Thursday, February 22, 2007

Renee, Are You There?

I had a nice comment from Renee on my last post and I want to respond to her. There was no link to her, so Renee, I hope you are reading! I think your plans for your daughter's doll sound great! The American Girl dolls are very cute, but not neccessary to the fun of having a companion doll because, as you said, they are very expensive! Your doll will terrific after you make her some new clothes. If you have a Hancock Fabrics near you, you probably know that almost every weekend they have sewing patterns on sale for .99. Usually just one brand at a time, McCall's or Simplicity or Butterick. It doesn't really matter because they all have patterns for 18" dolls. So that is your quickest option. Pick the simplest pattern and have fun with it!

Another way to go is The Doll's Dressmaker by Venus Dodge. This is a fabulous book! It is out of print so your options for getting it are more limited. This book has so much good information and so many great ideas. With this book, you won't need to buy patterns anymore for doll clothes. Now, if you are somewhat new to sewing, you will need to be patient and do exactly as the book says as far as getting the patterns to fit your doll, but once you've done that, you can use your pattern again and again.

I hope you will write to me (bettsi_mccombATyahooDOTcom) if you have any further questions. I'm happy to help and I'm jealous! My daughter grew up too fast and she was never much into dolls anyway. Grandchildren seem like a long ways away too! Good luck!

2 friends said....:

  1. Bettsi, thought you'd like to know Abby has been sewing away on doll clothes. Of course she cuts/uses her own patterns (in her mind) and it's amazing what she comes up with! I haven't even offered to show her *patterns* yet cuz it's so cute what she is making. She asked for velcro last night. :)
    Happy Day!

  2. Ya know what? I checked in on your blog every day for the longest time. Then, finally, I began to believe the hiatus was for real. Then I stopped checking. I am shocked to find that as soon as I did you started posting again. tsk! tsk!

    I'll add one of my favorite books on making doll's clothing: How to Make Doll Clothes by Emily R. Dow.

    There are a few copies at (none at

    I'm glad to see you posting again!! :-)


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