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« on: April 03, 2019 01:03:36 PM »

I have had and loved American Girl dolls since I was a kid and often admired many of the clothes and patterns they had. One of the ladies in my church (we'll call her D) is now bed-bound and unable to sew, although she made doll clothes for years for the AG Kirsten doll she gave to her daughter (who is roughly my age) as a child. That daughter has recently given it to her daughter (around 8 yrs. old), and for Christmas, D asked me if I would make Kirsten's Birthday Dress and Apron for her granddaughter. She even had the original pattern set that Pleasant Company released back in the 90's, with the paper pieces already carefully cut out.

Since they didn't want an exact replica, I used a soft, plain muslin from my stash for the apron and bloomers, and then a nice light cotton I purchased several years ago while living in Japan. My own doll from childhood, Addy, is modelling the finished items. While I won't share it here for the child's privacy, I was delighted to get a picture after Christmas with the doll, all dressed in her new outfit, held by the beaming little girl! Smiley


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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2019 02:16:13 PM »

this is beautiful!
I love the materials you used - the floral is lovely.

I am not surprised that the little girl loved it! Nice job.
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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2019 07:12:34 PM »

That's so cool that you did that! I had an American Girl Doll as well but not one of the specific characters but I wish I had an Addie. The clothes are so perfect and beautiful! Amazing job!

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« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2019 07:14:12 AM »

My girls loved their American Girl dolls, mostly for the accessories. Cheesy Their grandmother sewed a lot of clothes for them, and the girls cherished those handmade clothing the most. You did such a nice job on this outfit. Addie is rocking it! I'm sure your friend was so happy that you could help her out with this gift for her granddaughter.

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« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2019 08:15:25 AM »

Thank you so much for the kind words, wryly, rackycoo, and The Raging Sloth! I enjoyed being able to help make Christmas special for my friend and her grand-kiddo.

Also, for those wanting to live out their childhood desires now that they have adult income, original American Girl dolls are totally findable on eBay for very good prices IF you are willing to keep an eye on things and try for multiple listings. While Addy here is from my childhood, I recently purchased a few more dolls to display all the beautiful clothes I've been given over the years (I have several glass curio cabinets in my house will all sorts of things in them), and I was able to get a mix of historical character dolls and Just Like Me dolls for within my small budget over the course of about 3 months. Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2019 08:48:11 AM »

The outfit is lovely and story even more so!

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« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2019 12:51:00 PM »

Beautiful dress, apron, and undergarment!  It's wonderful that you made them for your friend's granddaughter, since she can't do that sort of thing now.

I own a small paper mountain of the various books (Samantha is my favorite), but I only have one American Girl doll, a mini Julie.  She disappeared after I took a photo of her with Rainbow Dash to use as my avatar here on Craftster months/years ago . . . said pegasus claims to know nothing about what happened to her.
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« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2019 03:17:59 PM »

Very nicely done, great job!

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« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2019 07:27:17 AM »

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