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Saturday, September 08, 2012

Doll Clothes we made (or remade : )

I have made lots of clothes since we first got Grace that first Christmas.  I thought I would share some of them with you.  I like to reuse clothes that my kids have outgrown or holes in the knees.  I also hang on to things that are in great shape, but just have a stain that I can't get out.

This was a super easy dress made from knee socks.  I cut off the foot of the sock and cut 2 arm holes.  The fabric naturally curls up to make a turtle neck.  An easy variation and it could be a turtle neck sweater.

The denim skirt is made from jean cutoff.  I just added elastic to the top.  The leggings were made from my daughter's tights that she outgrew.


This tee is one of many things I made from outgrown clothes.  I keep tees and jeans that are too small for my kids and it is a great store of fabric for doll clothes and other projects.

This Saree is made from purchase fabric.  I love ethnic clothes and wanted to try this out.

Punjabi dresses.  My daughter's best friend's family is from India and I made these for her doll.

...and one more.

This is an Easter dress made from a $1.00 tea towel I found at Target.  

This maxidress was made from a repurposed tee of my daughter's.  
This is one of her favorite doll dresses.

These two dresses were made from one blouse found at Goodwill.  It made very pretty dresses that remind me of the 70s era.  

This was made from a scrap of fabric I found at Wal-mart.  
I also made the little jacket out of a re-purposed tee.

 This poncho and hat is a little crochet project I put together.  I think it came out pretty cute.

Here is the stripe tee again with some skinny jeans I made from cut offs. 

This is one of my favorite projects.  My daughter wanted to have a matching outfit for our visit at the American Girl Doll Store in LA.  I copied a tee we bought at Target in a smaller scale.  I sewed the doll tee out of a repurposed tee and painted a matching pattern.  The dolls bicycle pants were made from the sleeve of the tee.    

Here is a picture of them together.

Not clothes really, but I thought I would stick this in here.  I used leather scraps from the craft store and cut 4 small slits (2 on either side of toes, 2 on either side of ankles) with a craft blade.  Using a large needle I threaded lace or ribbon through the slits.  Thread across the toes under the sole and then up through the slits at the ankle.  The sandals on the right were definitely more successful in my opinion.





18 comments:

Barbara said...

Did you use a pattern for any of these?

Sophie & Brenda said...

Yes, the Punjabi dresses I used a doll pattern for pajamas. I lengthened the top a little, but that was the only change I made. The pants are straight off the pajama pattern. I will try to find the name of the pattern.

Amy said...

Very cute!

Laura Hutchinson said...

I like you creative style, I do a lot of upcycling with my clothing and things I find a thrift stores. I love your site! Nice Job!

Sophie and Brenda said...

Thank you Laura, I enjoy making things!

peacemaker said...

My three girls are just becoming interested in the American Girl dolls. I stumbled on your blog tonight while looking for less expensive dollhouse ideas. Tonight is nursery night, so all 5 children get to sleep in Mommy and Daddy's bedroom. I just realized I've been looking at your blog for about an hour. It is so fun and engaging! Thank you for sharing your talents!
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peacemaker said...

My three girls are just becoming interested in the American Girl dolls. I stumbled on your blog tonight while looking for less expensive dollhouse ideas. Tonight is nursery night, so all 5 children get to sleep in Mommy and Daddy's bedroom. I just realized I've been looking at your blog for about an hour. It is so fun and engaging! Thank you for sharing your talents!
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Sophie and Brenda said...

Thank you SO much peacemaker! I enjoy making things and I have always liked miniatures and anything small scale. I am glad you have enjoyed our blog!

Baby Jane said...

Couldn't craft foam be used for the base of the shoe? It's pretty easy to cut and I don't think the slits would tear. What do you think? Thanks...these are really cute.

Sophie and Brenda said...

Yes, I think craft foam would definitely work for the shoes!

lorilee said...

All I can say is AMAZING!

Sophie and Brenda said...
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Sophie and Brenda said...

Thank you so much Lorilee! I enjoy making things for the dolls and I love to hear others enjoy it too.

Carolyn said...

So happy to find this. My granddaughters got American Girl dolls for Christmas and I've made a few outfits from a pattern, but these are adorable and very inspiring. Can't wait to try some of your ideas!

Brenda Cackowski said...

Love your ingenuity, and creative thoughts. Just started with these kind of clothes myself, but Love these!

Brenda and Sophie said...

Carolyn & Brenda thank you for your comments. I love making clothes for our dolls. Doll clothes are so fast to make and so gratifying! I hope you enjoy the patterns on the blog

Anonymous said...

Hi i am trying to make something for my sister for her doll for Christmas i wonder if you could tell me a few easy things to make thankx

Brenda and Sophie said...

If you do a search on Pinterest for "DIY American Girl" you will find tons of ideas. Good luck and happy crafting!