Tips + Tricks for Sewing Doll Clothes + MODKID Summer Fun Giveaway

on April 9 | in Books, Contests & Giveaways, Sewing + Quilting Tips | by | with 166 Comments

Patty Young has a new MODKID Summer Fun book and pattern pack out, full of accessories and outfits for 18″ dolls. You likely know Patty through her fabric collections with Michael Miller, cute clothing patterns or the super-handy and popular Sewing MODKID Style: Modern Threads for the Cool Girl.

The new MODKID Summer Fun includes a pack of full-size patterns. Patty will help you get your favorite doll ready for the best summer ever!

From the publisher:

Best-selling author Patty Young, of ever-popular MODKID®, debuts her newest collection of vacation outfits and accessories for 18” dolls in MODKID® Summer Fun. Featuring fashionable details like ruching, gusseted pockets, and gathers, the full-size patterns come in a handy pattern pack format, including an easy-to-follow instruction booklet. From a swimsuit and cover-up to a sleeping bag and beach tote, these miniature designs are simple to make and stylish to boot!

Patty has some great tips and tricks for sewing doll clothes below, and she’s also offering a giveaway copy of the book and pattern pack. (US residents receive a printed copy, non-US residents receive a digital copy.) Your comment below enters you to win a copy! Tell us about doll clothes… Did your mother or grandmother sew clothes for a special doll in your childhood? Do you have doll clothes sewing adventures or memories to share? Is there someone with a favorite 18″ doll in your life who needs a new summer wardrobe?

Additional stops on the MODKID Summer Fun tour, where you can see lots of the patterns all sewn up and modeled!:
4/1: Fabric Bliss
4/2: The Scientific Seamstress
4/3: Sew Sweetness
4/4: Generation Q
4/5: Pattern Revolution
4/7: Laura Kelly Designs + Doll Diaries
4/8: American Patchwork & Quilting
4/10: Sew Pretty Dresses
4/11: Patty Young/MODKID

Tips and Tricks for Sewing Doll Clothes by MODKID

  • Bear in mind that sometimes doll garment’s construction techniques vary from the full-size garments and a detail may be omitted to make it easier to sew in the smaller scale.
  • It is important to follow the order of construction because we’ll often hem the sleeves or pants before we close the seam; it’s easier to tackle small hems while we’ve still got the pieces flat!
  • Seam allowances for doll clothes are almost always ¼”, which is different than the ½” seam allowance we generally use for kids clothes.
  • Hook & loop tape (Velcro®) is most commonly used as closures in doll clothes for ease of construction. It also allows children to easily dress their dolls themselves.
  • You’ll find that by using a slow speed and a short stitch length, the small curves on the doll clothes will be easier to sew and smoother at the end.
  • We recommend using a serger or zig zag stitch to finish seams because we’re sure your doll will be dressed and undressed often!
  • You will have a much easier time sewing if you choose light-weight fabrics for your doll garments. For instance, if you want to make the Cargo shorts out of corduroy, choose a babywale cord as opposed to the thicker options.
  • It is generally a good idea to use small scale prints for your doll pieces. If you do find a larger scale print that you like, try fussy cutting it (like we did for our T-Shirt sample).

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166 Responses to Tips + Tricks for Sewing Doll Clothes + MODKID Summer Fun Giveaway

  1. Amanda says:

    What a cute pattern set!! I love a LOT of patty youngs patterns….she’s awesome. Keep them coming Patty!!

  2. Barbara P. says:

    My daughter is starting to sew and loves dolls and I’m hoping she will be able to whip up her own using my fabric scraps instead of spending money on the ones in the store. Also I have nieces with dolls and would love to make them some cute clothes for their birthdays.

  3. Connie T says:

    My love of doll clothes started on my 5th birthday. My mother sewed a complete wardrobe for my ‘original – stiff legged, Barbie Doll. She used a McCalls (somewhere I have the envelope) Pattern and scrapes, including the leftovers from her prom dress. I still have some of the clothes, they lasted thru me, my two younger sisters and my daughters (who thought Barbies were best played with in the yard – meaning sand and grass), and now my granddaughters. My granddaughters and I have moved forward to 18 inch dolls, they assist according to their sewing abilities, right down to the six year olds current ‘fashion’ demands – which she gleams from the fabrics in our scrap box which was inherited from my grandmother and mother.

  4. Amy says:

    I love making doll clothes. When I stayed home with my kids, I would make matching doll and little girl clothes. Fun!!!

  5. Gesa says:

    When I was a child, Barbie was something absolutely new and my mom didn’t like it at all. But my grandma didn’t mind and gave me one for my birthday. She sew several clothes for the barbie, of course a fabulous wedding dress but also underwear, a costume, a bath robe. None of my friends had something similar and I was very proud.
    Today barbies are normal for everyone and the traditional dolls are loved again :-). My daughter has got an 18 inch doll and I would love to sew some clothes for her.
    So thank you for the chance to win this special book and follow the footsteps of my granny!

