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Date: 8/30/13 11:54 AM

I'm going to try sewing some American Girl doll clothes for a friend's granddaughter. I don't want to have to buy one of these dolls just to use to fit the clothes. Any suggestions for a less expensive doll with the same measurements I could use for fitting? Thanks!!
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Date: 8/30/13 3:18 PM

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You can at times see a used doll on Ebay. i would try there. I have also seen them on The goodwill auction site. www.shopgoodwill.com
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Date: 8/30/13 4:54 PM

I think there are some doll patterns for 28" dolls--these might fit the American Girl Dolls--but I would ask someone who has a doll to see if this would work. Carolyn
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Date: 8/30/13 5:02 PM

Target has a doll that someone here recommended as being very close in measurement to AG. Do some searching for the thread.

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Date: 8/30/13 5:32 PM

I think this is the thread:
30 Minute Doll Clothes

The Target dolls are:
Our Generation 18" doll, poseable, $29.99
and
Our Generation 18" doll, Non-poseable $22.99

For a doll model, I'd get the poseable version.

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Date: 8/30/13 6:57 PM

Seriously---get a doll. That way you can try on the clothes and know that they fit. A used, battered one will do. I began making clothes for the Barbie sized doll, then decided to find a doll, used. It became so much easier to fit as I made the clothes.

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Date: 8/30/13 9:50 PM

Both Target and Walmart have 18" dolls that are inexpensive. get one of those.

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Date: 8/30/13 10:07 PM

I've read somewhere before (which I've looked for again but can't find it) that these dolls vary in shape and size from one brand to another...and even the American Girl dolls can vary due to manufacturer place and year...slightly but enough to make fitting clothes different.

Have you seen this online site: Rosie's Doll Clothes Patterns

Maybe send an email question about fitting with or without a model doll.

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Date: 8/30/13 11:05 PM

Check out Liberty Jane (http://www.libertyjaneclothing.com/). They not only sell clothing for AG-sized dolls, but also patterns. I've found some lovely things there!
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Date: 8/31/13 6:15 AM

CM sews is right--the non poseable Target doll is exactly the same size as the AG doll. The AG dolls are not poseable either. So no need to pay extra money for poseable. The joints on the Target doll seem as flexible as the AG dolls.

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