Yesterday I posted about my family’s Secret Santa homemade gift exchange and explained that I had my mom this year and decided to make her an outfit for each of her dolls. Yesterday I shared the outfits I made for all of her modern dolls and today I am sharing the ones I made for her historicals! Of course these are the ones that excite me most. I had a blast choosing fabric and patterns and learning more about historical clothing.
I made Julie this dress from the Soda Pop Street Swing Dress pattern. I modified it by removing the high-low hem. I snatched the fabric from my mom’s stash because I thought it seemed like just the right vintage look for Julie. After opening the gift she admitted that she’d been wondering why I had been stealing her fabric in such quantities!
For Maryellen I made this Little ’50s Swing Coat by Flossie Potter on Pixie Faire. This one was tons of fun. I had never made a fully lined jacket before, so I learned a lot about that process. Maryellen is from Florida, but since this particular Maryellen doll lives in the midwest, she definitely needed a coat!
I knitted this beret for Kit to replicate the one from the company. I intended to make mittens, too, but ran out of time. I don’t remember exactly what pattern I used for the beret, but I do know it was a free one I found on Pinterest.
Samantha is wearing a dress and headband I replicated from her Special Day Dress. I used the Crabapples Garden Party Dress Bundle pattern and I think it is great. There are a lot of variations and I plan to use it to make more dresses for both Samantha and Rebecca.
I made this dress for Marie-Grace from the 1865 Cape Island Dress pattern by Kindred Thread on Pixie Faire. I used the “view B” option. This was a lot of fun to make and I plan to use the pattern again to make the actual Cape Island dress for when I get Addy. This dress I think was my mom’s favorite of all the outfits.
I made this yellow skirt for Josefina and we were pleasantly surprised at how nice she looks in this bright color. In one of her book illustrations her sister Clara is wearing a yellow skirt, so that was my inspiration. The sash she is wearing came from one of the vendors at the American Girl Benefit Sale this summer.
When I saw this fabric, I thought it would be perfect for Felicity. This is another one of those outfits that I sort of put together using various pattern pieces because I didn’t have exactly the right design I was looking for. I now sort of wish I had made the neckline lower and more embellished, but I think maybe the addition of an apron or a shawl will make the look work.
This dress was my biggest project of them all. It is definitely the hardest pattern I have attempted and I learned so much from doing it. It is rated as intermediate, which probably is about right, but it for me personally it was a bit of a stretch at times. It didn’t turn out perfect, but overall I think it is a nice gown for Elizabeth. It is the 1770 En Forreau’ Gown by Thimbles and Acorns. It took a lot of patience, an email to the author (who was very nice and responded right away), and lots of hours. Normally when I have sewing questions I call my mom, but of course I couldn’t do that in this situation! I love the historical accuracy of the design; there are pockets in both the overskirt and the petticoat and there are ties inside of the overskirt that make it bustle as shown.
Giving all of these outfits to my mom was one of those situations where giving a gift is so much more fun than receiving one. When we do our Secret Santa exchange everyone is supposed to guess who made their gift, but I gave myself away the moment she opened the package because I was just so excited.
I hope everyone was able to give and receive some special gifts this Christmas season, as well as make special memories with family and friends, which of course is what it is really all about.