Have Fun Sewing Doll Clothes

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Have you ever thought about sewing doll clothes?

Raggedy Ann was my favorite doll growing up and many of my memories revolve around dressing her up in the doll clothes my mom had made.

Playing dress-up with Raggedy Ann evokes such positive memories of my childhood, I’ve thought many times before about making doll clothes.

Like many of my sewing ideas, this type of project made it to my idea journal but never a reality. Until recently.

When my niece was young, she loved playing with American Girl dolls. My mom made some doll clothes for her birthday. I put the snaps on the clothes and made some matching headbands. They were a huge success.

My niece and her American Girl dolls with clothes that were made by Grandma.
My mom made the clothes. Purple is my niece’s favorite color.

When my husband and I went to see my niece receive her first communion in May 2021 (we live in Texas and she is in Massachusetts), I knew I wanted to bring her some doll clothes.

I found several clothes patterns online, and each doll pattern featured one piece of clothing though some patterns had different variations of the garment.

I used 3 patterns and made 4 pieces of clothing. While some of the garments I made could be put together, I hoped Emily had some separates that could be mixed and matched with them.

It turned out that the 4 garments were plenty. With one extra t-shirt and some accessories Emily had, we spent a fun afternoon dressing her American Girl dolls in the clothes and having a photoshoot.

One doll is wearing Chole Cami (the yellow top) and they both are wearing the Stevie Skirt. The t-shirt is one that Emily already had.
The yellow top is the Chloe Cami. The skirt is the Stevie Skirt. The cardigan is the Cora Cocoon.
Close up and full view of a doll clothes skirt pattern that was made into a sleeveless dress.
Emily turned the long Stevie Skirt into a strapless dress.

The doll patterns I used can be found at YouMakePatterns on Etsy.

  • Chloe Cami – woven fabric; single or double straps, 3 top lengths, beginner-friendly pattern
  • Cora Cocoon Cardigan – knit fabric; 3 sleeve lengths, beginner-friendly pattern
  • Stevie Skirt – jersey knit fabric; 4 length options, beginner-friendly pattern

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