  6. Barbara Martens says:

    Mymom taugt me to sew, so I could make my own doll clothes. She did knit for my dolls. My mother in law knit a whole Barbie wardrobe for my youngest daughter,right down to tinyslippers! Now I sew for “my” dolls-rescue dolls, and for a Madame Alexander I plan to give my first granddaughter when she turns 6–ony 3 years to wait!!

  7. Phyllis Gibson says:

    I spent the weekend with my 8 year old grand-daughter sewing clothes for “Gabby” and “Shavonne”. We would love to have cute summer patterns to add to their wardrobe!!

  8. Nicole Sender says:

    My mother taught me how to sew doll clothes. I enjoy sewing for dolls still. I have an number of 18 inch dolls who need a summer wardrobe.

  9. Nicole Sender says:

    My mother taught me how to sew doll clothes and I enjoy sewing for dolls still. I have an number of 18 inch dolls who need a summer wardrobe.

  10. Cristi says:

    My mom sewed my barbies a wardrobe. I still have most of them 30 years later.

  11. Nancy McKenzie says:

    I started sewing clothes for my Barbie on my mother’s treadle when I was about 10. It was my first experience with draping! I used all the scraps from my mother’s party outfits. I even sold outfits to the other mothers in the neighbourhood for their girls. Big Bucks!

  12. Posie says:

    My mother made beautiful clothes for my dolls, some which have been passed down to my grandchildren. I love to sew, and have several grandchildren with 18″ dolls just waiting for new outfits!

  13. Megan says:

    I still have my doll and sewing clothes for her would be great practice.

  14. Allison P says:

    I haven’t tried making doll clothes yet but I want to!

  15. Suzanne says:

    I’ve made a few things for and with my oldest daughter for my girls dolls. Fun but time consuming :) We would love to have this to make more from!

  16. Jocelyn says:

    Oh, gosh, I love to sew doll clothes for my future granddaughters. I hope they like what I’ve made!

  17. Jocelyn says:

    I love to sew doll clothes and have been collecting patterns and dolls for future granddaughters. Well, now that I have one, she’s not really interested. So…. I’m sewing for dolls for myself! Especially, it has been fun to make costumes for different seasons.

  18. Judy V says:

    My grand daughters, age 7 and 9 are keen to learn to sew outfits for their dolls. We’ve tried a couple of complicated patterns but I think they’d do better with your patterns. They’re awesome at pinning and handling the sewing machine but still nervous about cutting. Thanks for this opportunity to share more sewing with them

  19. Rebecca says:

    My grandmother knitted us lots of doll and Barbie clothes. I’d love to sew some up for my girls with all my fabric scraps!

  20. Ellen says:

    Like you need another comment, but here goes. My Grandma and Aunt made doll clothes for my sister and me. I still have most of them . Now I rescue dolls from yardsales and thrift stores, wash them up ,redo hair and make new clothes for them. I’ve made many, many 18 in clothes. Everyone says you ought to sell those, but it takes so long to finish up an outfit because I add so many little extras.

  21. Allison says:

    I love to make doll clothes for the dolls in our house!
    18″ preferably

  22. Therese says:

    My neighbor’s Mom made original wedding dresses for all the neighborhood dolls. So many memories!

  23. Cindy Dahlgren says:

    My Mom didn’t sew doll clothes for me, but she knit and crochet me Barbie Doll clothes. They were the most beautiful barbie doll clothes ever. I still have them.

  24. Megann H says:

    Cute projects! My mom and grandmother sewed. I am now starting to make clothes for my girls and love doing doll clothes!

  25. Bonnie says:

    My grandmother used to sew clothes for a doll that I had–I still have most of the clothes, but there is some breakdown of the elastic and discoloration around the snaps. Some of the first things I started making for my daughters was doll clothes and now my 10 year old sews her own! With three girls in the house this book would get years of use :)

  26. Marcia Kerstetter says:

    My mother sewed countless items to put together wonderfully beautiful wardrobes for all sizes of dolls that my 3 sisters and I had. Once I had a daughter, I sewed clothes for her doll and sometimes matching nighties or outfits for the two of them. Now that I am a Grammy, I enjoy sewing things for my granddaughters favorite dolls. I love to take a pattern and use it for a starting point to be creative and make doll clothing according to my granddaughter’s wishes or imagination. It is fun and rewarding, to say nothing of earning me lots of hugs of appreciation!

  27. KellyS says:

    I keep getting an error message, so hopefully my comment went though. My grandmother sewed things when I was small. I think she did some clothes, maybe for my cabbage patch kid? Probably for my Barbie. My mother-in-law still sews doll clothes for her grandkids. My little girl is a little small for an 18 inch doll, but I hope to get her one for her next birthday, then I will have fun sewing clothes for it!

