Sunday, February 26, 2012

HANNAH'S CLOSET-1st Pattern for AG & Other 18" Dolls-Simple Top

For the past several months I have been very engrossed in the world of the American Girl Doll. It all started when my granddaughter, Erica, couldn't afford the doll clothes she wanted to give a certain little girl and I offered to make some outfits for her. As with so many things I get involved with, one thing led to another-it went from crocheting to sewing to designing furniture to designing my own patterns because as well as I can sew-I didn't want to deal with the commercial patterns available with all those teensy, weensy pieces to cut apart and what started with making a few pieces for Jade's dolls, expanded to creating for 7 great granddaughters for Christmas.
For years, I've used the same plain patterns and methods over and over for my tops and skirts-just change out the fabrics and embellishments-so why not the same for the dolls.  I like quick and easy pieces. Check out my skirt and top at my posts with video tutorials here @ http://carolynscanvas.blogspot.com/2011/05/parts-1-2-felted-applique-no-pattern.html & http://carolynscanvas.blogspot.com/2011/05/parts-3-4-felting-appliqued-no-pattern.html. The video tutorials were also featured on www.FaveCrafts.com.
Those original designs for mix and match coordinates have been converted to printable patterns and HANNAH'S CLOSET has come in to being. My step by step instructions and videos demonstrate how making the coordinates reversible makes it easier and quicker to construct the patterns with the added bonus of having 2 pieces with one sewing and cutting rather than one. 
The 1st design was featured, again on www.FaveCrafts.com, @  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0p5hFmqbQi0 with a video tutorial and accompanying printable PDF pattern. The top has 3 waist lengths and can also be used as a jacket or bodice.

This cotton top reverses to jacket in photo below.
                                              
                                         Reversible jacket over print top with matching reversible skirt
                                      
                                  Green  jacket reverses to shiny knit shown in photo below

                                                                                      
The video tutorial demonstrates how quickly and easily Hannah's doll top goes together:

Now, the pattern is also available in my pattern store on www.Craftsy.com. I am super excited about Hannah's Closet and Craftsy.com.
When you check out www.Craftsy.com, plan on spending some time for all the divisions on that site. the pattern section features patterns by independent designers for crochet, knitting, quilting, sewing-you name it, Craftsy has it.

Good luck with HANNAH'S CLOSET. These are  perfect beginner projects for young designers.
Carolyn Wainscott  


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