My doll Linda is a self-created friend doll to Molly McIntire, based on the character Linda Rinaldi from the Molly books. She is #49 and I chose her to be Linda because she resembles the illustrations in the books and because she is such a unique and striking doll. I also have a designated Susan doll, but today this post is all about Linda because I finally completed what I am going to call her “meet outfit”. I got Linda and Susan at the MCM sale this summer and have since made them a few things and have featured them in a few posts. What I have been most excited about completing, though, is the outfits that they are wearing in the book illustrations of Meet Molly by Valerie Tripp. The outfits also appear in Brave Emily.
I made both the jumper and the sweater out of garments I found at Goodwill. I really like upcycling human clothes into doll clothes because I think you end up with very realistic textures. I used the Not! Your Brother’s Overalls pattern by Forever 18 Inches found on Pixie Faire for the jumper. It is an excellent pattern with very easy to follow instructions, extremely detailed photographs, and helpful hints along the way. It also provides several options for making variations so you can get a lot of different looks. The thickness of the corduroy I used made some parts difficult at times, but it worked pretty well overall.
I took some artistic license and deviated some from the illustrations. I decided to make the buttons red and chose to leave off the pockets, though perhaps I will decide to add them later.
I have always liked Linda and Susan since I was a little girl, I think mostly because Tripp does such a great job at developing their personalities in the books. When I got back into American Girl I knew that Linda and Susan were going to be some of the first additions to my collection and I am so glad that they were. I really enjoy the challenge of matching an outfit to a book illustration, so this was a fun project for me and I am happy with how Linda looks in her new outfit! I am almost finished with Susan’s, too, so I will share that one soon!