Hello, lovely Friends! Ready for Christmas?? Okay yeah me either. Glad we’re on the same page about that. I need a couple of weeks to recover from Halloween first!
Thanks to everyone who was able to join me for the LIVE broadcast of my Halloween Tour on our Make it New Facebook page on Tuesday! Wasn’t that fun? It’s such a treat to be able to talk to everyone in real time. You can still watch the video if you look for it in the feed over there! You can also see my tour that I shared on my blog HERE if you missed it.
I’m happy to report that our first Halloween in the new house was a huge success! We got to meet so many new people in our new neighborhood which is always nice. I spent the better part of yesterday taking everything down and packing it away. Our porch looks so naked now.
Of course that means I don’t have anything brand new to share (lots coming though yay!!) and I am no where near ready to bust out Holiday projects, but I don’t mind at all resharing a post that might inspire a great Christmas gift idea for a special little girl in your life!
Over the weekend I shared this post in our Make it New Facebook group and thought the timing was great to share it here today.
I was so excited to share this project last year…
Here is a sneak peek of it before:
My sweet niece, Eva, has a birthday in October and last year my Mom bought her an American Girl Doll. I decided I would buy her a few outfits to go with it…that is until I saw how much they were. Are they kidding? $35 for a doll outfit?? Ohhhhhh NO WAY! Then I remembered I can sew!
The next day was Wednesday and the Salvation Army Thrift Store, at least in my area, has all clothes 50% off on Wednesdays. I decided I would try to find some children’s clothing that I could cut down into a wardrobe for Grace (Eva’s doll).
I have two boys so I can’t tell you how excited I was to get to sew doll clothes, and I saved a ton of money making them myself!
Up first is this purple sweater:
I paired it with these jeggings:
To create this outfit:
Oh and those boots? They were this vest:
Cute right?? Total for this outfit, including the boots: $4. I am not kidding!
That doesn’t include thread, elastic, or Velcro, just what I paid for the clothes at 50% off. I tell ya, searching the thrift store for pieces to use is way more fun than walking the fabric aisles at the fabric store!
Next up is this girl’s skirt that I paired with a women’s tank:
I tried to take advantage of pretty finished edges wherever I could. These two pieces cost $3.
For most of these pieces, including the boots, I used one pattern by McCall’s. I found mine at JoAnns, but it’s actually cheaper on amazon HERE (affiliate).
Grace needs a Christmas dress, right? I thought this one would be perfect:
And it was…
The original dress had some stains on the bow, but I was able to cut it down. This dress was only $1.50!
And what about those shoes?
Yep. Made those too. I modified the boot pattern and added bows…
And here’s how they started out:
This is a leather skirt originally from the Gap in a size zero. I don’t ever remember being a size zero, but for $2.50 it was perfect for a few accessories. (You’ll see what else I made with it coming up.)
Next up is this women’s jacket and girl’s skirt I paired together at the thrift store:
They turned into this preppy little number:
I made another top with short sleeves out of the women’s tank I used earlier, to create a top to go under this jacket. Total cost for this jacket and skirt: $4.
I love this next one. I paired this girl’s shirt with a pair of toddler leggings:
They became this comfy get-up:
SO cute! All of these shirts are easy to get on and off with a strip of Velcro at the back. I varied this shirt pattern on the length at the bottom, and for the sleeves on a couple, but I used it for most of the tops in these outfits. The leggings were super easy. I paid $2 for these two pieces. (The little stones on the shirt are the stones on the little ballet flats. )
Here’s another simple one…I found this cute girl’s shirt and paired it with these leggings, that actually had a hole in the knee, but that made no difference!
And here is how they turned out:
Total cost, minus the boots (that came from the leather skirt): $1.50!
The boots really make it though! Aren’t they the coolest?? They were included in the pattern!
How about some jammies for Grace?
I found this Cuddl Duds women’s shirt that still had the original tags on it:
I knew it would make great fleecy jammies:
I added the pocket detail to make it a little different, but again I used the shirt and legging patterns.
Total cost: $3.
The doll I used as my model came from Target. It has a prettier face than the American Girl dolls in my opinion and was a fraction of the cost, but her hair was very thin when it was hanging straight. (You can see that in the jammies photo above.) Still a good alternative if the real deal is out of your price range.
Here’s one just to show the vest I made out of the leather skirt. I mixed it with pieces from other outfits:
I saved my favorite for last. I matched this girl’s sweater and skirt:
To create this one-of-a-kind outfit:
My favorite! Using the original hems in the sweaters helped to make them both look authentic. This did require a little pattern modification as well. I added some of the hem detail to the neck for this one just as I did for the first one. You also have to be sure to seal the seams with a zig zag stitch to prevent unraveling when using sweaters.
It’s the boots and hat that totally make it though. This hat was in the pattern as well, but I added the rosette detail:
So chic! Total cost for this outfit, even with the boots and hat: $5.00. That includes the leggings as well. You just can’t beat that!
I hope you enjoyed these transformations! I spent a total of $26.50 on the clothes I used, and about $10 more for thread, elastic, and velcro. That’s eight individual outfits for just a little more than the cost of one American Girl Doll outfit I looked at. If you can sew and have a special little girl in your life who would love some doll clothes, this is the way to go!
The pattern for the shirt and leggings was super easy to follow so even if you are a novice at the machine, you can definitely tackle those two pieces and still make several cute outfits.
I truly had too much fun with these, and spent way too much time on them, but I loved every minute. I may be a boy mom, but the girly girl in me was like a kid again.
If you’ve already seen this project, I hope you enjoyed the replay! 🙂
My hutch is painted and I’ll be back to share it next time. Here is a reminder of how it started:
UPDATE: See how this hutch looks now HERE!
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