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My thoughts about 18 inch dolls, their cost, different versions
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Date: 3/22/12 4:02 PM

I watched '30-Minute Doll Clothes' when it aired on 'Sewing with Nancy several months ago. Joan Hinds was the guest who has the pattern book:
30-Minute Doll Clothes

I thought her techniques were really fast and easy and bought the book. All the patterns are full size but it would have been wonderful if she would not have printed patterns on both sides of the pages. Then you could simply cut them out, instead you have to make patterns. And her ideas are such that you can create other styles by using hers.

While I was growing up my Mother would sew many clothes for me and a matching outfit for a certain favorite doll of mine. It is a fond memory for me. I didn't have a daughter but now have a GD who is 4 & 1/2 and I thought she'd love it if I did that for her.

Since American Girl dolls are so popular now I thought it would be good to use that size doll to sew matching outfits for my GD. You need to know I am a big time doll lover, my Mom was too. I still have many. I divide dolls into 2 classes: 'Playing with dolls' and 'Looking at dolls. But I cannot justify spending over $100.00 for a 'playing with doll' just because it says American Girl.

So I went on the search for a inexpensive version and am posting my thoughts in case there is anyone else out there like me who doesn't want to spend $100.00 on a doll to play with or can't afford to spend $100.00. I'm in both categories.

Briefly:
Kmart has "What a Doll." I don't think they are cute. As a doll lover, cute is a requiement for me.

Toys 'r' us has 'Journey Dolls." Very, very cute but they are much slimmer than AG dolls and even the shoe size is different. So this doll won't work for me and this size doll will be too slim for many of the 18" doll patterns or clothes that are out there.

Target has Our Generation Dolls There are a couple more that aren't pictured in that link. I think they are pretty cute and they are almost identical in body measurements to the AG dolls--even shoes are interchangeable. Target also has a poseable version OG doll but it's the ones I linked, the nonposeable that is like AG dolls. I am not sure how the poseables measure up to AG. The OG dolls eyes open and close. AG dolls have wigs where OG have rooted hair. But that's OK for me because it's a 'playing with doll.' BTW, for doll hair you should use this kind of hair brush to keep the hair from bushing out.

Without clothes on the AG and OG dolls are so similar. Both have the cloth body and seem to feel the same when you move the legs and arms. AG dolls do have the strings hanging out the back of the neck. I am assuming they can be tightened if legs and arms loosen. OG dolls--don't know what happens with them, but they only cost $22.00 so I am not going to worry about it. I am just happy with the extremely great price! AG doll clothes are made nice--like you or I would sew. OG clothes are made like most doll clothes. But that doesn't matter to me because I am sewing the clothes myself.

Anyway, just thought with the popularity of AG dolls now, there might be other moms and grandmoms like me who just can't spend that much on an AG doll.

Oh, you don't need to spend the money on the DVD to go with the 30-Minute Doll Clothes book either. Here's a link to the airings of the TV shows. There is a Part 1 and Part 2. Sewing with Nancy After the page comes up, scroll down and you will see the titles for the airings of 30-Minute Doll Clothes

BTW, my GD loves her OG dolls and the clothes I've already made her. I have a couple on Flickr but not all. I have also made her the coolest tote bag for her dolls. I haven't reviewed it yet so watch for it. I am trying to get caught up on picture taking, uploading and reviewing. Here is my GD's favorite twirly skirt and if you scroll left you'll see the doll in her's. Farther left is the ballerina outfits.

GD in twirly pettiskirt
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Date: 3/22/12 4:51 PM

Your GD is adorable and I bet she is loving the matching outfits. I did the same for my daughters. I also saw the 30 minute show and Hinds had some nice ideas but I have a ton of 99 cent patterns for our dolls. Enjoy this time sewing for them--you know how quickly it will pass!

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Date: 3/22/12 7:39 PM

I love Joan Hinds patterns- I have several of her books.

