Hello, lovely Friends! I am pretty excited about today’s post.
Here is the sneak peek of this project I shared on Thursday:
I know you were probably wondering what on earth I was going to do with them.
My sweet niece, Eva, had a birthday a couple of weeks ago and 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. Not happening. But 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.
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!
I bought several warm-weather pieces of clothing as well, but decided to save them for a few Spring-Summer additions to her wardrobe.
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. 🙂
I’ll be back on Thursday sharing how I updated this huge basket I found:
I’ll see y’all then! 🙂
UPDATE: Boom! Check out what I did to this basket HERE!
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