Monday, December 9, 2013

Handmade Christmas - O&S LTTS Tea Party Sundresses

Last week I tackled another project from my copy of Little Things to Sew and crossed an item off my list of handmade Christmas gifts for the kiddies this year. I made Erin two tea party doll dresses for her American Girl dolls. I was very happy with how they came out and very happy with the fact that I was able to use up some fabric from my stash. In addition to making some gifts for the kids this year, I am trying to use only fabric that I have in my stash. It is going to be a bit of a challenge. I of course have many plans for sewing up items in wonderful fabrics that are not part of my stash! But I am going to stick to my guns and only use what I have. Well I'll try to not buy any new fabric...but its really hard, amiright?!

Anyway I digress....the tea party doll dresses were a quick sew. It took me an hour to make one which is not so bad I think. The instructions were so clear, just like following a regular Oliver & s pattern. I really want to sew Erin a Tea Party Sundress now because I think the end result is just so cute!

The Details
Pattern: Tea Party Doll Dress from Oliver &s Little Things to Sew by Leisl Gibson
Fabric:  for Emily's dress (doll above) Michael Miller Strawberry Tea Party pink for the skirt. Michael Miller Pindot Apple for the bodice. For McKenna's dress (doll below) Delovely by Cosmo Cricket for Andover Fabric which is no longer available and I can't find the exact fabric anywhere
Trim/Notions: pearl snaps for Emily's dress. *Still need to add snaps to McKenna's. I think I will use regular sew in snaps with the button on top like the book suggests. The pearl snaps seem too heavy.

The dresses are very cute, fit the dolls well and are definitely a heck of a lot cheaper than the AG clothes! I did buy some official American Girl wear for Erin's dolls but I got them for "free" kind of....I won a $105 gift card last year to American Girl in a raffle - score! Fingers crossed she likes the mama made dresses just as much as the "official" dresses I bought :)

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  1. LOVE! I have this little pattern, too, and should reaaallllly get to it. Yikes!

    1. Thanks Monica! And yes get to it! Ha! It really is a quick little sew, even with a little person hovering around you asking for snacks and torturing the dog 😉

  2. i'm glad you posted these pictures- I'm not worried at all now about mine fitting. They look great! Really adorable. I just printed off the O + S popover dress doll pattern and I'm hoping to bust out a couple of those too since they're so easy. :)

    1. Yay! So glad to be of help! I have the popover doll dress pattern too. Maybe I can squeeze a couple of them in too.


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