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Date: 11/9/11 1:58 PM

GD is asking for an AG doll for Christmas and I am happy to sew some clothing items for her... Anything I should know either about purchasing or sewing ... What are your experiences? Thanks.
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Date: 11/9/11 2:13 PM

I used to work there when it was a private company. If you can find one I would suggest one of the dolls made earlier than 2010,2011 when Mattel changed some of the manufacturing standards. The dollies prior to 2010 were made to certain specs & with some hand work done to the finishing touches. The clothes used to very well made & most were made here in the US I do not know about the current outfits. I know there are some very nice patterns out there & sometimes you find knitted outfits listed on Ebay or Etsy. If you can also get her the set of books to go with the dolly they tell the whole store of the doll the historical setting etc. And if it is Molly, Kit or Samantha the DVD is also very nice of their holiday eventure. ........... Please PM me if I can help any.
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Date: 11/9/11 3:19 PM

Get one for yourself too. That way you can make sure the clothes fit and have your own model. I did that when my mom got one for my niece. I then made outfits for niece's doll that matched clothes I had made for her.
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Date: 11/9/11 3:41 PM

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Get one for yourself too. That way you can make sure the clothes fit and have your own model. I did that when my mom got one for my niece. I then made outfits for niece's doll that matched clothes I had made for her.

My mother did the same with my nieces and I did the same with my daughters! We love our dolls! Although the period clothes are great, my nieces, daughters and friends love 'current' clothes that are made with todays' patterns. Let me see if I can add the link to free AG patterns.....free doll clothes patterns

Enjoy this time with your GD and the dolls!

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Date: 11/9/11 5:16 PM

I went to the AG store in Chicago last month to replace some broken accessories and found out that if anything breaks you can return the pieces and get a new one for free.
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Date: 11/9/11 5:26 PM

I bought "Mia" for my granddaughter, and I had great time sewing clothes for it. The small remants you can get at Joanne's are perfect for the doll clothes. When I gave it to her on Christmas (a few years ago), I also included a flannel nightgown and fleece quilt in Christmas fabric. It was all a great success! There are some fun patterns out there for that size doll, and most of the patterns include a few different "looks". Enjoy!
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Date: 11/9/11 5:37 PM

My niece got an AG doll a few years (OK, a lot of years LOL) ago. I made some clothes for it and the patterns I used were great, they fit fine. The patterns I used were Simplicity or McCalls if I remember correctly.

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Date: 11/9/11 9:12 PM

McCalls has some "patterns for 18" dolls," but Simplicity has the most. I've scooped several up at JoAnn sales....in fact I *think* they're 5 for $5 there till Saturday.

Most patterns contain several outfits.

Your GD may like scraps of fabric to make little wraps with, too (my DD does).

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Date: 11/9/11 9:34 PM


KwikSew has some really nice patterns for 18" dolls, too. I've made clothes from their patterns in classes at my sewing machine dealer. The pattern paper is very sturdy.

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Date: 11/9/11 9:57 PM

One thing you will find out is get ready to spend. The kids now days want the real doll outfits as well as anything you make.It's a whole collector's "thing" and it can run up into a lot of money. However, I cannot fault a doll company that has an accesory set including a ukulele! ;)

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