Sunday, February 26, 2012


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. 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.
Those original designs for mix and match coordinates have been converted to printable patterns and HANNAH'S CLOSET  came into 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 on,
with a video tutorial and accompanying printable PDF pattern. The top has 3 waist lengths and can also be used as a jacket.

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 Etsy @
along with other mix and match separates for your American Girl Doll and other 18" dolls.
 I am super excited about Hannah's Closet and

When you check out, 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.

or cruise through all the online classes available

Happy sewing/quilting/crafting
Carolyn Wainscott

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