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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Homemade With Love

Ready for Winter
When I was little, I had a My Friend Mandy doll and a My Friend Jenny doll.  Mandy had blonde hair and blue eyes, while Jenny looked much more like me, with dark hair and dark eyes.  There was also a My Friend Becky doll that had red hair, but I didn't own her.  I did have a red-headed friend named Becky, though, and of course she had a Becky doll.  How could she not?

Sometimes, when I came home from school, Mandy and Jenny would be set up on my dresser wearing new outfits, sewn by my mom and her trusty Bernina.  Obviously, I had the best mother in town, because none of my other friends' dolls had homemade clothes, nor did they have wardrobes that were anywhere near as extensive as the one Mandy and Jenny had.  I was a lucky girl.

That is one of my favorite memories from my childhood: Coming home to the surprise of a new outfit or two for my dolls.  So, when Chloe asked me to make doll outfits for her birthday party, how could I have possibly said no?  There is just something magical about homemade outfits for favorite dolls.

So (finally) here is a picture of what I ended up making for my girls and all of Chloe's party guests.  Hats, scarves and coats.  Only my girls got buttons, which just got sewn in this week, by the way.  Everything is also supposed to be blanket stitched, but once I realized what I had gotten myself into, I quickly began to simplify, so things like buttons and blanket stitching quickly went out the window.  I don't think anybody cared, anyway.

The pattern I bought has lots of other outfits on it, and I think I will go buy a couple more patterns.  Heaven knows that I have plenty of extra fabric sitting around, and I want my own girls to come home to their dolls set up on their dressers decked out in new garb.  School is out June 9, so I only have a couple weeks, and I already can't wait to see their faces.

17 comments :

  1. Oh, boy, Lara, you just set the bar so high that I think I should turn in my Mommy Badge!!!! I LOVE this darling idea. Can you adopt a sweet 8 year old to join your family just for a week or two? She'd love a memory like that... :)

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  2. This is one of those things that I think makes you fabulous... and that I will never, ever do myself. All those tiny seams! I don't think I have the patience for it. My Lucy does have a few handmade outfits for her doll, made by my mother. Do those count?

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  3. Very cute. You are so talented Lara.

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  4. My daughter would love those. Good job!

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  5. I LOVE these!! How sweet, and how wonderful to be able to do that for your girls. :)

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  6. Kudos to you - there is no way I could even fathom sewing anything let alone something like this. I don't even know what a blanket stitch is, but I am trusting it's a lot of work

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  7. What a great idea! My grandma was thrilled when I finally got a doll that she could make clothes for and there was no stopping her! I received 3-5 new hand-made outfits for each birthday and Christmas for at least 3 years! I loved them!

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  8. My mom used to always make doll dresses, too. Alas, my daughters couldn't care less about dolls, so it is a tradition that hasn't been passed on.

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  9. My mom makes clothes for my nieces' All American Girl dolls.

    Was I supposed to think it funny when you said about the Becky doll, "She had red hair. I didn't own her."? :)

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  10. I also happen to know that the other girls that attended that party were very happy with the outfits!

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  11. So cute Lara!!! You should sell them on Etsy!

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  12. Wonderful!
    I used to crochet clothes for my sister's little stuffed raccoon.

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  13. Awh, you really are the best mom ever. :)

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  14. These are so, so cute Lara!!!

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  15. I had a My Friend Mandy doll. I remember the Christmas I got her -- so excited!

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  16. Man, you are talented! What fun outfits for their dolls.

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  17. I think I want to bake you a cake with the words "Über Mom" in the icing—you are awesome!

    My grandmother used to make clothing for my mom's old-school Barbies, back in the day, and she still has some of them. So many great memories go with them, and I know your girls are going to feel the same way!

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