This blog space is dedicated to my American Girl doll photographs, hairstyles, and clothes.
Sewing for 18 inch dolls has become quite the addiction. I have an interest in fashion trends and fiddling around with shape making so creating patterns has become an entertaining way for me to experiment with sewing techniques and to fuel my interest in modern and historical fashions.
On July 4th I went thrift shopping with a friend and found this awesome accordion pleated skirt originally from The Gap. After a few days, though, I decided that this cotton, silk blend skirt was not for me and it ended up as sewing scraps.
Before starting this project I made a promise to myself. I would not alter or post pictures of my new doll until I had successfully launched my Etsy store, Pip & Twitch. As of May 9th, my store has been open! I sell prints of my original paintings and paper cut art. Check it out =]
My original intention was to put Ruthie's wig onto Marie Grace but in the end the combo did not seem just right to me. BUT…. I fell in LOVE with Marie Grace's wig on Ruthie.
I had the idea months ago but was too nervous to take the plunge, make the purchase, and then to actually modify a doll. However once I heard about the potential, impending retirement of these two I decided to get on it.
Fable has the classic face mold with light lip coloring and grey eyes. Her hair is a light reddish brown color with blonde highlights only in the top layer of her wig. It reaches down to her hips in soft waves. I also gave her custom, hand-painted freckles which I think suit her beautifully.
Plus I am AMAZED as to how well MG's hair color matches Ruthie's eyebrows considering how dark Ruthie's hair is in comparison.
The good news is that both Marie Grace and my mystery doll arrived. The bad news is I need to delay my project due to the fact I need to have the mystery doll exchanged! She arrived with a giant glob of glue in her wig so for now I took some pictures of Miss Cecile showing off her new parasol.
After much debate I have decided I really want to try customizing a doll(s). After seeing creations and doll combos done by other individuals I was sold on an idea so I finally decided to just do it and take advantage of the current free shipping through American Girl.
Here's a hint for part of what I will be working with:
I have yet to see snow around here but, man, is it sure cold out! We are already into the month of December so its time to break out the decorations. This year I decided to kick back and let the dolls take care of things.
I mean, what could go wrong with that?
Addy & Cecile
I take that back. They have no idea what they are doing. Plus Cecile has been rather irritable and bossy lately. Probably because I keep changing up her name.
Don't worry, Cecile! I'll come up with something I like that sticks.
Cecile: "Come on, Addy! We NEED to get closer."
Cecile: "Just a liiiiiiiiiittle bit closer."
Addy: "Cecile,…. I c-can't… heavy!…."
***no dolls were harmed in the taking of these photographs***
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What my dolls are wearing:
Addy has on the purple sweater from GOTY 2012 Mckenna's School outfit, Elizabeth's Meet Outfit socks, Josefina's Riding Boots, and a skirt I made.
Cece has on the necklace from Cecile's meet accessories, the sweater from the 1999 Plaid Skirt and Sweater outfit, the legging's from GOTY 2013 Saige's Sweater Outfit, socks from Addy's Shoes and Socks set, and hair ribbons from Cecile's Special Dress.