Sewing Small

It’s been a long time since I sewed anything small, like really small.  In fact, the last time was when I made Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls for each of my girls.  (Hmm, wonder why they are still here.)  After a long absence, the pain of sewing small is but a dim memory , so  the time is right for another try.

The impetus for this craziness is the granddaughters’  collection of American Girl dolls that are referred to as the girls and with whom they share many activities.  FYI, this photo from their 8 year old friend is for the girls’ Christmas card!

Clothes for the girls are always important, so surely a new outfit is a good idea for a Christmas gift, so it’s off to the pattern store to see what is fashionable in the world of dolls.  Patterns for these gals are readily available, some quite fancy and surprisingly pricey.  I chose this one not only because of its variations but because it lends itself to being made from material that is in my studio.  Using what I have, you may recall, is one of my goals.

Cutting the pattern… difficulty, but once again I found the sewing to be challenging.  Now, these aren’t complicated pieces, but I found myself ripping out almost every seam which made me wonder if I’ve lost my touch at the machine!  

I think I could have made a full sized garment in the time it took to complete two outfits.  Please let them fit!  I’m not sure I have it in me to make an outfit for each girl, so I hope they don’t mind sharing.

And for the big girls?  Outfits are out of the question, but they will have headbands to match the girls’ new clothes.  Oh what fun!

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12 thoughts on “Sewing Small

  1. My sewing projects seem to be nothing BUT pulling out mistakes – these look fabulous!!

  2. You’re so talented. If I attempted this project, I’d be pulling stitches out, too–out of my fingers. Love the Raggedy and Andy dolls.

  3. I love Raggedy Ann and Andy!

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  5. I love those headbands, lulu!

    1. Thank you. They took more time than making chili!

  6. I am impressed with your projects. WOW! My grandaughter loves her “Ruthie” and we are giving her Kit for Christmas this year. So, I should by your example try to make some outfits. I think it would be more profitable for my granddaughter if I passed this post onto her other grandmother. She loves to sew and may not be aware there are patterns that fit the American Girl dolls.

    1. Believe me, the sewing is much less expensive than the buying!

  7. Love those headbands. Hope you’ll add it to your “line”!

  8. Darling! My daughter would LOVE to play American Girls with your daughter!!!

    XO, Aimee from

  9. No good deed goes unpunished. Let’s do a quilt with the girls next summer — with ones for their american girls.

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