I do have to say- it is somewhat important to measure the american girl doll you are sewing for. The new dolls are MUCH skinnier than the old ones. I think I have a 2" difference between my fatest doll and my skinniest. The fatty doesn't complain if things are a bit too tight- but not all the Mattel manufactured clothes will even go on her. By the same vein, the things I make for her are a bit too loose on the skinniest girl to look good.

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Date: 3/22/12 8:06 PM

Skittl--when you say the new AG dolls are skinnier, how new are the newer AG dolls--as in how long have the skinnier's been out?

I take care of children in my home and one family's daughters have AG dolls. They brought one so I could take a close look. I will have to ask the Mom when she comes in the morning how old that doll she brought for me to look at is because I sure don't want to lead anyone down the wrong path.

Joan Hinds does say, "Not all dolls are created equal so be sure to measure the doll you're sewing for to make sure the clothes will fit." Her patterns do fit the Target Our Generation Dolls perfectly. And I feel like AG dolls (because they're popular) are probably who she must have created the patterns for. Oh, why can't all the dolls just be the same size!?! Doll companies!

I'll report back in the morning if the AG doll I compared is newish or oldish. Hopefully, the Mom knows.

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Date: 3/23/12 9:02 AM

Skittl--I questioned the Mom about the AG dolls they have. The one she brought for me to look at was the Molly doll and is a couple years old. But that family also has other daughters and more AG dolls that are older than Molly. She said all the dolls they have are the same size.

So, I will assume AG did the size change many years ago and that these are the newer skinnier AG dolls and are pretty much the same size as the Target's OG dolls. Would you agree?

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Date: 3/23/12 10:25 AM

Yes. I suppose now "new" also refers to ones that are somewhat old now. My old ones are just really old (I have two that are old enough to drink now... haha)

The Pleasant Company and early Mattel dolls were a bit chunky. A lot of them are still around though- as there is a good secondary market, and those who played with them the first time around are at the age now where they are passing them down to kids.
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Date: 3/23/12 10:30 AM

It's so good to hear from someone who love dolls! I want to thank you for the information provided about the less expensive dolls and about their various sizes. I own only 1 AG doll and I believe that I purchased her about 6 years ago. Her name is "Joy" and I made her first outfit with Butterick pattern #3875 (see my first post under the name GloGlo on patternreview.com). This pattern was a good fit for my AG doll, although, I thought the dress was a bit long. I hope to do more doll clothes sewing and will post in the future. Again, thanks for your beneficial information.

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Date: 3/23/12 11:09 AM

Great Skittl--good to know that what I first wrote holds true!

So todays AG dolls are almost a perfect size-wise match to the Target's OG dolls for any interested persons!

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Date: 3/23/12 11:17 AM

Yes, Glo, I never outgrew my love for dolls. I have several from my youth that I treasure. And some of my Mom's and a few more 'looking at' dolls that I've boughten. My GD loves dolls too now and it is something I have encouraged because I didn't have a daughter. She will be 5 in September. I wish I had thought of making outfits for a doll for her sooner. I checked out your doll outfit and it's cute! I like making doll clothes now that I've done a few. Barbie size would be hard but these 18" are really easy and quick but then I followed the 30-Minute instructions. A 'real' pattern like you used might have more typical instructions like a little girl's dress does. Either way, it's fun! Glad you like dolls too!

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Date: 3/25/12 11:52 AM

Clotilde has a nice selection of 18 inch dolls. They appear to be very close to the AG dolls although I have never purchased one.
Also a number of patterns even some International costume pattern collections which are really cute but are are pretty detailed so are going to take more time than some mave have. Shoes are available also.

Prices for all much less than what is found in the AG magazine. My GD was given and AG doll several years ago and loves to look at all the clothing available for sale. I am so glad to be able to sew the clothing as its amazing the money you can save and she just loves that we are making them together. (I let her sew some of the straight seams so shes also learning) They really are a fun project.

Pj3g your GD and clothers are adorable thanks for sharing.

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