Thursday, January 15, 2015

Elsa American Girl Doll Dresses

In addition to making Elsa costumes for Halloween 2014, I also made three Elsa American Girl doll costumes as a commission.  I purchased the Snow Queen pattern from Dollhouse Designs on Etsy, and I absolutely loved it.  This was my first experience with making an outfit for an American Girl doll, and I was initially intimidated by the entire process. 

However, putting the outfit together was MUCH easier than it seemed at first glance.  I think the pattern printed out as almost 20 pages with even more for instructions, and so I felt a bit overwhelmed.  There are two patterns for some of the pieces, depending on whether the fabric that you're using is woven or knit, so as long as you know what kind of material you're working with, you can ignore about five pieces. 

There are also extensions for some of the pattern pieces, because the dolls that are currently being produced actually have smaller waists than the originals.  (I'll spare you the rant, but let's just say that I wasn't pleased to learn that they had become more hourglass-shaped!) 

In addition, because you're printing out a PDF file, several of the pieces actually get assembled together prior to cutting out the fabric, so that explains why there are SO many pages to the pattern.  I found that once I had all of my patterns put together, the actual construction was super simple.

The best part is that this pattern is so well-constructed that there was no need for any modifications!

The dress is actually two pieces - the skirt and top (the organza part), and then the bodice and cape.  The skirt/top has velcro in the back, and the bodice has velcro on the side, so the cape remains in one piece.  I think these turned out beautifully, so if you want to make an Elsa Dollhouse Designs on Etsy (or Anna - there is also a pattern for Anna's cape, and the Snow Queen pattern would work for Anna's dress as well), please go check out Dollhouse Designs.

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