Friday, November 20, 2015

Dance Costumes (Ballet, Tap and Jazz) for American Girl Dolls

As most of you know, I love to make dance costumes for American Girl and other 18 inch soft-bodied dolls.   I think every girl hopes to dance in her own way, and take her doll with her.

Here are some costumes still available at CSB Sews Doll Clothes on Etsy as of this writing.  All the costumes are complete with the appropriate shoes and head dress and would make wonderful gifts.



The Firebird

 The Nutcracker
Snow Queen

 Sugar Plum Fairy


Saturday, November 7, 2015

1950's Bubble Skirt Style for American Girl Maryellen Larkin

In the late 1950's, the bubble skirt became a popular style dresses. A bubble skirt is a full skirt that folds under at the hem and is gathered into a smaller lining. This forms a pretty pouf at the hem rather than the knife edge we are used to.  They were also called balloon hems or harem skirts.    The outer skirt is cut longer and wider than the lining. The edge of the outer skirt is gathered and sewn to the smaller lining, . The skirt layers are then sewn to the waistband or bodice of the dress.

With the help of patterns from MHD Designs, I have created this look for the new doll from American Girl, Maryellen Larkin.

As of this writing this ensemble is available at CSB Sews Doll Clothes on Etsy