Thursday, January 5, 2012

gift giving

We had my brother-in-laws family this year for Christmas.  They have 2 little girls that are in love with American Girl dolls, so I decided to make matching outfits for them and their dolls.

The doll skirts were so little compared to the girls skirts. 

*for those interested, an American Girl doll's waist is 12" and the length is 5".  I just used these dimensions,  adding 1/4" to the top of the skirt and length of the waistband for the seam allowance when I connected them.  I also added an extra 1/4" to the length of the skirt for a teeny tiny hem. 

For the waistbands, I just used the same method that I do in my Maxi Skirt, except I didn't make the band as wide because I didn't want it to fold down.  I also made ties for the girls by sandwiching the ties in between the waistbands when I sewed them together.  (make sure the ties are both pointing toward the center of the skirt when you sew them.  That way when you flip the waistband right-side out, the ties will be pointing out in the right directions) 

For the doll's skirts I just made mini bows and glued them to the front

It was so fun to see their reactions when they opened the gifts.  One of these days I'll get a picture of them in their skirts with their dolls.

I also gave my mom and SIL Rachel cardigans.


Don't forget to enter the pillow giveaway from BDG Style!  It ends tonight!


  1. This post came at a great time... I made two skirts for my colleague's daughter, and now she wants matching skirts for her American Girl Doll! Can you tell me the measurements you used? I'm not sure how tall or wide the dolls are. Or did you just wing it?

  2. Andrea - I just added the doll measurements to the post. Hope this helps!

  3. OMG you are so talented! What a cute and fun gift for the girls! You did a great job and I love the bows!


  4. Awesome gifts! I love those cardigans!

  5. I just started following your blog and am so impressed with your sewing skills! I wish I had them!


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