  28. KellyS says:

    My grandmother sewed things when I was small. I think she did some clothes, maybe for my cabbage patch kid? Probably for my Barbie. My mother-in-law still sews doll clothes for her grandkids. My little girl is a little small for an 18 inch doll, but I hope to get her one for her next birthday, then I will have fun sewing clothes for it!

  29. Judi Schleiden says:

    Out how helpful this would be. My granddaughter has been asking for my daughter and I to start making some doll clothes. Would love to have this book to help guide me. A friend also told my daughter after making two outfits for the friends daughters birthday that she would pay her to make a bunch of clothes for her. Looks like at least my daughter’s work is cut out for her. Looks like a beautiful book and oh how I would love to have it!

  30. Carmen N says:

    My mother made a few Barbie doll clothes for me when I was young. My daughter has a few odd-sized dolls that I would like to make clothes for.

  31. Dee says:

    I learned to sew with my Nana and am now sewing the doll clothes for and with my granddaughters. Love Patty’s ModKid ideas for the dolls and the girls!

  32. Teresa Maddox says:

    I remember my mom one year for xmas made me and my 2 sisters shoe boxes of barbie clothes for our barbie dolls. Then when my sister had a little girl I made her barbie clothes. Being a single parent for years and having little boys and them being invited to little girls birthday parties and making doll clothes for their party. Now I have a great niece and girlfriends who have littke girls love the doll clothes now.

  33. Sophie T says:

    My mother was the one teaching me how to sew Barbie clothes. And now that I am a mother, I love sewing clothes for my daughter’s dolls! She is also slowly learning how to sew herself (but still lacks the patience!).

  34. Becky Bieri says:

    I teach kids sewing and they are always asking for doll clothes they can make.
    Would these by easy enough for kids?

  35. Angela Newman says:

    Those cargo shorts are sooo cute! My daughter needs some new clothes for her dolls!

  36. Sue says:

    OMG…I have been looking for fun patterns for 18″ Dolls to try my hand at sewing them. Some of the patterns I have seen look a bit “old fashioned”. These look GREAT.

    P.S. Hope I win !!!

  37. Marcia Young says:

    My mom’s friend from Germany made me a
    special doll with clothes when I was little and they were so special. I now make them for
    my twin girls making them doubly special.

  38. Heidi says:

    My mom used to sew clothes for my dolls (and Barbies) all the time when I was a kid. Now I can’t wait to carry on the tradition for my daughter when she is old enough!

  39. Roberta says:

    Learned to sew on doll clothes, then made them for my daughter and will make them for grandkids one day. Right now I make them for charity auctions.

  40. Marilyn says:

    At age 6 I learned to sew doll clothes (which I still have) with my mother and a good friend of my mother. I have continued to sew all my life for myself, my children, and now for my grandchildren. My granddaughters love the AG doll clothes I make to match their own clothes that I make for them. These clothes have such a modern, hip look! They would love them!

  41. Andrea says:

    I have an 8 year-old who would love some new clothes for her 18″ doll, so would love to win this.

  42. Naomi A says:

    My daughter (6.5) recently inherited my Kirsten AG doll. Kirsten still has all her period clothing, most if which my mom made. My dd has also received some fun Dollie & Me outfits and has been desperate for more fun clothes for “Keer-stir-in” as she calls her. This would be a fun book to get us started!

  43. Beth says:

    My grandma made me tons of clothes for my Barbie doll – beautiful clothes! I made clothes for my daughter’s American girl doll so they could have matching outfits and she loved them. Now I need to make clothes for my granddaughter’s dolls!

  44. Maureen says:

    As a child growing up in England I would sew doll clothes listening to my favorite radio program. Now, many years later and a change of country I am teaching my grand girls how to make their American Girl dolls fashionable clothes.

  45. Lin Marsh says:

    My Mom made clothes for my Barbie–actually pre-Barbie days. Barbie was too expensive. But I peeked, and so wasn’t as surprised on Christmas morning. Taught me a lesson–don’t peek!
    Two of my grand daughters are really into American Girl. I’ve made them a few things, need to make more.
    Lin

  46. This is perfect — my niece is in need of doll clothes and of course her easily manipulated auntie wants to make them for her! ;)

  47. Trina says:

    My grandmother used to make clothes for my dolls.

  48. Grandma G says:

    I’ve sewn a lot of clothes for my granddaughter’s AG doll, and I would love to make her a new summer wardrobe!

  49. Melissa says:

    I see doll clothes for my niece for her AG doll. She is autistic and she gets go excited when she gets new clothes

  50. Pattij says:

    My grandma used to make me doll clothes, but once I got a Barbie, I had to learn to sew myself. It was just too small for Grandma’s hands to make anything for.

  51. Laura says:

    My granddaughter loves playing dress up with my old dolls and the clothes my mother and aunt made for me. When I asked what she wanted for Christmas she asked for doll clothes. The gift was a hit and now she wants more. Thank you for the chance to win.

