I took a bit of a blogging break – well, blogging less at least – over the Christmas break, but it was mainly due to the fact that I finally got our sewing machine out of the closet. I will admit that I had lost my desire for sewing over the past many years, since sewing for boys just isn’t much fun at all. I’ve sewn almost all of the curtains in our home and such, but boy clothes just isn’t much fun. When I found out that I was pregnant with a little girl, I was eager to start sewing dresses for her, but then I found out that I could get gorgeous dresses for $3.49 or less at my favorite consignment store, which was cheaper than making it myself – see how I get cheap or free girl’s dresses here.
However, I recently won a beautiful Springfield Doll for our baby girl at MudPies and Tiaras, and although she is not big enough for it yet, I decided to start sewing doll clothes – and I’m having a blast doing it.
I will admit that I amazed both myself, my husband, and the boys in my family, while our little girl sequels in delight, every time I show off a new creation.
I started out making a simple tutu skirt for the very simple pink dress that the Emma doll came with. I also made a tutu skirt for our little girl in the same color, so that she will have a matching outfit with her doll.
Then, I decided on making a new dress from some scrap fabric with my own design. I used some parchment paper to make a simple doll pattern, and I used some pretty pink flower ribbon to add some extra girly details.
This is when I amazed myself so much that I decided to look for free doll clothes patterns online. The next dress I made was this drawstring doll dress from Heritage Doll Fashions at Pixie Faire, and it turned out really great. The instructions were easy and simple to follow, and I had a new cute doll dress made in no time.
Making a doll dress literally only takes a bit of a fabric scraps, and I am now trying to come up with lots of cute doll dress designs, so that my little girl can get doll clothes for her birthday and Christmas, as she gets older. A dress for a doll can easily cost $10, so making my own doll clothes for her out of scrap fabric will save us a lot of money. You can either make your own creations, buy doll clothes patterns or find free doll clothes patterns online such as the one I used above.
Do you make your own doll clothes?
This is the first post in our series How To Make Doll Clothes, but you can always find of the posts in the the top navigation bar under Frugality Posts or at this How To Make Doll Clothes tab.