Posts Tagged ‘doll clothes’

American Girl or 18 inch doll clothes
Lately I have been designing things that actually have to fit. This is my first sweater design for my daughter’s American Girl doll. She chose the sport weight yarn (and the outfit to take the photos.) This open work crochet stitch does has a minor issue; the doll’s fingers won’t move, so it is a bit fiddly to get the sleeves over the hands. My eight year old did figure it out herself, though.
Cardigan for American Girl Doll
I am trying to decide whether to add a small button and loop at the top of the sweater or not. I am working on a second sweater like this one to offer in my Artfire Studio where there are already ballet shrugs and tutus for 18 inch dolls, so I will probably test out the button idea on that one to see how I like the looks of it with a button. I am also working on getting the pattern written for others; I am hoping to work on a couple more cardigan sweaters with different stitch patterns as soon as I finish teaching Vacation Bible Camp next week.

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This week I thought I would share some items in a common theme from a variety of the Etsyhookers. Since I have been experimenting with some dolls and puppets myself, I checked out some of the awesome creations that other members are offering.

Want to she the front of this cute monkey? Just click the photo to be swept off to SherriCrochets. She has several cute creations just waiting for a new home.

If there is a girl in your home who likes 18 inch dolls like the American Girl doll, check out this ensemble by Nora’s Place:

Nora also has great outfits for many different kinds of dolls in her shop, including Blythe and trolls.

For a simply adorable bunny, perhaps for a young child’s Easter basket, check out Homehooked’s shop:

Homehooked also has an adorable “Frightened Fruit Kabob” and some other cute stuffed creations in her shop.

If you get a chance, please check out Laura’s Left Hook while you visit etsy.

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Birds of Paradise doll dress

I have been working on this 18 inch doll dress for a while, trying to decide whether I would try to sell it or give it to my daughter for a Christmas present. Since I have a five year old who is not very good at keeping out of my crafting bag, she saw it at least once, probably two or three times as I made it.

Back of doll dress

The dress was shown in the magazine as a baby doll dress in white, with pink trim and a bonnet. I thought I would try it out in another color and forget the bonnet, hoping it would fit my daughter’s 18 inch doll which is the same size as an American Girl doll. Somehow my gauge turned out well and it fits perfectly. The color is called Birds of Paradise, which is one of a very few non pastel sport weight yarns I have been able to purchase at local craft stores.

The back of the dress has six buttons, which is probably what took the longest for me to do since I really don’t like working on those little finishing touches like sewing on buttons.  I actually have another dress nearly finished in red because I did not want to work on the buttons in the truck on a trip to my dad’s house.  Maybe the second dress will go up in my shop when I finally get the buttons on it.

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