This was by far the best gift of Christmas. My daughter told me, "Mom! It's like a present for you and for me!" Ha! We are having fun together. Making little doll clothes is a blast. And it's a great way to use up all the little pieces of fabric that are overflowing in my craft room.
So here's what I've been up to...
Because every girl needs the basics, I started with a t-shirt and jeans.
I got the t-shirt pattern HERE. It's a fantastic pattern that I plan to use over and over again with different variations. The fabric I used was from one of my old shirts. I kept the original hem along the bottom of the shirt and it really gives it a nice, professional finish.
The jeans were simple once I figured out what I was doing. There's a whole collection HERE of great, old-fashioned, free patterns for period doll clothing (think Felicity) and I used the pants pattern from Molly's Pajamas as a starting point. You can use any doll pants pattern that you already have. Basically I made the pants following the directions and just skinnied up the legs along the inside seam, because my daughter insisted: "Skinny jeans, Mom!"
Because doll clothes are so small, you have to sew them a little differently. There's no way you could hem a pair of doll pants the normal way. So the top stitching along the inside seam and the bottom hem? I sewed that before I sewed the pants together.
I finished off the outfit with a little t-shirt flower headband. The headband has a little velcro circle on it so I can change out the flower to match other outfits.
I also made a denim skirt. It was the easiest thing ever! I just cut the bottom off a pair of kid jeans that had holes in the knees and added elastic at the top. Isn't it cute?
The last thing for today is this little floral skirt:
It's just a long rectangle of fabric sewn together with elastic at the waist. Oh, and a few little pleats. And the glasses? They are from Michael's. For $2 (with a coupon) we just couldn't resist them!
I plan to make several more t-shirts to mix-and-match with the denim items. And accessories. Lots of accessories.
More DIY doll clothes:
Versatile Knit Dress FREE Pattern
Doll Beanie From A Sock
Pierce Your AG Doll's Ears