  52. Judy says:

    I started sewing my junior year in high school. I made my prom dresses and for homecoming one year I made a educational doll ever since I have now been sewing for my granddaughter she has an American doll she is loving them. She just asked me to make her some summer clothes, this book would be perfect. Love it

  53. Sewing doll clothes as a child was where my love for sewing began.
    It was exhilarating to be able to make whatever fashion extravaganza you envisioned with just little scraps of fabric…..
    I’d still do it if I had the time…

  54. Mirjam says:

    As a kid I didn’t like Barbies much, but when I learned how to sew from my mom, I sewed som dresses for my Barbie. Last year I made a Little Red Riding Hood cape and skirt for my daughter and made her doll a same set (http://dekawear.blogspot.nl/2013/05/zeg-roodkapje.html [written in Dutch]). So when my daugher dresses up as Little Red Riding Hood, she also dresses her doll up as Little Red Riding Hood :)

  55. Barbara Cross says:

    My daughter would love doll clothes made by me. I’d love to make them, but the size is intimidating! This book looks adorable, I’ll have to give it a try. Thanks for the tips.

  56. Barbara Wilson says:

    I have a great grand daughter who would love for me to sew up these clothes for her 18″dolls! and I would love it too.

  57. Diane Camfferman says:

    My oldest granddaughter has an American girl doll and grandma has been having loads of fun sewing clothes for her. These patterns are so cute!

  58. Susan says:

    My mom sewed doll clothes for my sister’s and my dolls. I especially remember the ones she sewed for my Barbie doll. I liked most of them better than the store bought ones. I learned to sew some doll clothes with my mom’s help. She found some printed on fabric. All I had to do is cut on the outside lines, sew on the marked lines according to the directions printed on the fabric.

  59. Sandy says:

    At 62, I’m now hoping to sew AG clothes for my grands’ dolls. I loved making them for my daughter’s dolls and still marvel at the clothes my mother made for my Betsy McCall doll, my Tammie doll, and my “fashion doll” who is 21″ and has a very exotic look.

  60. Carla says:

    I had a red satin gown with gold ric-rac straps that my mother made for my Barbie. I think it was hand sewn. 40+ years late and I still cherish that memory. I’ve really hot to make some things for my daughter.

  61. Jamie says:

    I remember sitting around for hours when I was little with all the mismatched socks and old t-shirts me and my sister could gather and sewing up little dresses for our barbies and for our baby dolls. We though we were high-end fashion designers with our needle and thread. Doll fashion has come a long way and my children can attest to that. T-shirt and sock dresses won’t cut it anymore, but buying is so expensive. I have dabbled in the sewing doll clothes from patterns but none this cute. I know my kids would love it!

  62. Sarah Jessop says:

    Oh my this book looks amazing. I made my daughters doll her first outfit this week and she’s already requesting more! As a child my mum and grandmother knitted clothes for my dolls and I still have some of them that my daughter now enjoys playing with.

  63. Peggy Cox says:

    I started making doll clothes over 60 years ago with my mothers scraps. Went back to making doll clothes up for the 18 inch dolls recently for my Granddaughters dolls from my scraps plus I bought myself a couple of the 18 inch dolls to use as models for making up clothes for her dolls. Like I’m back in my second childhood, with making up doll clothes again… Would love to have a copy of this book for the ideas and patterns enclosed in it for my dolls and my Granddaughters dolls..

  64. Lisa Lee says:

    I’ve been making doll clothes since I was very little. I make them now for my grandkids dolls. These are so cute. Some of those tiny clothes are hard to make. Thanks for the great post!

  65. Cathy says:

    I made doll clothes for our girls when they were little. I am a sewer so I had plenty of scraps to make all sorts of clothes I think it was the best dressed doll around. I use to make dolls clothes for our granddaughter as well, who is 18 now, but I can remember my daughter saying to me mum stop making she has plenty.

  66. Charlotte says:

    My daughter would go crazy with these clothes for her dolls!

  67. KeriCan says:

    So far I’ve only sewn a few Barbie dresses and skirts. My daughter got a Journey girl from Santa this year, so we’d love to try the patterns!

  68. Jennifer D says:

    Fun patterns! I’ve only ever made a doll skirt. Going to have to up my game!

  69. Tania B says:

    I would love to make some clothes for my daughter’s new 18″ doll. She keeps asking me but my sewing skills are not up to par that I can do so without a pattern.

  70. Katie says:

    My seven-year-old is super excited to sew something, anything for her American Girl doll as well as her Waldorf doll that she still loves. Unfortunately my hands grow by six sizes when we get ready, and we end up making an elastic waist skirt. I’d love to know how to tackle cute and tiny outfits.

  71. Darcie says:

    I learned to sew by turning my mom’s scraps into dresses for my Ginny and Barbie dolls! Not high fashion or well made with my needle and thread, but it was fun! Now I try to outfit my girls’ American Girl Dolls when I can.

