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Thread: I Have Taken A Break From Quilting!

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    I Have Taken A Break From Quilting!

    I have officially taken a break from quilting for at least the next few weeks. My girls have asked me to make American Girl clothes for their dolls, clothes for their Disney Princess dolls, clothes for their Cabbage Patch dolls, clothes for their Build-A-Bear teddies and clothes for the dolls I made them years ago. So, I'm up to my elbows in tiny pieces of cloth for doll clothes, lol. Let's see if I can survive the next few weeks. :}
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    Good luck....please post some pics!!!

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    I haven't made doll clothes for lots of years. My girls are 46 and 43, I use to sew the clothes and put from Mrs. Claus.
    I use to make clothes for GI Joe too, Son is 50. Two Granddaughters didn't play with dolls very much. Now 25 and 19.
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    I LOVE doll clothes! I kept my DD's Giggles doll when she outgrew it because I'd made some clothes for her. I couldn't find the pattern a few years ago so finally found it on ebay because I want to make more for her. One of the outfits I'd made is a purple corduroy coat and hat and I got her a pair of light purple shoes to go with it!! She has dresses with pinafores and matching panties too! I'd made a bunch of Barbie clothes too and, to my everlasting chagrin, gave them away with the dolls! I learned to knit making a Barbie sweater. Giggles is an 18" doll but I think a bit different measurements than the American Girls--I know her feet are a hair bigger--got a darling pair of bunny ear slippers and they're too small! But I got shoe patterns too so am ready! I need to work on her hair tho cause it's a bit of a mess. My DD is now 53 and I think I was the "doll" person more than she was! I have so many great memories of my own dolls and their clothes. You are going to have a ball and I agree....be sure to show us pics!

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    I use to make Barbie clothes when my DD was little. I look at them now and wonder how I ever did that. lol

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    I still have some of the Barbie doll clothes I made for my daughter and wonder the same thing....how did I do it? This triggered a memory...remember those shag carpets that had to be raked? It sure was not fun stepping on those tiny plastic high heels hidden in the carpet with bare feet!

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    I used to make clothes for my kids Cabbage Patch dolls. One Christmas I made PJs for them with matching ones for their CP dolls. Probably made Barbie clothes too. I wish that I had a granddaughter so I had an excuse to buy an American Girl doll and make clothes for it. Like I need more things to do! LOL
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    I made Victorian night gowns for my 3 GDs and then made a matching gown for their American Girl Gowns. They are in their 20's now but have saved their gowns and dolls for their futures.

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    I made a batch of doll clothes for my granddaughter's American Girl. EAsiest to use were Nancy Zieman's patterns, available from her website. I think you can watch the shows on there too, for free.

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    You go girl, you will love it and I hope we all get the pleasure of seeing the completed projects. Have fun!

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    I love to make American Girl doll clothes for my DGD. I googled "Free American Girl doll clothes patterns" amd got lots of free patterns. I don't know who has had more fun with her doll, DGD or me!

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    I learned to sew because I wanted Barbie dresses that we could not afford. (They were more expensive than my clothes.) So my best friend's mother had the patterns because she loved to sew doll clothes and let Judy & I use the patterns. I did not make clothes for my daughters' dolls because they didn't seem to want them. Also, I had one of those 1973 portable Singer machines with the plastic gears, they were in high school when I finally got a machine that didn't fall apart every time you turned it on. The gears were so bad I couldn't finish a dress without having it go back to the repair shop. (I sewed like crazy in high school on my mother's Singer and this was such a disappointment.)

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    Doll clothes are fun but time consuming to make. I made my great niece a whole bin full of clothes for her baby doll for Christmas and used my daughter's original Cabbage Patch and Preemie patterns from 25 years ago. I had to gather up some knits and other fabrics from my friends as I had gotten rid of this type of fabric when I started quilting. Even when I had everything cut out and ready, it still took me half an hour to make a t-shirt and an hour and a half to make a dress and matching panties. My niece loved her gift but now her cousin wants doll clothes and she has no great aunt to stitch for her.
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    good luck-- hope you share with us when you get them done. My cabbage patchdolls are still in storage down stairs and I loved making clothes for them. I always thought I would have a grand daughter so they would have somethings to play with when they would come over to visit.. grand kids aren't going to happen but I still like them.

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    I made lots of clothes for my DGD's American Girl dolls, as well. Alas, she is almost 16 and the dolls are all packed up. It was a sad day! The dog got Kit Kittredge and we had to send her back to the hospital for new arms and legs. She was missing a hand and a foot! She arrived safely home, all healthy, in a wheelchair, wearing a hospital gown. Oh how I miss those days!

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    Quote Originally Posted by damaquilts View Post
    I use to make Barbie clothes when my DD was little. I look at them now and wonder how I ever did that. lol
    I made a Barbie doll dress for my DD years ago. It turned out lovely but it was so small and hard to work with those tiny pieces of fabric that I swore - not only while making it - but afterwards that I would never make another Barbie dress/clothing again. And I never have. But good luck to those of you who like to sew the tiny clothes.

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    that is so awesome of you. I decided after christimas that I wanted to make dolly cloths for little girls for next christmas. So I went to the goodwills and am buying 'babies' and making a few outfits for each one. Then I'm going to clean the babies up real good and give them away to little girls, just because..
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    Fantastic. kids growing up in shelters are so thrilled to see things as simple as dolls, trucks and boardgames, that it is heartwarming to hear that you are doing this. we cook and serve at several area shelters and always have a few small toys for the little ones who show up with mom. bless you

    Quote Originally Posted by JLMiller View Post
    that is so awesome of you. I decided after christimas that I wanted to make dolly cloths for little girls for next christmas. So I went to the goodwills and am buying 'babies' and making a few outfits for each one. Then I'm going to clean the babies up real good and give them away to little girls, just because..
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    oh that sounds like fun. I made all my daughters baby doll clothes when she was little. She loved them so much. They all had bonnets and bloomers to match each dress. Hope you post pics when you are done.
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    Good luck on your new adventure. I used to make Barbie some more lady like dresses when my girls were younger.

    I thought about making clothes for an 18" doll, maybe this Fall after the Summer house maintenance chores are done.
    I can't wait to see some pictures of their new outfits.
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    My grand daughter saved her allowance and purchased her very own American Girl Doll. For her birthday her mom
    was going to take her to the American Girl doll store while visiting her other grandmother. I made doll clothes and sent to her for her birthday and when she saw them she was so happy she decided to buy a second doll with her money, she had again saved, and some she earned for her birthday. So since she was so happy with what I had done I had to make more doll clothes, so I too am taking a break from quilting, but I'm still having so much fun!!!
    She said,"Grammy, the one's you make are better than the American girl doll clothes." Can't get any more appreciation than that, so more clothes she will have!
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    She said,"Grammy, the one's you make are better than the American girl doll clothes." Can't get any more appreciation than that, so more clothes she will have![/QUOTE]

    wow that is sooo awesome...
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    Thanks for all the encouragement! I'm still plugging away, but I'll post pics as soon as I'm done!
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    i have to laugh. I didn't make many when my girls were small. Along comes the cutest grandaughter with such a smile I would do anything. That included two American girl dolls and from then for years, each time it was two doll dresses and one to match "exactly" for my grandaughter!! Be careful what you start!....some of my best memories though!
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