Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Nursery Rhyme and Halloween Costumes for American Girl Dolls

In 2016 I will be concentrating on creating original, one-of-a-kind costumes for your American Girl Dolls.   In this postings, I will highlight 4 of them, 2 are based on Nursery Rhymes, 2 are variations of my witch costumes for Halloween and 1 is a very colorful gypsy costume.   You can see all the designs, with more pictures and information at CSB Sews Doll Clothes on Etsy 

I was inspired to create a couple of costumes based on some of my favorite childhood nursery rhymes.:


"Mary, Mary quite contrary
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockle shells
and pretty maids all in a row"

The outfit included a bonnet, gardening apron with pockets, the dress and bloomers.   Also included are gardening tools and faux seed pockets.



The second ensemble was for Little Bo Peep.   The ensemble (which has sold) included a shepherd's staff and a her sheep.   

 "Little Bo Beep has lost her sheep
and doesn't know where to find them.
Leave them alone and they'll come home
wagging their tails behind them."


My Halloween Costumes are always popular so I've started early in order to be ready for the season.  So far I've created two witch costumes, the always popular "Candy Corn Witch" and the whimsical "Storybook Witch".




My gypsy costumes are always popular.   For the latest version I picked very bright colors.   So if you or you doll love neon pinks and yellows, this one is for you.

 

I have many other new items in my Etsy shop, so come and visit  CSB Sews Doll Clothes on Etsy.

Carolyn

Friday, March 18, 2016

Historical Costumes for 2016.

I've spent the first three months of 2016 creating historical costumes for Kit, Kirsten, Samantha and Addy.   It has been fun to revisit these periods and recreate dresses for the dolls.

First of the outfits is a colorful praire ensemble for American Girl Doll Kirsten (1854).   The outfit consists of Apron, Bonnet, Bloomers and Dress:


Next is a dress from 1864 for Addy.   This dress is reminiscent of the ensembles worn by Little Women.   This ensemble features a Black Net Snood and Dress. 


I was inspired by Victorian Fashion and have created two separate looks for this era and Samantha (1904):  Both ensembles have matching headbands:



Lastly, I had a lot of fun creating this feedsack print dress for American Girl Doll Kit (1934).    Life in the 1930s meant hard work and frugal habits. Families were used to "making do" with what they had. With feed sacks, mothers took thriftiness to new heights of creativity, transforming the humble bags into dresses and other household necessities. The feed sack makers responded by printing their sacks with colorful designs.


Thanks for looking at the creations from CSB Sews.   I hope you will take a minute and visit my shop CSB Sews Doll Clothes On Etsy.

Back soon, 

Carolyn