More sewing retreat progress…the last one…
So on Sunday morning I finished installing the zipper on the McCall’s dress and decided I didn’t want to start anything that I couldn’t finish. A couple of months ago I had purchased a couple of 18″ doll clothes patterns from Hobby Lobby for 99 cents each and I had brought along some scraps of fabric in case I wanted to make one of these little projects. It seemed like the perfect way to end the weekend. I used Simplicity 2296. Honestly I was a little nervous about sewing something so small so I chose the outfit that looked the easiest. It’s supposed to be a dress but it looks a little short to me.
Now you probably think, well, just try it on the doll and you’ll be able to see…well, the thing is, we don’t actually own a doll this size…yet. Growing up I read all the American Girl books. I wanted a doll sooooo badly! I even got the catalogs in the mail and would pour over them dreaming about which doll and which outfits I would get. I even had a friend who had 2 of them and she just threw them in the bottom of her closet (that made me so sad!). I never did get one, however. Of course I now realize that buying a doll that costs over $100 is a little much so I can’t really blame my parents for never getting me one. Will we get one for our girls? I’m not sure…it’s a lot of money and there are other 18″ dolls out there for a lot less money so we may go that route…either way I plan to relive my childhood fantasy through my girls and have a doll this size…and my plan, once they are old enough to have dolls this size, I will already have a little collection of homemade doll clothes to give them with it!
I have to say, this was such an enjoyable and satisfying project! It’s small and was finished relatively quickly and it’s so cute! I used just a fat quarter to complete it! I also didn’t use velcro on the back but used a little snap instead – hopefully it will hold up to little hands! I don’t know what fabric it is – it was a fat quarter I bought at Hancock’s years ago…I’m looking forward to making more little doll clothes in the future!