American Girl doll dresses collection - Simple Life

Simple Life – small dresses collection for American Girl dolls


How do you choose fabrics for doll clothes?

I know that the right way, probably not in a doll sewing, but in general, to draw sketches after you get an idea of a collection. And then visit fabric stores and buy the fabrics that you need.

But I live in Fabric Paradise!

So sometimes I have a small walk at our fabric centers just for looking. And if I buy every fabric that I like I’ll have a huge stash at home ;)

So I came up with my own fabric purchase system. I buy only fabric that I can imagine how I will use it!

When I bought floral fabrics I thought that I should sew something very simple from them. I found pieces of one-color suitable fabric, and I had an idea!

I would like to show all the dresses, one by one.

Navy blue wrap floral dress

The first dress is a simple wrap dress from navy blue floral fabric. The dress’s bodice has a lining, as many of my dresses have, and neckline edges finished with bright yellow bias. The bodice has a button closure at the back, and I found the buttons exactly the same color as the bias. The dress skirt is flared, it also has a belt, that keeping on doll waist by loops from the yellow fabric.
Navy blue wrap dress Navy blue wrap dress. Front view Navy blue wrap dress. Back view

Banana color wrap floral dress with butterfly sleeves

The second dress sewn from banana color floral fabric. The difference is between it and the first one that it has butterfly sleeves made from dark magenta cotton-silk (50% cotton, 50% silk) fabric. The bias and the loops also made from this very soft, gentle and very pleasant to touch dark magenta fabric.
Yellow wrap dress with butterfly sleeve Yellow wrap dress with butterfly sleeve. Front view Yellow wrap dress with butterfly sleeve. Back view

Embroidered floral dresses

Then I made an embroidery design using the fabric pattern as a reference. Because I had floral fabric in three different colors, I embroidered three bodices. I used the colors of each fabric for the each bodice. Here are the dresses:
Embroidered-dress-navyblue-color Embroidered dress with navy blue skirt. Details
Embroidered-dress-banana-color Embroidered dress with yellow skirt. Details
Embroidered dress Embroidered dress with cyan skirt. Details

Because I have sewn 1-2 copies of each dresses, and my own dolls do not need them all, I decided to open a shop on my website. All dresses from this collection available for purchase.

2 thoughts on “Simple Life – small dresses collection for American Girl dolls

  • These dresses are lovely, I particularly love the ones with the embroidered bodices, so pretty.
    Unfortunately I’m not as disciplined as you and I tend to see fabric and think “oooooh I must buy that one!” and as a result I have masses of fabric now without any idea what I will make with it. LOL. One day I will get around to use it all….but I’ll probably have to sew every day for the next 75 years to even make an inroad into my stash ;)

    • Thank you, Sharon!

      I’m not sure that this my “disciplined” approach is correct.

      I saw a beautiful fabric about a month ago. I couldn’t imagine immediately what I can to sew from it. So I didn’t buy it. A couple of days later I got a brilliant idea what to sew. And I had to check my schedule to go and buy that fabric.

      Alas, the fabric was sold out.

      So now I think – I have find a middle ground.

      And I have some fabrics that I like, but I will never sew from them. I keep them as fabric masterpieces ;)

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