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I have two granddaughters, each of which my mother and I gave American Girl Dolls for their birthdays this year. The 2 year old has a Bitty Baby named Jenny and the 4 year old has an AG doll named Hannah that has the same hair and eyes as she does. I have been making outfits for both of the dolls and the girls since August and am having a wonderful time making them. Often I make the dolls outfits to match dresses I've made for the girls. The 2 year old plays with Jenny all the time, the 4 year old just likes to dress her up to match herself then put her back on the shelf.
I am really surprised at how much I enjoy making the doll clothes! So much so in fact, that I bought one 'My Life As' doll from Walmart here in Canada a week or so ago to use as a fit model because the price just dropped by $7.00 and my research showed that the My Life As dolls were quite close in measurement to the AG dolls. She, now named Ainsley, has morphed into the doll I plan to keep at my house for them to play with when they vist, instead of just being a fit model. And since I have green eyes and (used to have naturally LOL) brown hair, when I saw another doll there yesterday with eyes like mine, I had to buy her too! She is named Sorcha, a Scottish name just like Ainsley. I have measured Ainsley very carefully and except for her shoulder area and chest, she is very, very close to the modern AG dolls. I used Simplicity 1443 to make this dress and petticoat which to me is very much in a 1930's style. I did not alter the pattern at all and am very pleased with the fit.
I hope you don't mind me jumping in here and joining you, and to be able to learn and share with all of you. I remember sewing doll clothes for Barbies when I was a kid, but I never played with the doll after. I just wanted an excuse to sew something. Now my idea is to make as many historical outfits as I can for the dolls. Again, I think it's the fun of sewing the outfits for me and having something totally different at my house for the girls to play with that excites me.
BTW, I now have braided Ainsleys hair and plan to do the same with Sorcha's. That is the one thing that is hugely different between the AG dolls and the My Life As dolls; the quaility of the hair. My granddaughters are so little that my dolls hair will stay braided whenever they get played with so it doesn't become a total disaster.