I have tried repeatedly to make doll clothes for our girls 18 inch dolls. I always end up in tears after completely ruining the material as I stitch and unstitch and restitch repeatedly. Then the total frustration hits me as I think if how much I spent on material, a pattern and the time I am wasting since nothing was actually being created. I vowed that people who make doll clothes earn the money they charge, because those are extremely hard to make!
We were recently given the opportunity to try out Rosie's Doll Clothes Patterns Online Video Course (Ages 8 and up, $47.51). Rose's Doll Clothes Patterns Online Video Course gives you 12 month access to over 130 step by step video tutorials, plus 8 free downloadable doll clothes patterns.
The first thing that I really enjoyed about using Rosie's Doll Clothes Patterns Online Video Course is they do not expect you to be an expert sewer. The videos are written for the beginner like me. The one who has attempted to sew, and can a little, but still needs lots of help. They also do not require you to have a bunch of fancy equipment.
Each short video (usually under 5 minutes) is arranged according to topic. So if you are very new to sewing, Rosie's Doll Clothes Patterns has videos to help you learn the skills you will need broken down in short sessions. This was beneficial for both Lydia and I. She is learning how to use the big sewing machine, but it still gets away from her.
We spent some time watching the videos and learning sewing terminology. There are actually 6 weeks worth of sewing videos (or less depending on how many you watch each week) helping you to grasp basic sewing techniques that will help you in making doll clothes.
I found these videos very helpful as they were not only giving me a refresher course in sewing, but the video on choosing material gave some great pointers. It made Lydia and I rethink her choice of material she was going to use to make some clothes.
The patterns that are included with the Rosie's Doll Clothes Patterns Online Video Course (the 8 patterns included in the purchase price) are shorts, crop top, sarong, halter top, nightie, hat, underpants and pumpkin costume. Lydia and I were able to attempt the first 2 patterns during our initial review period.
(I might add this before I start showing you the pictures.....please watch the whole video describing each step. I thought I knew better...and the reason it took us so long to finish these two items is I had to take them apart and re-sew them a couple times each.)
The patterns were very easy to print. There is even a video included on how to print the patterns. There are step by step instructions included with each pattern.
So I am printed prepared and ready to go.
I can emphasize enough.....watch the videos before you start each step. They are so important if you are a "beginner" seamstress like I am.
But we made it through our first successful pair of shorts for our American Girl Doll.
Next we started the crop top. I did not think I would make it through. I tried to read the pattern only. I have never been able to read a pattern, always had trouble. But I thought I would give it a try. Did I mention how helpful the videos are? They were the life saver for this project.
The videos were so important because even watching the video I messed up. But I was able to re-watch easily and fix what mistakes I had made.
And after a little time.....voila!!!
Now to buy an outfit similar to this would have cost us roughly $29 - $40 from the actual American Girl catalog. I hate the thought of spending that much money on doll clothes, when my clothes come from yard sales and Goodwill. Drumroll please......this outfit cost $2.00 to buy the fabric. We used quilt scraps from Walmart and I have material leftover to make more outfits. Actually there is enough to make Lydia a matching pair of shorts and shirt to go with this doll.
That is a massive savings. I saved enough on this one outfit to offset the cost of a 12 month subscription to Rosie's Doll Clothes Patterns Online Tutorials. We haven't even stopped sewing yet!!
I can't wait to keep going with this program. Lydia and I are both enjoying learning how to sew doll clothes. Say you don't have an 18 inch American Girl style doll, but you do have an 18 inch doll or Cabbage Patch kid you would like to make clothes for....Rosie's Doll Clothes Patterns Online Tutorials has patterns for you too. In fact these clothes will work on most 18 inch dolls. It does not have to be an American Girl doll brand.
I highly recommend Rosie's Doll Clothes Patterns Online Video Course!! It was fun to do and great mommy/child bonding time.
Several members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew were able to use Rosie's Doll Clothes Patterns Online Tutorials. Be sure to make sure to check out the Schoolhouse Review Crew blog and see how their families were able to use this awesome online program.