(background image in public domain from https://www.floridamemory.com/photographiccollection/)
Did you get the latest AG catalog and think, “I MUST have Maryellen’s new airstream!” and then have sticker shock at the price and the fact that the campfire, etc. was extra? Me too. So here’s an enabling post: I made a pattern for a similar playsuit with much easier construction than the original, and with the money you save making it, you can totally justify that new camper! 😉
Spring is usually a VERY snowy time in the mountains, but the weather has so far been pretty nice – although much too windy to take doll pix outside unfortunately! This project is perfect if you’re really looking forward to warm weather. It’s not as quick as I initially anticipated, but should be do-able for an advanced beginner, since it’s not much more complicated than making a pair of pants. Try the playsuit part as a swimsuit for Nanea, or maybe even Melody if you shorten the legs. In case it’s not obvious, you could also turn the facing to the inside so it doesn’t show and in that case you could just pink the raw edges and not have to deal with the hassle of turning it under.
If your doll is brand new, this playsuit might be loose on her. See inside the pattern for “Are AGs losing weight again?” If you need a tight fit, I would suggest sewing the side seams first and basting the center front seam. Pin the back in place and then take in any excess at the front. For that reason, I changed the front facing piece to have a CF seam, instead of a fold as you see here. Make sure to adjust it the same amount that you take in at the front.