I made a few items for my niece’s American Girl doll. I made a headband, a caplet, and a dress. I used a couple tutorials to help me along with sizing and ideas, here is one. I didn’t save the others and didn’t follow them exactly anyway. Thank you kindly for the help! I am always so thankful for people sharing their experiences (especially for beginners!), not only so I don’t have to pay for instructions and patterns, but I think sewing is something of a life skill. You never know when you might need to make your own clothes (like during the inevitable zombie apocalypse).
I made the dress on mycupoverflows website, but at first it looked like a hospital gown so I added a flower to the waist and it magically became cute! Sometimes just one thing can change the entire look of a garment.
Then I made daughter #2 a crown since sissy got one a few weeks ago. I just cut a shape on the fold of some craft felt and sewed the elastic on. Voila!
She is not easily amused and would not smile for the camera.
Here is a quick felt flower I hot glued onto a hair band for sissy:
She on the other hand, LOVES the camera.
It is SO cute and she loves it. She is a dress kinda girl. Sister? Not so happy in the photo, but she’s always kind of emo!
Ok, it’s not for spring but this fabric screams spring to me. It was so cute I had to get it. Isn’t that what we all say regarding a fabric we love? I have been taking my time on this dress; serging (overlock stitching) all my seams, topstitching where I can, and adding a pretty pink bias tape to the neckline. I was going to do a ruffle on the neck but decided against it. It’s just as well because I couldn’t find the pattern piece for it (I am partially using Simplicity 1547). I ordered a wheel tracer that doesn’t cut so I can preserve future patterns I buy.
Adding the bias tape to the neckline. It was a cinch!
Adding a bit of tulle! I have been wanting to try this.
**UPDATE** here are some almost finished photos!! I am gushing!! It’s looking beautiful so far. I wanted to finish it tonight however I tired and decided to quit once I got the sleeves done.
Here is my newest refashion project. I have taken an old romper and chopped the bottom off (the bum is ripped anyway). I also chopped off the sleeves but left the ruffles on. I am going to add long sleeves from the pink tank pictured. I will leave the lace on where it will fall on the wrist. Then I plan to sew on the skirt somehow! It doesn’t fit the oldest anymore and it’s breaching on tight for the younger. I may be able to open the skirt up and widen it a bit…not sure yet.
I added some cuffs to the pants because they were just too short and we don’t live at the beach! No high-waters here.
I am glad to be putting my scraps to good use. I have quickly grown a scrap collection and was getting worried I might be keeping too many! What am I going to do with the odd shaped ones? I guess make a quilt one day?
You can see on the right back pocket I had trouble tacking them. I ended up just zig-zaging generously. The jeans were too thick folded over. Does anyone have any tips? I was using a heavy fabric needle.
I was also playing around with stitches on the Janome DC1050 as you can see (the yellow florals), but I will rip those out. It was just for fun!
There you have it. The final shirt (I think!). I think I need anorther set of ruffles above the current ones.
It’s much better than the dress I had planned for it. I added some ruffles to the front, cut the collar off, and and an elastic waistband. I still want to try some darts on the back or something. It is still a little big. I was going to add a skirt at the waist but decided that was a bad idea because it’s a slinky shirt. A skirt would probably hang it and stretch it.
I have been inspired by all the refashions I see online. I have this plaid shirt that I think I have grown out of and wanted to make it into something for Éva. I decided on a dress since that would probably be easiest.
From what I have done so far tonight, I may yet attach the top portion to a skirt. A circle skirt I think. I don’t like the [handmade] piping I attached to the bottom of the dress so far because it is stiff and the shirt is slinky so it creates a hoop of sorts. I also removed the old cuffs and added new teal ones. I do like those! I was thinking some vertical ruffles on the chest by the pockets but then I would have to remove the pockets and the fabric may be worn out there…so, scratch that idea. I was also thinking maybe scrunch in the sides a bit by sewing a strip of elastic on the inside. Kid clothes look cute scrunched up a bit!
So many options! I guess I will mull it over and post the final tomorrow.