For Laurel’s 9th birthday I finally finished smocking this nightie. The matching gown for her American Girl Molly had long since been done. But when little Vivian Rose was born I was wrapped up making baby girl things, so this project was pushed to the back burner. I was so glad to have both pink things out of my sewing room.
Like the Molly’s nightgown, Laurel’s has a machine embroidered heart in the unsmocked area at center front. The designs are from Martha Pullen’s Little Pleasures collection which includes two nearly identical hearts in two sizes. A little editing made them match almost perfectly. Laurel notices and appreciates details like that.
Here I am, so busy I can hardly find time to comb my hair. Meanwhile, granddaughter Laurel has been waiting somewhat patiently for the smocked nightgown I’ve started for her Molly doll. Finishing this nightie has been an urgent request of Laurel’s because, she tells me, “Molly has to sleep in her CLOTHES, Nana!” Outrageous, I know. If there were a DPS (Doll Protective Services) agency, Laurel would be panicked.
But yesterday I came across a stash of doll clothes I made many years ago and, whoopee! they fit the American Girls dolls! They were projects for doll schools that Mildred Turner and I organized and taught around the country some years ago. In these schools, students sewed a wardrobe that Mildred and I had designed for 20″ porcelain dolls. This, I think, was the nightdress for Melanie, our Gone With the Wind character doll for the Atlanta school. What fun we had at those schools.
At any rate, the bias bound neck is a little snug and the gown touches the floor on the 18″ American Girls dolls, but Addy is not complaining.
In order to draft an American Girls bishop pattern I had borrowed Addy from my godchild, Caitlin, for whom I bought this doll 16 years ago. Her 2 1/2 year old daughter Alysha, has been dragging Addy around the house for more than a year now. Continue reading
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