18″ Doll Skirt from a Shirt Sleeve
Quinn has decided that she wants an American Girl doll for her birthday this year. I think they are ridiculously expensive, but she has been consistent all year that this was her dearest wish. She has an 18″ doll that we got several years ago at a church yard sale. She is Tolly Tots brand, but looks very similar to the American Girl dolls and has been largely ignored. I decided to clean her up and make her some clothes to see if Quinn will play with her and dress her and such. It is sort of a test to see if she really is interested in one of these big girl dolls. We got a wig brush and did her hair. I got the ink marks off with rubbing alcohol and magic eraser. I put an outfit (that she came with) on her and suddenly she was beautiful to Quinn. The thing that cinched it is that Quinn named her. Intoducing: Rose Petal
I looked around online for free doll clothes patterns and pinned quite a few things at Pinterest. You might like to have a look at what is there.
I hit the thrift shop and picked up some clothes with some fabrics that I knew Quinn would like. The first things that I made were a couple of t-shirts with this pattern.. I only followed the directions exactly the first time because I found my serger to be so much faster. It was very helpful shape to have that shape for my first item. Rose Petal is eagerly waiting to not be a nudist.
Biggest tip ever – If you can, ALWAYS cut your pattern to maintain the existing hem in the clothes. You will save time and it will look more professional.
After this shirt, I cut the sleeve off of a silk blouse. (For the record, I don’t think <i>I</i> have anything silk in my own clothes.) I noticed that it fit around her.
I kept the angle of where the sleeve attached to the shirt and then sewed an elastic waistband into the other end (mid-sleeve). You can see from the pictures, I didn’t do any pinning or worrying about the stitches. I may regret that a tad, but my daughter never noticed.
Well, sort of. In these pics, the bottom isn’t hemmed and it was fraying like crazy, so I ended up running it through the sewing machine. Here she is in her new t-shirt and silk skirt.
I hope you like this. It was super easy and my daughter thinks it is very fancy.