It’s crunch time for me to get all my last minute gifts made, and this one was no exception!
My daughter got her first American Girl Doll for her 6th birthday last month, and now wants me to make *all the clothes*. I’ve been told on more than one occasion that she is expecting me to make her many outfits for Christmas!
Well, thanks to this “Celebrate the Holidays” Sewing by Ti Blog Tour, we have ONE completed! I really thought I could whip up a whole wardrobe in a night or two, but the best laid plans, right?
If you’ve been following my blog the last couple of months, you will recognize this fabric! Yes, now everyone in our family except Daddy will have something matchy-matchy for Christmas!
To make this outfit, I loosely followed the instructions in this 18 Inch Doll Fancy Dress Tutorial. Since my daughter and my dresses are both short, I also shortened this dress skirt to about 6 1/2″. I also skipped the lining, though it probably would have more volume if I’d included it. The skirt portion is made with a flocked satin from JoAnn, and the top is stretch velvet from Aurora Designs. I picked up the shoes at JoAnn too!
I also did something that I haven’t done in over 6 years.
I finally used my ruffler foot again!!!!!
I purchased this foot long ago with the intent to make ruffled curtains for my daughter’s nursery. The foot wasn’t cheap (Bernina parts cost a small fortune) and I really thought that having a girl would end up in me ruffling all.the.things. Well, it kinda did, but I didn’t love doing my ruffles with this foot so as a result it didn’t get much loving. I think I will try to change that though as this foot makes the most beautiful ruffles and SO quickly!
To mimic my daughter’s dress, I wanted to make a cape for the doll too. For this, I decided to just wing it and make my own without a pattern. I used faux fur on the outside and flannel on the inside. I also used a KAM snap to clip the cape together at the front.
Do you want to make a doll cape too? Here’s a copy of the 18″ Doll Cape template I made that you’re welcome to use! I don’t have a photo tutorial, but here’s a list of instructions:
- Cut lining and outer on fold.
- Attach small square of woven fusible interfacing to wrong side of lining at right dot. Attach another to right dot on wrong side of outer piece.
- Attach 1 Kam Snap to lining at interfaced dot, right side out. Attach 1 Kam snap to right side of outer at interfaced dot.
- Align and pin lining and outer pieces, right sides together. Sew from bottom of cape around all edges, pivoting at corners and leaving a 4″ gap on the bottom edge. Clip corners and curves. (I used about a 3/8″ seam allowance).
- Turn cape right side out, pushing corners out. Slip stitch opening closed.
Happy holidays everyone! And don’t forget to visit the rest of the bloggers on our tour (below)!
Sunday December 3rd, Me Made
4th: Sew Sophie Lynn
5th: Hazelnut Handmade
Monday December 11th, Tenille’s Thread
12th: MNW Sews
13th: Mahlica Designs
14th: Very Blissful
15th: Stitched by Jennie
Monday December 18th, Kate Will Knit
19th: Sewing by Ti
20th: Vicky Myers Creations
21st: Margarita on the Ross
22nd: Auschick Sews (You are here!)
23rd: Shalini’s Blog
Tuesday December 26th: Seams Sew Low
28th: Sew Like a Sloth
29th: Sewing By Ti
30th: Kathys Kwilts and More
31st: Embrace Everyday