  72. adele verwimp says:

    i would just love to win this book,i have been making 18″doll clothes for my 3 little grangdaughters ages 3,5 and 7, they just love them and have so much fun and are so exited to play with their dolls.your book looks so interesting and would be so much fun to sew those lovely beautiful clothes.

  73. Rebecca says:

    My daughter is ecstatic when I give her new, handmade clothes for her dolls!

  74. Tracy says:

    My girls are getting into doll clothes and I’ve never sewn any before. Good luck to all!

  75. Splomo says:

    I’m very interested in sewing matching dresses for the young girls in my life and their AG dolls. My children are boys, but they do have me create clothes and accessories for their stuffed animals. Just the other day my son asked me to sew pants for a large stuffed squid!! After I finished laughing, I informed him that squids prefer to wear skirts. :)

  76. Robin E. says:

    My mom made doll clothes for my favorite two dolls and I gave them to my 3 girls. I love to make doll clothes for their dolls.

  77. Linda L. says:

    I was not a child that played with dolls and my mother rarely sewed for me. I used to sew and crochet clothes for my daughter’s dolls, often out of scraps from things I made her. Her friends loved them so she asked me to make things for them too. I think I ended up dressing half the dolls in the neighbourhood.
    One of the happy side effects was that my daughter never realised that her homemade wardrobe was a matter of necessity, not choice – she always thought it was a priviledge. I also had the opportunity to show some of her friends how to do basic sewing which I know at least two have kept up.

  78. Dawna says:

    When I was about 11 I loved Barbies. My mother was a single mother who worked full time and didn’t have a lot of money. She hand sewed a complete Barbie ward robe with a case. Which she gave me for Christmad. I am 57 and still have the clothes. I made doll clothes for my daughters and now this would be for the AG doll we got our granddaughter.

  79. Shirley says:

    yes, we clothe “Marie-Grace” quite often with hand sewn outfits. My daughter especially likes to have her doll match her wardrobe, and that is super easy when sewing pjs! Thanks for the tips – especially on hook and loop tape!

  80. Margaret says:

    I remember trying to make Barbie clothes. They were nothing more than tube dresses. :-) My daughter would love to have this book and pattern pack so we can make clothes for her dolls together.

  81. Rose says:

    My mom made clothes for my Barbie dolls when I was a child and I am looking forward to making doll clothes for my daughter when she is old enough for an AG doll (she’s only 3 now). I recently ventured into doll clothes making for a daughter of a friend for her 6th birthday and I loved it. It was really fun constructing those little outfits!

  82. Sharon says:

    I love to sew doll clothes for my grand kids. My mother taught me how to make them.

  83. reena carnes says:

    I’ve sewn doll clothes for years. I love it. All types of dolls.
    During the cabbage patch phase I made money for my son’s Xmas presents. I’ve made Barbie clothes for 2 generations of girls. AG dolls are awesome to sew for. My granddaughter is not we quite old enough but I already have a box of clothes and few dolls for her.

  84. Kathy lincoln says:

    As a child I made a lot of my own doll clothes.I made clothes for DD dolls and now I make clothes for my grand daughters dolls.

  85. Alisa says:

    My Oma made doll clothes for my sister and I. Now I make doll clothes with my girls for theit AG dolls.

  86. Darlene says:

    I used to sew Barbie clothes when I was young, now I sew clothes for my granddaughters American Girl doll. I prefer making the larger doll clothes!

  87. Holly says:

    This is great! My nice just got her doll for her birthday. I haven’t made anything yet but can’t wait!

  88. Bee says:

    These look so cute. I would to try these!

  89. Carol Simpson says:

    I’ve been sewing AG (I use Simplicity patterns) clothes for my grand daughters for over 8 years, I enjoy. My youngest (McKinkey) has the twins, one girl and one boy. Wish someone would concentrate on making boys patterns 15″, I’ve made about as many adjustments as I can come up with for him. The girl I’ve just cut down the 18″ doll clothes to fit because also everyone’s 15″ patterns are old style clothes. I’d love to win!

  90. Michelle says:

    I’ve sewed doll clothes for my daughter’s dolls and now I’m a grandmother
    and I’m sewing doll clothes for my granddaughter. I’m having fun sewing
    again!

  91. Sivje Parish says:

    I learned to sew as a child, making my own doll clothes. My mom and grandmother both let me use their sewing machines any time I wanted so I made a lot of doll clothes. Now I make them for my daughter’s American Girl Dolls. And Ahnalin, my 9 year old sews for her own dolls now too. We would love to make doll clothes with this book. Thank you for the chance.

  92. bergere says:

    I started sewing making my own doll’s clothing! I would love this prize because I have been wanting to make some clothes for some girls I know! Great tips. Thank you.

