Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Easy shorts pattern for an American Girl Doll or other 18 inch doll

I found an easy way to create shorts.  I used the Simplicity Pattern #4297 and measured Kathleen's inseam.  I drew a line on the pattnern at 3 1/4 inches and folded the pattern.  Then I made a copy of each piece and cut it out.

I think it worked like a charm!!!!

Khaki Capri pants for an American Girl Doll or other 18 inch doll

I used the Simplicty Pattern #4297 and cut the cloth out a bit shorter to make a pair of capri pants.

Here is Kathleen with her new capri pants and a pair of sandals I found on ebay.

The ebay seller also has a store and it is called Dori's Doll Boutique.  She had the most reasonably priced shoes and a great selection.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Hawaiian Dress for an American Girl Doll or other 18 inch doll Version 2

I got the pattern at Liberty Jane and it is called the Hawaiian Sundress.  This time I tried the other bodice that came with the pattern.  I did mess up sewing the straps on.  Once I ripped them out and re-stitched them it was fairly easy to put the rest together.  I even used velcro on the back of the bodice!  Woo Hoo for me!

You know if Miss V could stock her closet full of dresses from Shaka Time she would.  She loves dresses like this for summer.

Hawiian Sundress for an American Girl Doll or other 18 inch doll

I have to admit...I messed up somewhere with this dress.  I have never made a lining and the directions were very clear (at least to me).

I got the pattern at Liberty Jane and it is called the Hawaiian Sundress.

Mine did not meet up in the back enough to add velcro.

So I bought a little box of hook and eye closures.

Worked like a charm!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Princess Pajama bottoms

I made these by using the same Simplicity Pattern 4297.  The fabric is a leftover from when I made a small pillowcase for Miss V when she went to Preschool!!!

Apron for an American Girl Doll or other 18 inch doll

I found this originally on Pinterest.  The blog is called Fun Threads Designs and the tutorial is for an Apron, Chef Hat and Oven mitt.  I just made an apron using her directions.  I just had a problem with the ribbons moving around while I sewed the front and back together.  It really isn't a big deal.

I love the pattern on this material and will have to make another after I pick up some more ribbon.

Unfinished Doll Beds for an 18 doll including American Girl Dolls

I have been hunting for reasonably priced unfinished beds for Miss V's American Girll doll for about a year. I found some a few months ago, but the store did not ship.  I found them at Mill Stores.   Then a couple weeks ago I looked at them again and they now ship!!!!  So I ordered two and when the boxes arrived, they were quickly hidden in the garage.  I didn't have much time to finish them, so I didn't even fill the nail holes or sand them.  I used the Behr paint and primer in one and it did a great job.  I gave each bed two coats of paint and then put them in my office and locked the door so the suprise wouldn't get spoiled.

A piece of 22x22 inch foam cut in half and it made the perfect size mattress

I tried to follow a tutorial on making fitted sheets, but ended up a bit frustrated since these were custom sizes compared to the tutorial.  Luckily the fabric was big enough just to tightly tuck around the mattresses.

Here is the quilts, pillows and decorative pillows.

American Girl Pajamas

I am not having very much luck finding an easy free pajama pattern, specifically a night gown pattern.  So today I make a Liberty Jane Trendy Tank Top and a pair of pants from Simplicity 4297.  I used left over bright pink flannel.  I think it came out pretty cute.  I just don't have enough to make a second set right now.  I do have some cute Disney fabrics that I could just make pants from.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Hawaiian Pa'u Hula outfits


So I didn't get around to making these last week before Miss V's birthday but did cut the fabric out.  This afternoon I sewed them up and they are super easy to make.  I found the pattern at Libery Jane and it is called Hawaiian Pa'u Hula Outfit.

Here is Kathleen in her new outfit.

 Both Annie and Kathleen love their new outfits!

The fabric was left over when I made a curtain for the guest bathroom.

Mahalo for visiting!