It’s SOOO cute online, but of course it’s never in my Target
to buy. Aside from that, I’m not the biggest
fan of fluorescent colors any more (haven’t been since about 5th grade) and I
thought the look could be improved greatly by more intentional placement of the
motifs. The look of the original is
exactly what it is – machine embroidered fabric, cut and sewn for a trendy,
boho-type look. If you want that look,
the pre-made outfit is a great deal, it even comes with shoes and a bag! I was going for something a little more traditional
and hand-made looking, for timeless style that won’t go out with the boho
I’ve included a graph for simplified motifs using hand cross stitch and you have a couple of options included in the pattern. The easiest is to just complete the whole thing on coordinating 12ct cross stitch fabric and use that as your front bodice fabric. Cross stitch is a great form of embroidery for kids to get familiar with handling a needle and thread, and it’s hard to have it come out looking terrible as long as they can count. You might even consider doing the first half the stitches, so all the counting is correct and then helping the child do the second round to cross over them.
If you’re really in a hurry, I also digitized a .pes design – the link is in the pattern.
Are you thinking the unusual yoke pattern is a great embroidery canvas? Or a perfect use for a small piece of embroidered fabric? Or eyelet? Or an overlay of fancy lace/trim? I agree! The construction of this is similar to this dress: https://jenwrenne.wordpress.com/2014/08/07/back-to-school-time-already/ so if you need more text explanations, it will be helpful.
Sorry it’s been a while. Thanks to Lisa for the encouragement I needed to put out a post! 🙂
If you are like me, you might have a fixed idea that certain
patterns/styles go with certain fabrics.
Sometimes it’s purely for aesthetic reasons (sure, you could make a prom
dress out of Spiderman flannel…) and other times it’s for durability, or some
specific characteristic of the fabric like drape or stretchiness.
With doll clothes you can sometimes bend the rules a little
more because you don’t always need to take wear/comfort into account. One of my former fixed ideas was that
stretchy fabric when used for pants should be very stretchy to be comfortable,
and gets made with an elastic waistband.
I recently got a new Our Generation Leticia [link] who has the lovely new face mold shared by several other dolls including Melina [link]. As I’ve mentioned before, although the regular OG face mold is cute, this new face mold has an artistically-sculpted feel to it that I love and I hope they continue to use it for more dolls. I first saw her online a few weeks ago and had been checking and checking the supposed stock of them at my store on the Target website. Even though it said she was not in stock, I happened to be there and it turned out she actually was, YAY!
Even further off topic…we were waiting a while for a price
check since she wasn’t ringing up correctly and, probably just to make
conversation, the checkout girl asked if it was for my daughter. I thought
about just saying yes, because that would be the typical response, but said no,
it was for me, and when I got a weird look I then went on to talk about my blog
as sort of a rationale about why I needed her.
Being very introverted, I usually don’t do that, and it made me wonder
how many doll-collecting adults (if asked) actually don’t admit the dolls are
for themselves when they buy them. I
think the type of doll might factor into that equation too; for instance, if
you’re buying a Bleuette, she is very expensive, has artistic value in addition to historical,
and these days is clearly not a child’s toy.
But a $25 doll from Target is marketed to be a child’s toy, so buying it
as an adult feels quite different.
Anyway, the pants Leticia came with bent my old fabric/pattern rules in a happy way. They were double knit, so sort of stretchy, but not as much as T-shirt fabric or fleece. They were definitely not pants-weight fabric for a human, as they’d likely wear out quickly, but for a doll that’s not a concern. As a seamstress, I thought there were several things to love about them, most importantly their simple construction. Instead of a waistband or facing, the top edge just had a narrow, single-fold hem because the knit wouldn’t be likely to fray, and then they closed with velcro in the back. So the fit was slim, taking advantage of the fabric’s slight stretchiness to allow the doll to still sit comfortably, but without the hassle of an elastic waist! Also, it was great to see such nicely-fitted-at-the-torso pants that were specifically made for an OG body. I don’t have an enormous amount of OG vs AG fitting experience, but the OGs do seem to be a bit more consistent with body sizing from doll to doll than AGs, who have been manufactured over a much longer period of time.
So, I took some measurements of the originals and replicated Leticia’s pants as a pattern for your OGs, with original fabric suggestions of light to medium-weight, and at least semi-stretchy. That would be anything from double-knits to sweatshirt fabric to the lighter twills/denims that have lycra woven in to give them some stretch. At the last minute, my stash refused to cooperate, so I ended up adding a bit of length and ease and making the girlfriend-cut cuffed pants she’s wearing now with non-stretchy fabric, and just serged at the top where you’d do a single hem or face with bias. If your stash DOES have stretchy fabric, you can take in the legs at the side seam by about 1/4″ to make them tighter.
These pants are SO fast and simple to make you can easily make lots of variations of them, and this pattern would also be great to use if you’re teaching a child to sew. Next week will be the shirt!
Yep, time to start brainstorming! I have so many ideas for this year including sewing and accessorizing for tiny dolls like Lottie or Ginny, various historical themes like Viking or Elizabethan (yes, I did a whole Elizabethan thing when Elinor came out and it never got blogged yet, if you can believe that), travels along the Silk Road, Fairy Tales, (different story and associated costume each week), OGs Go to Camp, a sew-along specifically for boy dolls (AG/Kidz n Cats/OG/Sasha), and finally, I had a vague plan to design a modern, coordinated cut-and-sew wardrobe that you could either order as yardage and make everything at your own pace or I’d also post the individual patterns each week on the blog if you’d rather make it in your own fabric. To save on fabric-printing costs, that one would probably be for smaller-size dolls, maybe Hearts for Hearts or even tiny ones like Lottie. Post a comment to weigh in and suggest what you’d like to sew! I’ll leave comments open for a few weeks to collect responses, but the actual sew-along theme will be a surprise! Most likely it will happen again in May this year.