  93. Tammy B says:

    My daughter would love for me to make her some clothes for her doll. I haven’t yet attempted to make doll clothes, but need to start :)

  94. melle e says:

    Oh Lord. My granny sewed wardrobes upon wardrobes of Barbie clothes for me. Wedding dresses. Suits for Ken. Back when Ken had real hair and it was dark brown/black. Business suits. Fancy 70s dresses. Swimsuits. Glamorous outfits for all of them…. Barbie, Brooke Shields. Ken. GI Joe. (Yeah. I snagged him. He was the right height and turns out a neck of a cowboy. Lol) Skipper. Yeap. I had the whole gang. About 7 Barbies. A couple of Skippers. Both kinds of Kens. That Brooke Shields doll whose hair I tried to curl with my moms curling iron… And which my mom then tried to smooth out again with gasoline. Hahaha. She *needed* fancy clothes after that cause she had permanently bad hair days. Lol

    But yeah. So many Barbie clothes. Sweet memories.

  95. TinaL says:

    My granddaughter would be delighted if I sewed clothes for her doll. This book would sure be a big help.

  96. Ann says:

    My six-year-old would love some home-sewn doll clothes! I tried once, on my own, without a pattern, to make a pillowcase dress for our bitty baby. It was a disaster! It was far harder than I anticipated to get the scale correct. I got it to be functional, but my daughter declared it wierd and refused to put it on her doll. Time to try again, this time with a pattern! :-)

  97. Carole says:

    I’d love to get a copy of this book – I really enjoy making clothes my daughter’s 18″ dolls and it’s great to find designs that are modern and look like her own clothing.

  98. Helen says:

    We gave oldest granddaughter a Journey Girls doll for Christmas. Now Grandma needs to make more clothes.

  99. -Wendy says:

    My mom didn’t sew much but she did knit clothes for my dolls. My daughter would love to learn how to sew clothes for her dolls and I’d enjoy sewing them with her.

  100. Sarah says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! My daughters and I would love this book.

  101. Kathy h says:

    I used to make doll clothes for my kids when they were little. Now I would like to make doll clothes for my granddaughter. I would love to learn some things to make sewing easier.

  102. Mary Angerer says:

    When I was a child, many years ago, a wonderful woman made me a complete wardrobe for my composition doll, Dorothy. That so influenced me that I made many doll clothes for my five daughters, and now for my granddaughters.

  103. Heidi says:

    I’d love to sew doll clothes for my niece and daughter :)

  104. Laurie says:

    I used to make clothes for my Barbie dolls. So teeny tiny! They were all hand sewn, from patterns my grandmother had stashed in her sewing room from when my mom was a kid.

  105. Debby says:

    My grand daughter has a really cute little baby doll that she plays with all the time. I think I should try making another set of clothes for it. It currently has pull on elastic pants and velcro back top – easy for her!

  106. Jennifer G says:

    I make doll clothes for my daughter’s dolls. I love that they are completed quickly, but they can be tricky to sew since they are so tiny. Thanks for the giveaway!

  107. Jan says:

    My mom used to sew clothes for my Barbie dolls. I loved having Barbie clothes that my friends didn’t have. : )

  108. Piroska says:

    My mom taught me to sew when I was 9 or 10. She had been the one that made my doll clothes, and I was excited to make my own! Now, I have a grand-daughter to make doll clothes for!

  109. Storing my grown DD’s 3 original Pleasant Company AGs until she has room to store them and recently added 3 Journey Girls of my own, just in case she actually takes away Molly, Kirsten & Felicity one day (sniff!) and enjoying very much re-learning to sew for them on my newer machine. LOVE texting her photos of what I’ve made — hee!

  110. Karen W says:

    My mom sewed and knitted clothes for my dolls. These look very fun to make. It makes me want a granddaughter right now!

  111. Janice Jacobson says:

    The reason I started sewing (other than hems or home ec) was because my kids really wanted matching kid/doll outfits. I picked up the Mini Nina and Nina patterns and figured I would give it a shot. The patterns are so easy to follow and my kids LOVE them -for their dolls and themselves. Thanks for the chance to win the book.

  112. Barbara Glover says:

    My daughter just got her first American Girl Doll. I am starting to teach her to sew some things for her new Talula. I hope these are some of the wonderful memories she has when she grows up :)

  113. Cindy Gillis says:

    My mom made clothes for my doll when I was little. Now my daughter is making clothes for her dolls. She has 3 American Girl dolls and is just starting to sew for them. I am excited for her and know this book would be helpful!

  114. Rosemary B says:

    These are great tips too
    I used to use little snaps and sew a button on the out side of the sleeve.
    I was nuts, I did button holes and zippers too. yikes
    This is a wonderful book. I hope to make doll clothes again one day

  115. Cheri says:

    I tried so many times to make barbie size clothes and was never even close to being successful at that size! But for my daughter, I made Cabbage Patch size clothes and always made a doll dress out of the same fabric as I made her dress! But when she grew out of dolls, I haven’t made them in many many years! Now with grand daughers..they all have the AG dolls, but I have not had much success in making them..yet. Maybe with a good pattern and some instruction, I can do that for them! Thanks for the drawing!

