Tag Archives: American Girl doll clothes

Granddaughter’s Sewing Camp


Kennedy is proudly wearing the sundress she made at her grandmother's ("Mimi" Judy Day) sewing camp.

Kennedy is proudly wearing the sundress she made at her grandmother’s (“Mimi” Judy Day) sewing camp.

Mimi’s Sewing Camp at Judy Day’s house has been a whirlwind of activity.  Before the arrival of 8 year old Kennedy, Judy prepared a variety of projects.  Then they sewed and laughed and had a great time together.

Kennedy, who has sewn with her grandmother before,  stitched some fabulous things.  This sundress was an ambitious undertaking–and didn’t she do a great job?!?   Don’t you love her fabric choices?

See how cute the back is? Continue reading

Novelty Bishops


Some time ago, I posted an article entitled Liberty Goat Dress.  That garment is what I call a novelty bishop, which is a  fun, innovative variation on the classic bishop dress.  It simplifies pleating and solves the difficulties of smocking on plaids, Liberty of London tanna lawn and other prints.  Or it can simply combine two solids for a different look.

This post features a different garment but the same  technique, explained in what I think is a clearer manner.  I hope it is useful to you.




This variation substitutes a solid colored fabric for the smocked portion of the garment.  A plaid novelty bishop school dress can be smocked at the solid colored yoke with picture smocking or the colors in the plaid.   Picture smocking on plaids would otherwise be an serious challenge.

Continue reading