Added Aug 10, 2013
If you don’t know of the American Girl doll collection, then you may not be familiar with Molly, a doll placed in history during WWII. She makes friends, makes do and makes do without while growing up on the home front. She was also the first thing I ever made patterns for. I had been sewing for many years before I branched out to pattern making and since I was a bit old to be ‘playing’ with dolls, I used Molly as an excellent dress form. She’s pretty much a soft cylnder, so it was a good place to start for designing clothing. I developed a whole bunch of items for her, including a homecoming dress (white and red), prom dress (pink with butterfly), a costume (Ewoyn’s dress), a casual striped maxi dress (pink stripes, modeled by Kirsten), and I-don’t-really-know-what-that-skirt-is-supposed-to-be (multiple silky prints). Making these items was a good introduction to pattern making without a guide and helped me practice sewing techniques like installing piping and a zipper!
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