You can't see my "happy dance", but I am rejoicing to have reached my goal of making my daughter a time-period costume and her American Girl doll a dress for each time period they studied in a girl's literature club over the last year!
NINE dresses in ALL!
Kit's Girl Costume Dress
Marilyn by Children's Corner (OOP, but found one on Esty)
Virginia by Children's Corner for collar
Changes to pattern:
1. Added another scallop to the front to match the AG doll dress.
2. Took a few inches off the sleeve cap so it wasn't so tall and full.
3. Added Virgina collar to match the AG doll dress.
4. Added rick-rack trim in the same places as the doll dress.
Blue background with red roses, I think it is by Timeless Treasures, but not positive.
Kit Doll Dress
Keepers Dolly Duds Designs "1930s Frock"
Sold on Esty's Thimbles and Acorns site.
Same print from girl's dress
The "1930s Frock" dress is fast and easy to make. A great fitting pattern and well drafted.
So, what have I accomplished through this exercise:
1. I have toned my pattern re-drafting muscles by taking a few existing patterns and revamping them to my needs. By doing it for fun, it isn't very intimidating to try for "real" dresses.
2. Used up LOTS of fabric. Some from my stash and a few new yards.
3. Used many of those AG patterns I always thought I would get around to using.
4. Made my daughter very happy and well dressed on literature club days.
I made nine "almost" matching dresses, tell me which one is your favorite:
So, what is my new sewing adventure?
Summer Sewing School
Teaching a few sewing lessons for my daughter and her friends.