Addy’s Patriotic Party Dress

In “Changes for Addy”, Addy is given the honor of reading the Emancipation Proclamation at her church’s special New Year’s Eve service. They were celebrating the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation which was issued by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863. That’s 154 years ago tomorrow! Even though slavery was not officially ended until the 13th amendment was passed on December 6, 1865, the Emancipation Proclamation was the first important step.

I’ve said it many times before: Addy’s stories are my absolute favorite of all the American Girl series. I can’t get through as single one of her books without crying. I love that “Changes for Addy” ends on the joyous note of Addy’s reading of the Emancipation Proclamation with her family finally reunited. I also absolutely adore the dress that she wears in the illustration (that also appears on the cover of the book in later editions). American Girl made this dress, called her “Patriotic Party Dress” and, like most of her collection, it is now retired.

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I knew I absolutely needed this dress for Addy, but since I’m not a gazillionaire and can’t afford the outrageous prices it brings on eBay (if you can even find it, that is–this dress is very difficult to find) I decided to recreate it myself!

The dress was easy enough. The pattern is Kirsten’s School Dress pattern, which is very easy and fun to make. I found the fabric at Wal-Mart and the lace at Jo-Ann Fabrics.

I couldn’t find a piece of ribbon that looks like the one in the picture, so I sewed a piece of white grossgrain ribbon over top of a wider piece of navy blue.

I printed out a picture of Abraham Lincoln and Modge-Podged it to a piece of cardboard, then carefully hot glued the ribbon loops around it to create her button.

This was a really fun project and I just adore Addy in red. I love that she has a special dress to help welcome the new year tonight. I know that in addition to welcoming 2017, I will also be thinking of the important historical event that happened 154 years ago. Happy New Year!

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19 Comments Add yours

  1. izzypopcorn says:

    Aw, her outfit is gorgeous! I cry when I read Addy’s books too-they’re so heartfelt! Have a happy New Year!

    -Izzy-

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  2. Marilyn says:

    What a lovely dress. You are talented. Wishing you a blessed,healthy and happy 2017.
    Marilyn

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  3. Marion says:

    Thanks for sharing this lovely dress. It is so pretty. Have a HAPPY NEW YEAR.
    Marion

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  4. Joan says:

    That dress is gorgeous. I love the material. Did not know Walmart sold fabrics. Have a Happy 2017.
    Joan

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  5. Great job on the dress! Addy looks really pretty in it and it looks a lot like the real thing. 🙂

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  6. Sharry says:

    I haven’t read Addy’s books, but you did a really great job on the dress. Have you ever thought about opening an Etsy shop?

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    1. Emily says:

      Thanks so much! And you totally should read Addy’s books! I’ve thought quite a bit about an Etsy shop, and actually have plans for one in the works, but I am not totally sure how it is going to go. I appreciate the support so much though!

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  7. jackylina says:

    Yes! You should open an Etsy shop! I would totally buy every outfit you’ve made so far. Addy looks spectacular!

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    1. Emily says:

      Thanks so much! I’ve thought quite a bit about an Etsy shop, and actually have plans for one in the works, but I am not totally sure how it is going to go. Definitely going to start small, and actually might be going in a direction other than doll clothes at first (still doll-related, though). I hope to have more info soon! I appreciate the support!

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      1. jackylina says:

        Oh, cool! I hope you’ll post about it on your blog when it’s up and running.

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  8. Jen says:

    It’s stunning. What Heather said about Etsy… or maybe take orders from “friends” ! I like your dress better because the Abe Lincoln is more prominent. Happy New Year!

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    1. Emily says:

      Thanks so much! I’ve thought quite a bit about an Etsy shop, and actually have plans for one in the works, but I am not totally sure how it is going to go. Definitely going to start small, and actually might be going in a direction other than doll clothes at first (still doll-related, though). I hope to have more info soon! I appreciate the support! I hope your new year is going well so far!

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  9. bennettv says:

    Aw I love this! You are so talented. Addy looks amazing in her new dress! Have a wonderful new year and all the best in 2017!

    ginnie / http://www.fakingitmostly.com

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  10. IrishAG says:

    Whoa! Awesome job Emily! Your sewing posts are so special.
    Happy New year!
    ❤ , IrishAG

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  11. Flo says:

    This turned out fantastic!

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    1. Emily says:

      Thanks so much! I love her in red!

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  12. Nice job! it looks lovely 🙂

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  13. I never would have guessed that this was made from Kirsten’s pattern. This outfit is really well done!

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    1. Emily says:

      Thanks! I really like that pattern of Kirsten’s…it’s very versatile!

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