  116. Sandal says:

    I remember my mother and grandmother sewing clothes for our baby dolls at Christmas time. I also recall my grandmother and great grandmother repairing a large fabric doll that we had. Such precious memories!

  117. Rosemary B says:

    I have those same memories. very first years using mom’s Singer, making silly clothes for dolls. They did not look very good haha

  118. Rosemary B says:

    I agree, Sara. So nice to have that honor, and carry on for your gramma

  119. Rosemary B says:

    I loved making lots and lots of doll clothes for my daughter’s AG dolls. We had 4 dolls!
    Back in the early 80’s there were not a lot of doll patterns for 18″ dolls and I had to figure it out on my own many times. OR I would copy the clothing that was made in china that we bought from AG catalog (haha) I made all of the clothing that was popular with girls back then, over alls, pretty wool coats, big flowery dresses, conservative styles, jumpers. Oh what fun we had.
    I still have boxes and boxes of dolls and clothes neatly packed away in the guest room…. I would love to pull them out and play. Times have changed. My daughters are married, and I am taking care of my 90 year old parents.
    Have fun every day. I love dolls!

  120. jessica says:

    My kids and I are learning new sewing skill by making doll clothing. Its a quick and fun project for their favorite dolls. Thanks for the chance to win a book with great doll clothes and summer projects

  121. Karen says:

    I have been saving my larger scraps and now I know what I will use them for!! I’m so excited to get started:0)

  122. Carole M says:

    I really want to learn how to sew doll clothes. Interesting on the 1/4″ seam. Makes sense though!

  123. kim t. says:

    my grandma sewed doll clothes for us, and ones for my mom that we also used. I would love to start sewing clothes for my girl’s dolls. more choices!

  124. Janet Martin says:

    I sewed clothes for my daughters’ My Friend Dolls in the 70s and 80s, and I enjoy working with my granddaughter now to make things for her AG doll — I really appreciate these tips, too!

  125. I am working on making doll clothes for charity at Christmas this year so this book would really come in handy.

  126. Laura says:

    My daughter and her friend’s have just started to ride the AG wave. I am looking forward to sewing some matching outfits for them. Maybe it could be a future Girl Scout project!

  127. Beverly says:

    I’ve never made doll clothes, but need to start for my granddaughter! Thanks for the chance at this giveaway and the info about this book!

  128. Sara says:

    My grandmother sewed dolls clothes for my mother and then my barbie-type dolls. She never used a pattern, just a piece of cardboard and her own creativity. My grandmother died when I was young but my mother often says that I have her sense of creativity. That is an honor indeed.

  129. My grandmother sewed clothes, and then it skipped a generation to me! :)

  130. Steph says:

    Never had doll clothes made for me when I was a kid, but this last Christmas, we were struggling for money, so I got out my stash of fabric and stitched up a few 18” doll clothes for my two girls. They loved them!

  131. Rachel says:

    When I started sewing as a little girl, the first things I made were doll clothes for my Barbies. Now many years later I am sewing doll clothes for my daughter’s 18-inch doll. Thank you for the opportunity.

  132. mjb says:

    We didn’t sew many doll clothes growing up but I definitely wanted to!

  133. My grandmother sewed all of my doll clothes. I couldn’t find my doll before Christmas one year and when we arrived at my grandparents house on Christmas Eve, my doll was all dressed up sitting on a box FULL of new doll clothes! The best Christmas memory ever!

  134. lesley says:

    my grandmother made all of our doll and barbie clothes from scratch, by hand, and they were the most gorgeous clothes around! the dresses reminded me of the 50s or how june cleaver would dress, with lace and tiny little pearl necklines.

  135. Lesley says:

    My daughter and I love to make clothes and accessories for her dolls!

  136. Lisa McGriff says:

    I remember going to spend a week with my Aunt Lois in Albany, GA one summer. While I was there she sewed my Barbie dolls a whole suitcase full of clothes. At this point in my life I can truly appreciate the love she put into that… I would love to win this prize and be able to make clothes for my step-daughter’s American Girl Doll!

  137. Nique Et says:

    I used to make them from my aunts scrap stash

  138. Jessica says:

    These are such cute patterns!

  139. I remember when I was little I would try to sew clothes for my dolls. They were so horrible looking, but at least I tried.

  140. gretchen says:

    My mom used to sew preemie baby patterns for my Cabbage Patch dolls. Im just learning to sew, but I can’t wait to make matching outfits for my daughter and her American Girls!

  141. Mary Ann says:

    I would love to win this! Our niece has American Girl dolls that I enjoy making clothes for. My mom used to sew some clothes for my dolls too! I remember coming home from school in 1st or 2nd grade and she had made a couple new doll dresses for me that day.

  142. My grandmother used to sew and knit for me, and she helped me start sewing dolls clothes. I now make dolls and their clothes for my daughter. She recently started sewing herself, for her 18″ doll. This book looks great, I love your style. Thank you for the tips and giveaway !

