Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Coming Full Circle
This past weekend, I took a class on how to make clothes for 18" dolls using the "flat construction" method. Wow! Easy, peasy, pie! In a few short hours, I had a pair of panties, a pair of leggings, two tops, a pair of capris, and a skirt! Better yet, I am pretty sure I can make more at home without help!
These are the first doll clothes I have made since I was 12 years old!
The fun thing about all this is that the very first things I ever sewed were doll clothes. I drew up my own patterns for very easy little tops and bottoms for a doll I had at the time, and used my mom's trusty old Necchi sewing machine to create them. As a sophomore in high school looking for an "A" on a world history project, I proposed making Barbie doll outfits to represent clothing styles for women throughout history. I make a pleated skirt outfit for Cleopatra, a velvet coat with a stand up collar for Queen Elizabeth, and a hoop skirt for the pre-Civil War southern United States. I designed the outfits, and my mom helped me adapt existing patterns to create them. My daughter played with those beautiful clothes, and, hopefully, someday my granddaughters will enjoy them as well.
P.S.--I got my "A."