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Gwendolynn
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Date: 3/16/11 0:51 AM

I want to sew dolls' clothes for my granddaughter & I noticed that the most patterns are available for 18" dolls. Therefore I bought an 18" doll. I have discovered that not all 18" dolls are the same size. I bought a Madame Alexander Favorite Friends doll and my McCall's pattern is too small for her. Would I have more success with either Kwik Sew or Butterick or Simplicity 18" doll clothes patterns? Has anyone out there bought the same doll as me?

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Date: 3/16/11 0:54 AM

I have used them all for my daughters American Girl Dolls. I never found the outfits to be small. Which pattern did you use?
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Date: 3/16/11 1:35 AM

Here is a chart that gives doll measurements
girl doll measurements
If you scroll down to the Girl doll measurements, it give the measurements for the American Girl doll. Then you can compare with yours and adjust where necessary. Most of the 18" doll patterns I have seen, seem to be for the American Girl doll. Look at the illustration on the envelope.
Good luck with the clothes. I'm finding doll clothes quite fun and surprisingly relaxing.

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Date: 3/16/11 2:41 AM

I used McCall's 3900. I like the selection of items.

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Date: 3/16/11 8:23 AM

I don't know if your doll is the same as the Madame Alexander Girlz doll. but I found another more specific measurement comparison. Perhaps taking your dolls measurements and comparing will help.

Measurement Comparison

Dolls these days are certainly beautiful. My favorite as a child was Poor Pitiful Pearl!
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Date: 3/16/11 8:41 AM

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Dolls these days are certainly beautiful. My favorite as a child was Poor Pitiful Pearl!

You mean that's a real thing?! My grandmother always used to tell me I looked like "Poor Pitiful Pearl" when my clothes were disheveled or something -- I thought it was something she made up. Ha!

I get the feeling that "18 inch doll" is code for "American Girl doll," much like "12 inch doll" is code for "Barbie." You can have a doll that's close, but the pattern isn't really made for those less-popular dolls so you have to tweak.

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Date: 3/16/11 11:23 AM

Quote: susiestitcher
I don't know if your doll is the same as the Madame Alexander Girlz doll. but I found another more specific measurement comparison. Perhaps taking your dolls measurements and comparing will help.



Measurement Comparison



Dolls these days are certainly beautiful. My favorite as a child was Poor Pitiful Pearl!
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thanks for that link very useful!!

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Subject: 18 dolls clothes Date: 3/16/11 2:09 PM

Keep in mind also the age of the American girl doll- the older ones (from the late 80s early 90s) are much plumper than the newer ones.

My old dolls are often 2" fatter than my newest ones.

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Date: 3/16/11 2:22 PM

Yep! They really existed. I got my doll when I was about 6 years old and still have her. Check out this link to see what she looked like. Poor Pitiful Pearl

The doll was created from a cartoon character by William Steig (the author of Shrek and many other children's picture books). If you scroll down the page, you will see the exact outfits mine had (the darker blue dress and red kerchief and the light blue party dress). I don't remember her having pearls, although she must have. I will have to look in my box for them. I also am not sure that I remember having the little storybook that went with it, although at 6 years old, I probably didn't realize the value in keeping that. I loved her so much!

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Date: 3/16/11 3:20 PM

American Girl has some of their historical costumes patterns available free. My review for one of the dresses is here and includes a link for the patterns and a helpful tip for sewing.

A more contemporary wardrobe with excellent patterns available in the book reviewed here. Joan Hinds uses several different brands of 18" dolls and they are shown modeling the clothes.

This is a fun thing to do as long as you measure each doll. I've found there are differences even with the same company. Head sizes vary most widely and then waist and height are next. Have fun!

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