elastic.American Girl doll skirt
  • Measure your doll’s waist and subtract about 3/4″. Cut your elastic to this measurement plus 1/2″ (use either 1/4″ or 3/8″ elastic). Make a mark on the elastic where your actual measurement ends so you’ll know where to cut it off after you’ve sewn it in.
  • Attach safety pins to each end of the elastic. Run the elastic through the casing; sew the opening shut; trim off the excess ends of the elastic.American Girl doll skirt

You’re done!

I added the little butterfly on to the front. It’s made of sticky crystals, which are then heat set. You can do so many other things to personalize this skirt:

  • add rick rack
  • add a fancy trim or lace to the hem
  • add an applique
  • belt it
  • sew a design in contrasting thread

What are your ideas?