White shirt and suede trousers for American Girl dolls

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After I finished sweaters for Caroline Abbott, I thought that Lea Clark also need a new outfit. I decided to sew her new suede trousers and a shirt.

I used Liberty Jane jeans pattern for trousers and sewed them from a sand color faux suede. But I’d changed them a little making them straight below the knees.

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Lea-in-white-shirt-and-suage-trouses

For the shirt I also used Liberty Jane shirt pattern. But again – I don’t like it!

At the first, I have sewn a lot of shirts in my life and can clearly make sleeve cuts even with closed eyes! But the instructions for sleeve cuts in Liberty Jane pattern are really strange :).

At the second, I always make real buttonholes on doll clothes starting from MSD size. And I was surprised that they used snaps or Velcro for 18 inch dolls! Probably, if somebody sew cheap clothes for children’s play this works, but not in my case. I finished this shirt only because I decided to follow instructions and have good sewing experience 🙂 And I convinced once again that it is better not to use a third-party sewing patterns.

Caroline Abbott and Lea Clark in suede pants

So when I decided that Lea needs boots to finish her image I didn’t start to find boots pattern 🙂 I made it myself. And I have to say that I really like how Lea’s boots look!

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I sewed her boots from tan color faux suede with cotton lining. I chose tan suede because her trousers made also from suede, and I think it would be a nice combination of fabric in different colors. I bought a rubber in a craft store and used it for outer sole. I discovered that the rubber can be easily cut with scissors, then the edges can be treated with sandpaper so the finished sole looks pretty good.

2 thoughts on “White shirt and suede trousers for American Girl dolls

  • The whole outfit is perfect for her, it’s lovely. I like the boots too.
    I agree that some patterns are really weirdly written and it’s often better to just ignore the instructions and do it as you would normally. The finished results, more often than not, are the same!

    • Thank you!

      Sharon, I’ve been sewing for decades but I never learned how to do this 🙂 So I decided to follow instructions because this pattern was provided by good company with good sewing experience. I couldn’t ignore their instructions 🙂

      Yet next time I’ll better make my own pattern.

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