I had just as much fun making the clothes as the dolls, and once I started I didn't want to stop! For the first doll I made four outfits, using the Peasant Top, Basics Top and Bottom, Wide Leg Pants, and Pinafore, all from the pattern.
I made up this skirt - it's just a 24" rectangle with an elastic waist.
I used the pattern's Basics Top for both jammies and T-shirts, but I didn't like the way the back was left completely open. For this floral version, I scooped the neckline wider and lower so the shirt could fit over the doll's head, but it ended up too loose and baggy, so I threaded a tiny elastic through it and cinched it up a bit. For the jammies I left the back half-open with a small velcro at the top.
The peasant top and wide-leg pants I made as-is.
I modified the Peasant Blouse and Pinafore combo into a dress and apron. The Peasant Blouse just needed more length.
I made the Pinafore more open in back and changed the strap configuration.
I really wanted to make undies, first of all because they are heckin' cute, but also because my niece is learning to dress herself and potty train, so this is a fun example for her!
White cotton knit with lacy elastic at the waist. The leg openings are left unhemmed because I couldn't get them to behave.
I improvised this undies pattern. It turned out. . . okayish!
Of course she needed a bag to carry all her things in!
To make the bag, I stacked up all her clothes and measured how much space they would need, then drafted the bag pattern just a little larger.
I made a few little accessories to round out the set. A snack: bread, lettuce, and a Babybel cheese (my niece's favorite!) a toothbrush, and a little book.
I also made a book for my niece all about her new doll! My sister asked that the doll arrive with a name already (so she wouldn't have to think of one!) so I made this book titled Hello From Louise. I had such a blast taking photos all over my house!
I made a paper/doodle mockup/storyboard first, then printed this on light cardstock at home. I didn't bother to print double-sided, I just glued the pages' wrong sides together. I joined the book by sewing a thick linen thread through the fold.
You can just see a little of the velcro-top closure here.
Then a t-shirt and pants from some of my super-cool remnants.
Which just so happened to match a shirt I made for F last year!
Then a blousey peasant top and some linen pants.
Which ALSO matched an outfit The Kid already had! Yay for remnants!
Both dolls got wool felt shoes. I was nervous about them fitting but the pattern was perfect! And so easy to hand-sew in front of the tv.
Everything in this pattern worked great, and it was a fantastic deal for the doll pattern and her whole wardrobe in one! You can buy this pattern as a pdf here.
See my first post about constructing the dolls here.