Back in July 2013, I made a personal sized quilt for a 9 year old daughter of one of Mr. Pirate's cousins. Technically, the daughter is a first cousin/twice removed, but that gets very cumbersome. She just calls us Uncle & Aunt.
I found out from the Mom that the daughter had an American Girl doll, McKenna, who the daughter still loved. I offered to make a matching quilt for McKenna. The suggestion was enthusiastically agreed to.
I attended a doll show, in the hopes that I would be able to pick up some American Girl "stuff". Just what sort of "stuff" I had no idea because I didn't have a clue what might be available. So, I went with an open mind, alert to possibilities. I was able to pick up some shoes (black Mary Jane types, a pair of sandals, a pair of blue "suede" boots and a pair of red rain boots), some socks, hair curlers (!), clothes hangers, a beautiful hand-knit sweater and some other items that I can't quite remember.
Once back home, I began to plan outfits that would use the items I had just purchased.
In anticipation of the coming Fall and cooler weather, I made a pair of trousers to coordinate with the sweater.
The sweater had off-white/cream sleeves and back with a mottled off-white/turquoise front. Gosh, it was so pretty!
Turquoise was a deliberate choice, as that is the daughter's favorite color. (Or at least it was at the time!)
You know what REALLY annoyed me about this cape??? I was SO careful about matching the plaid at the side seams that I apparently completely IGNORED the most obvious place: the center front! Oh. My. Gosh. I literally stamped my feet on the floor when I realized that. Normally, I would have redone it but I didn't have any more of that plaid and neither did I have any other color fabric that would be suitable for a cape. Additionally, Mr. Pirate was harassing me to "get those doll clothes DONE before the girl graduates from college!". So, to my own everlasting disappointment, I let it go. I don't think the Mom or the daughter will ever notice it (neither is a sewer), but every time I see that photograph?? aarrrgghhh!
I still need to make a raincoat to go with the red galoshes. And maybe a Christmas dress ... although time is getting kinda short for me to get that sewn up. I'll try. :-)
What I just adored about this project was simply that I *could* make them. I was thwarted when my own 3 girls were young; none of them liked to play with dolls ... My Little Ponies, yes. Dolls, no. So, at last, here was my chance to make doll clothing! I tell ya, I was enjoying myself waaaay too much and Mr. Pirate's admonition was well said. :-)