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Valerie Jo
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Date: 7/11/12 3:55 PM

I have a granddaughter and although she's only 1 y/o, I will have to get her a doll and make clothes. Please let me know which ones are popular now?

Thanks!

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Date: 7/12/12 1:24 PM

Awww no one knows either? The only two that I know of are the American Doll and the Cabbage Patch doll. Are they still popular or has some other doll taken their place in popularity? Thanks!

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Date: 7/12/12 1:25 PM

I know that I sometimes see Gotz advertised on sale at Christmas time. Maybe you can get her a boy and girl doll from them? (They do boys.)

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Date: 7/12/12 1:28 PM

Oooh, and it looks like Madame Alexander is available too -- I think she actually has patterns you can buy that fit her perfectly. Gotz dolls fit into standard 18inch clothes, I believe.

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Date: 7/12/12 2:11 PM

I got Madam Alexander collectibles and Madam Alexander baby dolls. I still have mine, and my nieces got the American Girl dolls and I think they had baby dolls too.

I bought my boys inexpensive dolls from the box stores for dress up and for the bathtub and made doll clothes for them. They usually remained naked and did summersaults in the air, but very G rated summersaults. I also did GI Joe and Ken dolls.

I bought a Cabbage Patch Doll and a Jenny doll for me, but I haven't had time to sew anything for them, and I've had them for years. I've made Ken clothes though.

Has anyone made a Raggady Ann or Andy doll and made different styles of clothes from the pattern or is that too out of touch with today's kids?

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Date: 7/12/12 2:31 PM

I would suggest that if you want to sew for the doll, look in the pattern books and see what size is available. I think it's mostly Barbie and 18" dolls. Not much of a choice.

Last year I bought myself a reproduction Ginny doll as that was the doll I learned to sew with. It's an 8" doll and reproduction patterns are available on eBay. There are lots of doll patterns for the different sized dolls on eBay. Since your DGD is still very young, you might look for some of the Linda Carr Vogue cloth dolls and their wardrobes. You could make the doll as well and have a real heirloom.

Fisher-Price has some very cute dolls now that I believe might be 14". You could probably draft down 18" patterns for them if you can't find the proper measurements.

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Date: 7/12/12 3:15 PM

My daughters have the AG Bitty Baby dolls and the 18 inch dolls. I had a great time sewing for them but alas, my girls preferred stuffed animals. My youngest had a little hand held size doll--I think a Corelle--llike this. and that was easy for her to hold and tote around. Also the little Madeline doll...

eta: You all reminded me of another doll we had Lee Middleton dolls she was adorable and had a wonderful feel to her.....I wonder where she is!??
-- Edited on 7/12/12 4:53 PM --

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Date: 7/12/12 3:50 PM

I also had a Mrs. Beasley doll, Ragady Ann, and a stuffed monkey that had a plastic banana. Vermont Country Store used to carry both of those toys, but I just looked and not anymore. This monkey. I loved him. I treated him like my baby.


http://www.vermontcountrystore.com/store/jump/productDetail/Catalog/Toys/Dolls_&_Plush/Cheerful_Chimp_Doll/45824
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Date: 7/12/12 4:07 PM

Raggedy Ann & Andy are both still popular. As a matter of fact I just bought myself one 2 years ago. I always wanted an Ann doll but my folks could do not afford it so.... smiling......... Nancy's Notions has a good selection of patterns & shoes for American Girl dolls & their clones. I would think Bitty Baby would be a nice doll for her to start her play time with. ... Of course Barbie is always popular as she gets older. ... She might like just a generic baby doll too, those are always popular & easy for keeping clean & nice. ...
(American Girl dolls 18 inch size are pricey & do take some maintenance... I used to work there a few years back. ....).

Oh boy one can almost remember the scent & feel of a new dolly.

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Date: 7/12/12 4:38 PM

Hi Valerie -- My first question would be when do you want to give her this doll? If you want to give her a new doll now I would choose a nice fabric doll she can easily manipulate. If you want to give it to her when she's 2 or 3 for example, I would go for a baby doll she can cradle in her little arms. About 13" would work for an under 4 year old, or maybe a bit shorter. For babies & very small kids there really isn't a "most popular" doll so your choices are pretty much wide open. American Girl is 18" and not really a "cuddly" type doll anyway, and don't even get me started on Barbie! I've given both my granddaughters a baby doll by Gotz when they were around 3 I think, plus I made lots of clothes for them. A Gotz doll is a quality made doll & is meant to be loved & played with. Be careful not to buy a collectible doll because those are not sturdy enough & aren't meant to be played with anyway. A Gotz baby doll will cost more than the cheapo dolls you can get at WalMart just so you know (maybe $45). The advantage to getting a better made doll is that it's softer, has nicer hair, and won't fall apart. Your granddaughter will have many happy cuddles with a doll like this. Simplicity and McCalls have patterns for 13-15" baby dolls & maybe Butterick too. I've gotten patterns for baby dolls off eBay as well.

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