Why I Make Doll Clothes

This is a brand new adventure for me, so I thought I would talk a little bit about what I want to do and why.

I learned how to sew from my mom when I was growing up. She is an accomplished seamstress and she used to make all of the Halloween costumes for my sister and me. To teach me how to sew, she showed me how to make clothes and accessories for my dolls and other toys because the small scale was easier. I eventually learned how to make people-sized clothing too, but I never lost my love of designing and making new outfits for my dolls.

Me and an American Girl doll in handmade Regency dresses

Me and an American Girl doll in handmade Regency dresses

Now as a mom and doll collector, I still enjoy designing and making outfits for myself, my family, and my dolls. Often it’s because I can’t find something in particular that I want, like my pirate Ariel costume. (More pictures of my Halloween Doll Costumes.)

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Pirate Ariel doll on the left, my pirate Ariel cosplay on the right

But I also sew just for the joy of making something. It’s so much fun to make something new and see it come to life in my hands. I tend to make more things than I need, so I want to share my creations with others. I hope that it will bring joy to children and doll collectors like me and my family.

American Girl dolls in handmade dresses

American Girl dolls in handmade dresses

I also like to crochet toys and other crafts. Crocheting is a great way of working with lots of colors in three dimensions, and I find it makes really cute toys. I often give amigurumi toys as gifts to other people because it’s easy to fit a variety of interests. I even create my own patterns. You can find a free pattern for these Batman and Robin dolls on my doll blog: Sailor Ariel’s Dolls.

Batman and Robin amigurumi

Batman and Robin amigurumi

I hope that you’ll find something fun here from me!

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