Sunday, August 15, 2010

American Girl : Rebecca's Back-to-School Dress

This is Rebecca, an American Girl doll, and she is going back to school soon. My daughter wanted her to have a special dress for the occasion, so I decided to try my hand at making her one. Anyone who knows anything about American Girl dolls will tell you that the clothes and accessories can get quite expensive. I decided to use an old dress that no longer fit my daughter in case things didn't work out.



If anyone is interested, I can do a tutorial with pictures. However, I basically just traced one of her dresses onto my daughter's old dress. My daughter wanted it to be "twirly", so I had to adjust for that when cutting. This was the first time I ever used a knit fabric which definitely added a level of difficulty.



My daughter loved the end result and put it on Rebecca before I really finished it. If you look closely you'll see some threads I didn't get to cut and even a little maker on the edges that I wasn't able to wash off. Silly girl says Rebecca needs a dress for each day of the week. I'm going to try to create a pattern in order to streamline the process. But what's important is that Rebecca is now ready to go back to American Girl school with all her other doll friends!

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15 comments:

Jenglamgirl said...

How super darling love it. I really want to get my daughter one of those dolls BAD! hAVE A gREat NIGHT! jEN

momstheword said...

It is adorable and you did a great job. Having boys I missed the fun of buying dolls for my children and all those teeny tiny accessories....we had legos, lol!

Both my kids when to preschool, and I remember that my oldest thought that his teacher knew more than I did, because she was a teacher and I was "just a mommy."

I have to admit that when it came time for them to start school I just couldn't do it, and we began homeschooling and never looked back.

If I could do it all over again I would! Thanks for linking up today, my friend.

Andrea said...

Rebecca looks great! Way to go with the knit fabric! You are a braver woman than I. I've made a few dresses for my daughter's girl, it's not so easy on such a small scale!

Anonymous said...

i am such a wimp, if you have time i would love the tutorial, i am not that talented, so pictures and any help is needed. Thank you, and Rebecca looks great
Leilane

Chris said...

Well done! Making clothes for those dolls is much more economical than purchasing.

Moogie said...

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Mom2fur said...

You did a beautiful job! I used to love to sew for my daughter Katherine's AG doll, Molly. (Katherine is 25 now.) There are just so many cute patterns out there. Some are even free. Here's a good site you might enjoy:

http://www.agplaythings.com/AG%20Patterns/DollDressPatterns.html

Brad & Heidi Meier said...

Oh, I'd love a tutorial.

Audra Lynn said...

Cute! Is it sick that I'm anxiously awaiting the day my daughter starts playing with dolls more so that I can attempt making them clothes? ;)

Seams Inspired with Larri said...

This dress is totally adorable. Great job! LittleGirl is after me to sew some more clothes for her AG doll. Thanks for the great inspiration! Happy Sewing! :o)

www.seamsinspired.com

Ginger said...

How fun! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

adventuresofang said...

The dress is adorable! You did a great job.

Robin said...

Cute stuff! Thank you for linking up!

Maureen said...

So sweet you used your daughter's dress to make the doll's dress - great treasure to keep for years

Shari said...

Great job mom! This came out so cute. I can't believe you made your own pattern. Maybe one day I'll get to that level of sewing skill. I've also never worked with knits.