Little girls, their dolls and dresses

When I was a little girl my American Girl doll and I both had matching dresses. That outfit was my absolute favorite, mostly because with thick bangs and dark brown hair, the Samantha doll looked like a mini me.

So when I saw this pattern and fabric during a trip to Hancock Fabrics for cloth diaper supplies last spring, I knew I had to make a pair of matching dresses for my niece and her American Girl doll.

The dress was a labor of love. I pulled out all the professional finishing touches I know for garment sewing. I used French seams to conceal raw edges in the skirt, sewed the lining to the bodice by hand and used an invisible zipper with a hook and eye for the back closure.

McCalls 6875, M6875, matching doll and girl dress

Over the weekend I got a chance to see my niece and her doll modeling the matching outfits at a family gathering. Before the get together my niece insisted the doll sit next to her while eating lunch and that the doll be buckled in next to her in the car.

As seamstresses we always hope your handmade gifts are appreciated and it was so fun to see my niece truly enjoying her outfit. I have a few more patterns of dresses with matching doll clothes, and I can’t wait to make some for Angela someday to play dress up with. I just love sewing for little girls and their dolls.

Have any of you ventured outside of quilting to make fun outfits for the little girls and dolls in your life?

McCalls 6875, M6875, matching doll and girl dress

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  1. I see that you made McCalls pattern # M6875 – question for you… I don’t see the flower, did you give up on it too? I sew quite a bit and the base cover for this flower does not cover it and is so hard to work with— wondered if you were able to make it and I’m just not seeing it or if you decided to leave it off like I am about to do.

    Love the print you used – it is beautiful!

    1. I didn’t really like the look of the flower, so I didn’t even try to make it and just left it off. And I absolutely love the print too. I saw it and knew I had to make something with it.

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