  143. Nikki B says:

    I have been unsuccessfully trying to make clothes for my daughters dolls. Winning this book might allow me to figure out how to cloth her babbies better.

  144. Lisa says:

    My great-grandmother sewed a couple of outfits for my Barbie dolls back in the ’70’s. I unfortunately lost them over the years and wish that I still had them. They were 70’s style (i.e., not the nicest fabric) but they were very well made.

  145. Debbie says:

    I have never made doll clothes but I’m excited to give it a try. My mom and Gran always hand-knit or sewed clothes for my dolls :-)

  146. Kara Grace says:

    My daughter’s dolls NEVER have enough clothes for some reason…..not sure why!

  147. sarah w says:

    as a child i always loved dressing up my dolls so i can imagine this would be a dream come true for a lot of kids. luckily i had a grandmother who made dolls as her profession and so i have a number of dolls, cloth and china ones which she made with perfect edwardian and victorian costume. she also taught me to make traditional peg dolls which i occasionally make for friends.
    i think this is a great giveaway and has evoked many happy memories. thank you.

  148. Isabel A. says:

    The first things i sewed and knitted was for my dolls and i have lots of doll’s clothes made by my two grandmothers. They both teached me how to sew.

  149. Peggy Wenzel says:

    Great to know some tricks on making doll clothes – never new a book existed – thank you!

  150. april says:

    Most of my Barbie’s clothes were homemade. Like mine. We didn’t have money so we had to make due.

  151. april says:

    Most of my Barbie’s clothes were homemade. Like mine! We didn’t have money so we had to make due.

  152. Tracy says:

    I had been sewing dresses for a friend’s daughter for awhile when she mentioned clothes for her American Girl doll. Now I make matching dresses for the two of them. I would love to learn how to make shirts and pants for her doll!

  153. Kristin S. says:

    I didn’t sew doll clothes when I was young as I was more of a stuffed animal kid but now it’s a whole different story! I especially love learning garment sewing techniques with such a small amount of fabric used.

  154. Donel says:

    I’ve just started making clothes for my daughter’s 18″ doll. My mom used to make clothes for my Cabbage Patch Doll when I was little and occasionally an outfit for Barbie, even though she still claims to have nightmares about sewing those tiny clothes. :)

  155. Ramona says:

    My mom made me tons of Barbie clothes when I was a kid. It inspired me to make my own Barbie clothes and to love sewing. She also sewed beautiful American Girl clothes for my daughters. I also sewed clothes for their dolls. This book looks so fun.

  156. Kristi M says:

    My mother used to sew clothes for the Cabbage Patch Kids that my sister and I had! She even drafted her own patterns and would sell finished pieces at craft fairs. My grandmother was fond of making tiny Barbie outfits, too. I don’t know how she had the patience to sew so small! My daughter received an 18″ doll for Christmas this year, so I am definitely in the market for clothing patterns and tips.

  157. Ashley says:

    Doll clothes are perhaps my favorite thing to sew! I sewed up a starter wardrobe for my daughter’s 18″ dolls last year for her birthday, and she was just commenting this past weekend that her dolls needed swimsuits. I’d be thrilled to win and I’m sure my daughter would put me to work right quick!

  158. Robin Y says:

    I love making doll clothes. It’s great fun using unique fabrics I would never use for stuff for myself.

  159. Mary S says:

    My daughter is always asking me to sew clothes for her dolls, and she also loves to make accessories for them. This would be fun!

  160. Raina DelRio says:

    My daughter’s thrift store score AG doll (only paid $1) needs a wardrobe, so I’ve been SLOWLY sewing one for her.

  161. Lindsay Braud says:

    I have not yet attempted to make doll clothes, but mom used to make Barbie clothes for me and my sisters when we were little. I was always amazed at how she could make something so tiny with her sewing machine.

  162. Mary Claire says:

    What a great give-away! My mom used to make clothes for my Barbie, and when I learned to sew at a young age, I made clothes for Barbie and Midge! Great memories.Now I sew clothes for Bitty Babies and AG dolls for my six granddaughters.

    Thank you for a chance to win!

  163. Kelly says:

    I have only entered the world of sewing in the last few years, and while I am proud of what I have learned so far, I have a long way to go! Last year my 6 year old daughter received an American Girl doll, so now it is “go” time on how to learn to sew clothes for it. I have only attempted a pair of PJ pants for the doll, and I would love to be able to make more items. It would make my daughter so happy!

  164. ParisGrrl says:

    Those are cute!

  165. Monica Alters says:

    My neighbor made beautiful doll clothes and i was lucky enough to receive some as presents. I still have them today. My daughter has been begging to make clothes for her dolls. We would love to win.

  166. Sharon SUTHERLIN says:

    I’d like to check out these patterns. I recently paid a high price for a McCall’s 18 inch doll pattern and was appalled at the pattern. A new seamstress could never figure that pattern out. I basically ended up using some pieces and sewing them my way. Also, I sure do like making clothes for these dolls better than for Barbies!!!!!

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