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    Profile photo of MaggieMaggie @Maggie

    I’m thinking of making the doll dress from LTTS for a friend’s birthday. I’d like to make a few skirts too. Can anyone give me the doll’s waist measurement for an American Girl doll or similar?

    Do you have ideas for quick doll accessories to accompany the dress? My daughter doesn’t play much with dolls, so this is new to me.

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    Profile photo of SarviSarvi @Sarvi

    I’m afraid I don’t have any ideas for accessories, but have you seen the skirt tutorial?

    http://oliverands.com/blog/2014/01/18-inch-doll-skirt-tutorial.html

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    Profile photo of mkhsmkhs @mkhs

    My daughter recently came across a little backpack I sewed for one of my own dolls when I was 9 or 10, and she was enchanted by it. It was very simple, just two squares with a flap and a sew-on snap to close it. Straps from ribbon. I had filled it with little pieces of paper cut to size.

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    Profile photo of bren5kidsbren5kids @bren5kids

    My girls have Our Generation dolls, Target’s American Girl knockoffs. They are the same size as American Girl dolls and can wear the same clothes. The waist measurement is 11 inches. Aprox. waist to knee is 5.5 inches, and waist to ankle is 9 inches

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    Profile photo of with love Heidiwith love Heidi @with love Heidi

    There’s also a free pop over sundress for dolls too. https://oliverands.com/free-patterns/popover-sundress/

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    Profile photo of with love Heidiwith love Heidi @with love Heidi

    Also the doll carrier from LTTS so she can carry her doll hands free 🙂

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    Profile photo of MaggieMaggie @Maggie

    Thanks for the great ideas. Now if only the kids were at school this week, I could get to sewing.

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    Profile photo of mkhsmkhs @mkhs

    Oh, and here’s a great, easy way to make tights from knee socks:

    http://peachytuesday.blogspot.com/2011/03/tutorial-making-american-girl-doll.html

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    Profile photo of needlewomanneedlewoman @needlewoman

    I’m reasonably sure that Mama Knowles has made quite a few clothes for American dolls, and they all look great. Good luck.

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    Profile photo of MaggieMaggie @Maggie

    I made a simple skirt yesterday. I might have to get my daughters a doll just so I can have an excuse for making tiny things.

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    Profile photo of needlewomanneedlewoman @needlewoman

    What a great idea!! I think you are brave to make ‘tiny’ clothes. Meleliza makes gorgeous dolls’ clothes for her little girl – often matching K’s outfit. Please post in flickr when you are able.

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    Profile photo of bren5kidsbren5kids @bren5kids

    Not sure why I didn’t post this earlier. Here is a link to alot of official American Girl doll clothes patterns…..all the older ones. I’ve used them and they are a delight to sew, pretty detailed, and you end up with a very nice-fitting piece of clothing. And they are free 🙂

    http://www.agplaythings.com/AG%20Patterns/DollDressPatterns.html

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    Profile photo of BrittneyBrittney @georgeandizzy

    If you have the Hopscotch pattern, I have measurements to make an 18″ doll sized one on my blog:

    http://sewingforfour.blogspot.com/2013/07/a-hopscotch-knock-off-dolly-style.html

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    Profile photo of SarviSarvi @Sarvi

    Thank you, ladies, those look great.

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